Friday, March 22, 2013

A Nice Marmorosh Win

This game is quoted in Eliyahu Fasher's book, Shachmet Le'Hanna'atcha [Chess for Pleasure, 2nd Edition, 1980], p. 165. Fascher notes - without comment -- that the game is taken from "Chernov's book" -- presumably Fasher is using a variant Hebrew spelling for Irving Chernev [or Cherniev], the prolific chess author -- who says the game was played by "the Egyptian [sic] player Mussa Marmorosh" in Jerusalem in 1928.

This is surely the Palestinian player Moshe Marmorosh ["Mussa" is the Arabic version of "Moshe", that is, Moses], who at the time was indeed giving such exhibitions quite often. Can anybody locate the original quote -- and if so, how could Chernev make such an odd mistake with Marmorosh's name?

In any case, the game itself:

White: Moshe Marmorosh
Black: Polani [Ph. spelling]
Vienna Opening [C29]

Source: Irving Chernev?

Annotator: Eliyahu Fasher

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5 4. fxe5 Nxe4 5. Nf3 Be7 6. Bd3 Nxc3 7. dxc3 Bc5 8. Bg5 f6 9. exf6 gxf6 10. Qe2+ Kf7 11. Ne5+ Kg7

 12. Bh6+! Kg8 (12... Kxh6? 13. Nf7+) 13. Qf3 fxe5 14. Rf1 Qh4+ 15. g3

15... Qe7 (15... Qxh6? 16. Qf7#) 16. Qxd5+ Be6 

17. Bc4!! "with unaviodable mate" 1-0

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