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Beer + Marshall + Schiller + A New Chess Joke

Spotted and sent to me by a Corner surfer.
I've drank most things with a taste first feel the effects
later attitiude and this will be no different.
I'll get my hands on some bottles of this stuff,
me and Keith Ruxton will give a review.

Lothian Championship 2010

Marshall's Gold Coins Game.

Not a debate about whether or not this actually happened.
(the current concenus appears to be 'No' according to Marshall's wife).

But whilst checking a fact in 'Kings,Commoners and Knaves.'
I met this game where Marshall, playing without sight of the board,
sacced his Queen in a similiar fashion two years after the Levitsky game.

He is the famous version. S.Levitsky - F.Marshall, Breslau, 1912. Black to play.

Marshall played 23...Qg3!! and it rained gold pieces.

I found F.Marshall - Allies, New York 1914. White to play.

Blindfolded Frank, as in the last game a piece up, played 11.Qxg6?!
(11.h4-h5 looks the easiest way especially considering the handicap).

The allies should now have showered the board with brass pennies.
Marshall would have thought it was another cluster of gold coins
and looked at the board thus forfeiting the game.

With correct play Black can hang on but a few weak moves allowed
White to win back the Queen and play out a won ending even
allowing for the blunder 42...Rxc3?? Here is the complete game.

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F.Marshall - Allies

1.e4 e5 2.d4 d6 3.Nf3 Ne7 4.dxe5 Bg4 5.Bc4 Nbc6 6.Nc3 Nxe5 7.Nxe5 dxe5 8.Qxg4 Ng6 9.Be3 Bd6 10.0-0-0 0-0 11.Qxg6 hxg6 12.h4 a6 13.h5 gxh5 14.Rxh5 g6 15.Rh6 Kg7 16.Rdh1 Kf6 17.Nd5+ Ke6 18.Nb6+ Ke7 19.Bg5+ f6 20.Rh7+ Ke8 21.Bh6 cxb6 22.Bxf8 Bxf8 23.Bf7+ Kd7 24.Rd1+ Bd6 25.Bd5+ Ke8 26.Bxb7 Rb8 27.Rh8+ Kd7 28.Rxd8+ Rxd8 29.Bxa6 Kc7 30.Bb5 Rh8 31.f3 Rh2 32.Bf1 f5 33.exf5 gxf5 34.Kd2 Rh4 35.c3 Rh8 36.b4 Rd8 37.Kc2 f4 38.a4 Ra8 39.Bb5 Rg8 40.Rd2 Rc8 41.Kd3 Kb7 42.Ke4 Rxc3 43.Rxd6

Endgame Ernie

Hi Chaps. This position (White to play) is an easy Black win.

Black can force the White King onto g8 and then use the free move
to bring across his and King and mate White. Something like this.

However add a couple of insignificant looking pawns.

And with White to move it's a book draw.
Try and win it as Black. White plays 1.Kh7.


I've seen it again. This time in the latest CHESS (December 2009)
in an article by Amatzia Avni called aptly enough; "What Are We Learning?"

Yes once again it's Karpov - Spassky, Leningrad 1974. White to play. (24.Nb1)

This has to be the most often re-produced diagram in the history of chess.

(The gold coin Marshall game given above is also in the running....Ed).

Everyone has used it. It's everywhere. You can see it from the Moon.
By coincidence Edward Winter laments in the afor mentioned
'Kings,Commoners and Knaves.'that chess writers use the same games
and positions over and over again.

(A bit like you did with the Marshall position?.....Ed).

Of course mention Edward WInter with his endless (and thankless) task of
correcting writers errors and sooner or later the name of Eric Schiller pops up.
Another coincidence is that Eric Schiller has 6 page interview complete
with games in the latest CHESS.

Eric was asked to pick some of his fondest game memories and recalled
this effort where he walked into an opening trap and swindle his way out of it.

My database of 59 million games reveals that this position (Black to play)

has been reached 164 times. White W.124. D.28 L.9.

E.Mercere - E.Schiller, New York 1998.
Here is the game. Schiller is losing but his activity and as Schiller notes,
his opponent was feeling the typical pressure you feel when you have
a game you know you should win.

12.Rd1 instead of 12.Qxh6 would have giving White a comfortable game.
But the missed killer was 16.Rd1! and Schiller admits he would have resigned.

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E.Mercere - E.Schiller

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Be7 4.d4 Nd7? 5.dxe5 Nxe5 6.Nxe5 dxe5 7.Qh5 g6 8.Qxe5 Nf6 9.Bh6 Rg8 10.Nc3 Ng4 11.Qf4 Nxh6 12.Qxh6 Bg5 13.Qxh7 Qd2+ 14.Kf1 Rf8 15.Bb3 Be6 16.Bxe6 fxe6 17.Qxg6+ Ke7 18.Nd1 Rxf2+ 19.Nxf2 Rf8 20.Qg7+ Rf7 21.Qxf7+ Kxf7 22.g3 Qxc2 23.Kg2 Qxb2 24.Rab1 Qxa2 25.Ra1 Qc2 26.Rxa7 Be3

D.Blohm - E.Schiller, San Francisco, 1998.
Shows our hero again walking into an opening trap in the Philidor.
This time however it was not mentioned in his memorable games.

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D.Blohm - E.Schiller

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Nf3 Nd7 4.Bc4 h6 5.d4 Be7 6.dxe5 dxe5 7.Qd5 Ndf6 8.Qxf7+ Kd7 9.Nxe5+ Kd6 10.Nb5+ Kxe5 11.f4+ Kxe4 12.Bd3+ Qxd3 13.cxd3+ Kf5 14.g4+ Kxg4 15.h3+ Kh4 16.Be3 Bb4+ 17.Ke2 Bxh3 18.Kf3 Ng4 19.Rxh3+ Kxh3 20.Qh5

Just to prove I'm not having a free pop at Schiller here is a quick win
of his from the Internet 2001. I recall falling into this v Dr. Kona in
a skittles game at the Edinburgh C.C. a few decades ago.

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J.Lacasa - E.Schiller

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.Nf3 Qa5 5.Bc4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Qc5

Black is winning a piece.

Interesting quote from Schiller in his interview.

In the Kasparov - Kramnik World title match, Kasparov ran into the
Berlin Wall conceding several draws with the White pieces.

After the match Schiller advised Kasparov to "get away from that damned computer."
adding that the computer told him White had a plus but Kramnik had looked
at the position and did not care what the computer said.

**************** A Christmas Chess Joke ***************

A chess player is admiring his collection of chess books. His wife walks by.

"When I die will you marry another chess player?" he asks.

"Of course I will." she replies.

"Will you give him all my opening books on the Ruy Lopez?"

"No. He plays 1.d4."


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