Friday, September 27, 2013

A Marmorosh Victory, 1926.

A different kind of Spanish battle. Source: wikipedia commons
The following game was played by Marmorosh in Jerusalem, 1926 (these are all the details given). Source: Davar, 9/1/1931, p. 5. It is given the nice name, 'A Spanish Battle'. He is somewhat (to my taste) too generous with the exclamation points -- but the combination in the end is, indeed, pretty. In any case, queen sacrifices are always fun "for the gallery"...

Event: Unknown (simultaneous display?)
Date:  1926
White: Marmorosh
Black: "N." (sic)
ECO: C84 (Closed Ruy Lopez)
Annotator: Marmorosh
Source: see above.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Be7 7. Nc3 O-O 8. Bd5 b4 9. Ne2 Bb7 10. Ng3 d6 11. d3 Nxd5 12. exd5 Nb8 13. c4! bxc3 14. Qb3 Qc8 14... cxb2 would win a pawn but would put Black behind in development. 15.bxc3 Nd7 16. d4 Nb6 16... Nf6 is better, to defend the king side. 17. c4 exd4 18. Nxd4 Qd7 Black wishes to save himself by exchanging queens, but he's too late. 19. Bb2 Qa4 20. Ndf5 Bf6 21. Nh5 Qxb3

22. Bxf6!!! (sicNc8 If the queen moves, then 23. Ne7+ Kh8 24. Bxg7#. 23. Bxg7!! with unavoidable mate. (1-0)

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