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Anthony Santasiere vs Frank Marshall
Masters Tournament (1931), New York, NY USA, rd 3, Apr-21
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0



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  Sneaky: First Marshall was winning (in my opinion), then he had an easy draw, then he was lost...

Clearly he erred in the endgame. But where? Bishop??

Jul-25-05  Whitehat1963: Slick little endgame puzzle after 78...Kh8. Check it out.
Apr-04-06  LoFarkas: Not really puzzle material, as almost anything wins. g7+, h7, rh7+ and 5 other moves are all forced mates in 10 or less moves. Rf8+ is only mate in 12 or so. (I found g7+ and then checked it with CM, which is where the other variations come from.)

Impressive endgame from Santasiere, though.

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  tpstar: The key to the combination appears after 79. Rf8+! Rxf8 80. g7+ where 80 ... Kg8 is not met by 81. gxf8=Q+? drawing but 81. Kg6! winning:

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Now all Rook moves besides 81 ... Rf6+ lose to 82. h7#, thus 81 ... Rf6+ 82. Kxf6 Kh7 83. Kf7 with an easy win.

In the game, underpromoting to a Bishop also works = 81. gxf8=B Kg8 82. Kg6 Kh8 (82 ... Kxf8 83. h7) 83. Bg7+ Kg8 84. h7#.

Dec-09-11  tarikhk: wait. An extra, passed pawn and the initiative? How did he lose?
Dec-25-12  vinidivici: 79.Rf8+ could be a POTD due to the unique state of the puzzle. Maybe monday or tuesday.
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  OhioChessFan: I have to fault 43...Rc3. 42...Nd1 followed immediately by 43..Nb2 makes some sense. But 43...Rc3 gives White's King some initiative in attacking the Black Knight. The King has a bit of ability to chase down the Knight, while Black's attack on the much longer range moving Bishop is illusory. The only advantage of having White's King move toward the Queenside is to facilitate a Rook attack on the Kingside Pawns. If that is the case, then surely 45. Bb1 Rh3 is indicated. 45. Bb5 was better for White anyway, which again points out the waste of time with Rc3.

55...Kd4 is probably a blunder, blocking the Rook and abandoning the defense of the d Pawn.

Jun-18-18  Omnipotent00001: 62. Kd3 is drawn
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Marshall played 64..Rf6 here. It was better to preface this move with 64..Rf3+! and only after 65 Kg2 (65 Kg4 Rf2) go 65..Rf6 when the White King is too far back to support h5.

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