Marshall the Technician

Marshall the Technician

NM GreenLaser
Mar 21, 2009, 12:00 AM |
13 | Opening Theory

Frank Marshall (1877-1944) won the U.S. championship in 1904, but refused the title because Harry Pillsbury was unable to play. In 1907, Marshall lost a world title match against the champion, Emanuel Lasker. Marshall became the U.S. champion in 1909 and gave up that title in 1936. His greatest tournament was Cambridge Springs 1904 with a first place score of 13 out of 15. The story that Marshall was designated one of the five original grandmasters by Tsar Nicholas II at St. Petersburg 1914 is questioned. His opponent in this game, Richard Teichmann of Germany, was one of the strongest players in that era. In 31 games Marshall and Teichmann had an even score. Marshall was known as a tactical player, but here he develops advantages to use in the ending. However, this endgame has been written about for almost 100 years.

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