Marshall Attack in World Cup 2021

GM Carlsen advanced to Semifinals

31/7/2021 – Fantastic performance by World Champion Magnus Carlsen in winning both games versus GM Bacrot, Etienne (France) in the quarterfinals. I have noticed  his deep understanding of the Marshall Attack as demonstrated on his  fantastic “queen sacrifice” game.

To chess beginners, let me introduce you “The Marshall Attack” which is a theoretical contribution of  legendary US GM Frank Marshall. 

GM Etienne Bacrot used the Anti-Marshall Attack variation 8. a4, unfortunately, it was refuted by GM Carlsen’s flawless execution as shown in his game.

Ruy Lopez  – Marshall Attack:   This variation teases white to take the 8…d5 pawn  in return to quick development at the same time, aims to attack white’s kingside. It is a gambit but white must think twice to accept it  because its dangerous and tricky.

CHESS BLOG No. 13 : Date: 31th July 2021

INTRODUCTION: THE MARSHALL ATTACK

Ruy Lopez:   Marshall Attack (C89)  Chess Opening Classification

Walter Frere vs. GM Frank Marshall

(Event: 1917  New York , USA )

1:  e4        e5     
2: Nf3     Nc6
3: Bb5     a6          (The Ruy Lopez)     

4: Ba4     Nf6        
5: 0-0      Be7          

6. Re1      b5         

7. Bb3     0-0         (Remember this white’s bishop move at b3)          

8. c3        d5          (The Marshall Attack)

9.     exd5    e4     (In early times, this is popular move).   

10.   dxc6    exf3  (Very dangerous position for white)  

11.    d4        fxg2           

12.   Bf4      Bg4

13.   Qd3     Nh5     

14 .  Bxc7    Qxc7  (black is setting a trap) 

15. Qe4       Nf4

16. Qxe7     Qxe7  

17. Rxe7      Bf3  (white resigned)

COMPARE IT TO GM CARLSEN's GAME

At move 8, GM Bacrot played 8. a4 (anti-marshall) instead of the normal 8. Re1. But the anti-marshall setup did not materialize because of GM Carlsen's genius deviation.

At move 14... d5, Marshall Attack is activated. Its up to GM Bacrot to accept the poison pawn at e5. Notice the white's bishop at a2 will become a useless piece.

Now, analyze the position why white is in danger here. The way GM Carlsen combines his tactical genius and his exemplary skill to dissect the smallest weakness of opponents position, justifies why he is very difficult to be dethroned as world chess champion.

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