Sunday, February 26, 2012

Frank James Marshall vs. Jose Raul Capablanca (1909, Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, Rubinstein System)

After 34.__b2
[Date "1909"]
[Round "23"]
[White "Frank James Marshall"]
[Black "Jose Raul Capablanca"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 {In the "Tarrasch Defense" of the "Queen's GambitDeclined", black immediately challenges white to gain space. The resulting complication usually results to an isolated pawn for black. The theoretical debate lies on whether or not the isolated pawn is more of a weakness compared to giving black unrestricted bishops.} 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. g3 Be6 7.Bg2 {The "Rubinstein System" of this type of opening seems to evoke solidity on the kingside.} 7... Be7 8. O-O Nf6 9. Bg5 Ne4 10. Bxe7 Qxe7 11. Ne5 Nxd4 12. Nxe4 dxe4 13. e3 Nf3+ 14. Nxf3 exf3 15. Qxf3 {The game has been simplified with black having a queenside pawn majority. White however has full control of the h-8 diagonal.} 15... O-O 16. Rac1 {The resulting exchange of queens in the event that the b7 pawn is taken will be good for black. (16. Qxb7 Qxb7; 17.Bxb7 Rab8)} 16... Rab8 {Black defends the b7 pawn and prepares for the pawn roller attack.} 17. Qe4 Qc7 18. Rc3 b5 19. a3 c4 20. Bf3 Rfd8 21. Rd1 Rxd1+ 22. Bxd1 Rd8 23. Bf3 g6 24. Qc6 Qe5 25. Qe4 Qxe4 26. Bxe4 Rd1+ 27. Kg2 a5 {It is now very difficult for white to defend against black's pawns. } 28. Rc2 b4 29. axb4 axb4 30. Bf3 Rb1 31. Be2 b3 32. Rd2 Rc1 33. Bd1 c3 {Capablanca's handling of the attack is very instructive. His use of the pawn majority is precise and well calculated.} 34. bxc3 b2 {White seems to have no other sensible option but to lose the bishop in exchange of the b2 pawn.} 35. Rxb2 Rxd1 {Now that Capablanca is a piece up, his accurate way of handling the position would definitely assure him victory.} 36. Rc2 Bf5 37. Rb2 Rc1 38. Rb3 Be4+ 39. Kh3 Rc2 40. f4 h5 41. g4 hxg4+ 42. Kxg4 Rxh2 43. Rb4 f5+ 44. Kg3 Re2 45. Rc4 Rxe3+ 46. Kh4 Kg7 47.Rc7+ Kf6 48. Rd7 Bg2 49. Rd6+ Kg7 0-1

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