Friday, September 27, 2013

Marmorosh vs. Gordon, Tel Aviv - Jerusalem Match, 1930

Marmorosh, as we have seen, liked to publish queen sacrifices -- especially his own, and was a bit generous with self-praise. Here is another such example -- which, in fact, is more interesting than the previous one. Rather than sacrifice his queen for mate, he sacrifices it to force a winning ending, and indeed easily converts it into a win.

Event: Tel-Aviv Jerusalem Match, 1930.
White: Marmorosh
Black: Shaul Gordon
ECO: C30 (King's Gambit Declined)
Annotator: Marmorosh
Source: Davar, 14/11/1930, p. 5. 

The most interesting game of the recent Tel-Aviv - Jerusalem match. 1. e4 e5 2. f4 d6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exf4 6. Bxf4 Be7 6... Nxe4 is impossible, because after 7. d5 Ne7 (or any other knight move) 8. Qa4+ wins a piece. 7. Bd3 Nh5 8. Be3 O-O 9. O-O Nf6 10. h3 Ne8 11. Nbd2 g6 $2 12. Bh6 Ng7 13. Qe2 f5 14. Rae1 Bf6 15. exf5! Re8 Black counted on this move to free himself, but White sacrifices his queen and ensnares Black. 

16. Bc4+! d5 17. Bxd5+!! Qxd5 18. Qxe8+!! Nxe8 19. Rxe8+ Kf7 20. Rf8+ Ke7 21. Re1+ Be6 22. Rxe6+ Qxe6 23. fxe6 Rxf8 24. Bxf8+ Kxf8 25. Ne4 Ke7 26. d5 Ne5 27. Nxf6 Nxf3+ 28. gxf3 Kxf6 29. Kf2 b5 30. b3 c6 31. c4 a5 32. Ke3 a4 33. dxc6 axb3 34.axb3 bxc4 35. c7 Black resigns (1-0).

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