Marshall's Legacy
Pushing the d-pawn in the Italian Game

By Michael Goeller

Frank James Marshall was known for his risky and uncompromising opening play, especially in the Open Games where he often insisted on playing an early d7-d5 push as Black. His legacy continues to interest the players of today, especially in the Marshall Gambit against the Spanish but also in an early d5 advance against the Italian, which players continue to try in various forms. We take as our example the game Garnelis - Brunello, World Junior Championship 2009 which opened 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 O-O 6.O-O d5! and continued like a famous Marshall game (which we examine in the notes). Sabino Brunello has played the d-pawn push many times before with great success and seems to be a believer in the idea, and his games (and those of at least one of his chessplaying siblings) feature in our analysis.

Julius Garnelis (2228) - Sabino Brunello (2533) [C54]

48th World Junior Championship/Puerto Madryn ARG (4) 2009


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5

Marshall was most famous for a game with an early d5 push that began 3... Nf6 4. d3 (Black has to be prepared for 4. Ng5 or 4. d4, of course) 4... d5!?

 

 

Some might label this "?!" but Frank James Marshall's idea might still be viable.

 

5. exd5 Nxd5 6. O-O Bg4 7. Re1 Be7!?

(7... Qd6! may be the necessary improvement: 8. h3 (8. d4 O-O-O 9. dxe5 Qc5 10. Nbd2 Nf4) 8... Bh5 9. Nbd2 (9. d4 Bxf3 (9... O-O-O!? 10. g4 e4! e.g.: 11. Ng5 Bg6 12. Nxe4 Bxe4 13. Rxe4 Nf6 14. Re3 Qxd4) 10. Qxf3 Nxd4 11. Qxd5 Qxd5 12. Bxd5 Nxc2 Emms) (9. Nc3 Nxc3 10. bxc3 O-O-O) 9... O-O-O 10. Ne4 Qd7 11. Ng3 Bxf3 12. Qxf3 Nd4 13. Qd1 Nb6 (13... f6 14. c3 Nc6 15. a4! a6 16. a5) 14. Rxe5 Bd6 15. Re1 Bxg3 16. fxg3 Nxc4 17. dxc4 Qf5 18. Rf1 Qe4 19. Qg4+ Qxg4 20. hxg4 Nxc2 21. Rb1 Rd7 (21... Rhe8!?) 22. g5 Re8 23. Bf4 Re4 24. Rbc1 Nd4 25. Rce1 Ne2+ 26. Kf2 Rde7 27. Bd2 R7e5 28. Rh1 Rf5+ 29. Bf4 Nxg3!? (29... Nxf4! 30. Rxe4 Nh5+ 31. Ke3 Nxg3 32. g6! fxg6 33. Rxh7 Nxe4 34. Kxe4 Rf7=) 30. Rxe4 Nxe4+ 31. Kf3 Nd6 32. Rxh7 g6 33. g4 Ra5 34. Bxd6 cxd6 35. a3 Rxg5 36. Rxf7 Rc5 37. Rf6 Rxc4 38. Rxg6 1-0 Komliakov,V (2485)-Calderin,R (2425)/Elista RUS 1998 (52))

 

8. h3 Bh5 9. g4 Bg6 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 Nb6 12. Bb3 (12. Qe2 Nxc4 13. dxc4 f6 14. Re6 Kf7 15. Nc3 Qd7 Marshall) 12... O-O 13. Nc3 Kh8!? (the same idea used in our main game) 14. Bd2

 

(As proof that this line still has practical value, a recent high level encounter went 14. Qf3?! f5! 15. Be3?! Bd6! 16. Rxf5 Bxf5 17. gxf5 Qd7 18. Qxb7 Qxf5 1/2-1/2 Gallagher,J-Halkias,S/Budva MNE 2009 (30))

 

14... Bd6 15. Re2!

(15. Re1 Qh4 16. Qf3 f5)

 

15... f5 16. Qf1! fxg4 17. hxg4 Qh4 18. Qg2 Nd7

"White's position is uncomfortable but quite playable" notes Marshall. Indeed, White's defensive set-up is probably the best, and it would have been difficult to find play for Black if it were not for White's later error.

 

19. Rae1 Nf6 20. Be6 Bf7 21. Bf5?

(21. Bxf7! Rxf7 22. g5 Ng4 23. Re8+ Rxe8 24. Rxe8+ Rf8 (24... Bf8 Marshall 25. f3) 25. Rxf8+ Bxf8 26. Qf3)

 

21... g6 22. Ne4 Bd5!

(22... gxf5? 23. Nxf6!)

 

23. Be6 Nxe4

(23... Bxe6 24. Nxf6)

 

24. Bxd5 Nxd2 25. Rxd2 Rf4 26. Re4 c6 27. Bb3 Raf8 28. Rde2 Bc5 29. d4 Bxd4 30. Rxf4 Rxf4 31. g5 h6 32. Re8+ Kg7 33. gxh6+ Kh7 34. Bg8+ Kxh6 35. Qh2 Qxh2+ 36. Kxh2 Rxf2+ 37. Kh3 Rxc2 38. b4 Rc3+ 39. Kg4 Re3 40. Rxe3 Bxe3 41. a4 Bd2 42. b5 cxb5 43. axb5 a5 44. bxa6 bxa6 45. Bb3 Kg7 46. Kf3 Kf6 47. Ke4 a5 48. Bc2 g5 49. Bd1 Be1 50. Ke3 Kf5 51. Bc2+ Kg4 0-1 Paul Saladin Leonhardt-Frank James Marshall/Barmen Masters A, GER 1905.

 

4. c3 Nf6 5. d3 O-O!?










Black leaves open the possibility of playing d7-d5 in one go. More common here are 5...a6 or 5...d6, aquiescing to "quiet" maneuvering.

 

The immediate d5 advance has been shown to be bad:

5... d5? 6. exd5 Nxd5 7. Qb3!

(7. O-O O-O 8. Re1 Nf6)

 

7... O-O!?

(7... Nf4 8. Bxf4 exf4 9. Bxf7+ Kf8 10. O-O! Qxd3 11. Re1)

 

8. Bxd5!

(Not 8. Qb5?! Qd6 9. b4 Ncxb4! 10. cxb4 Bxb4+ 11. Bd2 c6 12. Bxb4 Nxb4 13. Qxe5 (13. Qa4 b5) 13... Qxe5+ 14. Nxe5 Nc2+ 15. Kd2 Nxa1 16. Nc3 b5 17. Bxf7+ Rxf7 18. Nxf7 Kxf7 19. Rxa1 Be6 20. Ne4 Bd5)

 

8... Na5 9. Qd1!

(White does not do well with 9. Qa4?! Qxd5 10. b4 e4! or with 9. Qb5 Qxd5 10. Be3 b6)

 

9... Qxd5 10. b4 e4

(10... Bxf2+? 11. Kxf2 Nc6 12. Re1 f5 13. Qb3 1-0 Grabics,M (2326)-Laszlo,L/Budapest HUN 2005 (22))

11. dxe4 Qxe4+ 12. Qe2 Qc6 (12... Qxe2+ 13. Kxe2 Re8+ 14. Kf1 Bb6 15. bxa5 Bxa5 16. Be3) 13. bxc5?! (13. O-O!) 13... Re8 14. Be3 f5 15. g3 Be6? (15... f4! 16. gxf4 Bg4) 16. Nbd2 Rad8 17. O-O f4 18. Ne5 Qd5 19. Bxf4 Bh3 20. Ndf3 Bxf1 21. Qxf1 Qxc5 22. Qh3 Qd5 23. Ng5 h6 24. Ngf7 Ra8 25. Nxh6+ gxh6 26. Qg4+ Kh8 27. Qf5 c6 28. Qf6+ Kg8 29. Qg6+ Kf8 30. Bxh6+ Ke7 31. Bg5+ Kf8 32. Qh6+ Kg8 33. Bf6 1-0 Cela-Milicevic,S 1990 (33).

 

6. O-O

There are three other commonly played moves here, and an early d5 advance has been tried against all of them:

 

a) 6. b4 Bb6 (6... Be7!? 7. b5? Na5 8. Nxe5 Nxc4! 9. Nxc4 d5! 10. exd5 Qxd5 -- compare below 6.O-O d5 7.exd5 Nxd5 8.b4 Be7!) 7. a4 a6 8. O-O d5! 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Qb3 (10. Re1 Bg4 11. h3 Bh5 12. g4 Bg6 13. Nxe5 Nxe5 14. Rxe5 c6!) 10... Nf6! 11. Ng5!? (11. Bg5 Qd6) 11... Qe8 12. Nd2 (12. Be3!? Bxe3 13. fxe3 h6 14. Ne4! Nxe4 15. dxe4 with excellent central control according to Pliester and Gelfand) 12... h6 13. Nge4 Nh5! (13... Nxe4 14. dxe4 Kh8 15. Bd3 Be6 16. Qc2 Rd8 17. Nc4) 14. a5 (14. Ba3 Nf4 15. b5 Na5 16. Qc2 Nxc4 17. Nxc4 f5 18. Bxf8 fxe4 Gelfand) 14... Ba7 15. b5 axb5 16. Qxb5 Bb6!? (16... Kh7!? 17. Ba3 Rh8! with the idea of f5 is worth considering according to Shirov) 17. axb6! (17. Ba3!? Rxa5 18. Qb3 Rxa3! 19. Rxa3 Nf4) (17. Nd6 Bxf2+) 17... Rxa1 18. Nb3 Rxc1 19. Rxc1 Nf4 (19... Qd8!?) 20. Rb1 and now Qd8 would have been quite unclear in 1/2-1/2 Gelfand - Shirov, Munchen 1993 (54). In NIC Yearbook, Leon Pliester noted: "if the move 8...d5 proves playable at the highest level, this will certainly hold true for the lower echelons!"

 

b) 6. Bb3 d5 7. exd5 (7. Qe2 a5 (7... Be6 8. O-O h6 9. Ba4 dxe4 10. dxe4 Nd7= 0-1 Nevednichy,V-Godena,M/Nova Gorica SLO 2007 (29)) 8. a4 d4= 1/2-1/2 Radjabov,T-Shirov,A/Baku AZE 2009 (38)) 7... Nxd5 8. O-O Kh8 9. Re1 f6 10. d4 exd4 11. cxd4 Bb4 12. Bd2 a6 (12... Bg4!=) 13. h3 Bxd2 14. Qxd2 Nde7 15. Nc3 Nf5 16. d5 1-0 Nepomniachtchi,I-Roiz,M/Natanya ISR 2009 (56).

 

c) 6. Nbd2 d5! 7. exd5 (7. Bb3 Bg4 (7... Be6 8. Qe2 dxe4 9. dxe4 Qe7 10. O-O Bxb3 11. axb3 a6 12. b4 Ba7 13. Nc4 Qe6= 1-0 Radjabov,T-Carlsen,M/Nice FRA 2009 (53)) 8. h3 Bh5 9. O-O dxe4 10. dxe4 Qe7 11. Qe2 Rad8 12. Nc4 Rd7 13. Bc2 h6= 1-0 Pace,C-Brunello,R/Arvier ITA 2007 (21)) 7... Nxd5 8. O-O Nb6 (8... Bb6 9. Ne4 Kh8 10. Re1 f6 11. b4 a6 12. Qb3 Nde7 13. h3 Ba7 14. Qc2 b5 15. Bb3 a5= 1-0 Sokolov,A-Feller,S/Nimes FRA 2009 (68)) 9. Bb5 Bd6 10. a4 a6 11. Bxc6 bxc6 12. a5 Nd5 13. Nc4 Qf6 14. d4 e4 15. Nfe5 Qe6 16. f4 Ne7 (16... f5!) 17. Ne3 f6 (17... c5) 18. N5c4 Rb8 19. b4 f5 20. Bd2 g5 21. g3 gxf4 22. gxf4 Ng6 23. Nxd6 cxd6 24. Be1 d5 25. Qh5 Rb7 26. Ra2 Rg7 27. Rg2 Kh8 28. Kh1 Rfg8 29. Qh6 Bd7 30. Rfg1 Qd6 31. Bg3 Qf6 32. Bf2 Qd6 33. Bh4 Bc8 34. Bg5 Bd7 35. h4 1-0 Hendriks,W-Brunello,S/Trieste ITA 2007 -- 36.h5 will be deadly -- but I think there is room for improvement here.

 

6... d5! 7. exd5 Nxd5










8. Re1

a) 8. b4! Be7 9. b5! appears to be the critical line.

 

Less of a challenge are:

(a) 9. h3 Bf6 10. Nfd2 Nb6 11. Ne4 Nxc4 12. dxc4 Be7 13. Qe2 f5 0-1 Kuzevanova,E (2131)-Zimina,O (2363)/St Petersburg RUS 2009 (24))

(b) 9. Re1 Bf6 10. Ba3 (10. b5 Na5 11. Nxe5 Nxc4 12. dxc4 Nb6 13. Qxd8 Rxd8 14. Bf4 Be6 15. Na3 Kf8 16. Rac1 Be7 17. Nc2 Nxc4 18. Nd4 Bd5 19. Nxc4 Bxc4 20. Bxc7 Rd7 21. Be5 Bxa2 22. Nf5 f6 23. Bd4 Kf7 1/2-1/2 Kuczynski,R-Panczyk,K) 10... Re8 11. Nbd2 b5 12. Bxd5 Qxd5 13. Ne4 Be7 14. Bb2 a5 15. a4 Be6 16. axb5 Qxb5 17. c4 Qxb4 18. Bc3 Qb6 19. Nxe5 Nxe5 1/2-1/2 Ponkratov,P (2530)-Khairullin,I (2575)/Zvenigorod RUS 2008)

 

9... Na5 10. Nxe5

(More promising may actually be 10. Bxd5! Qxd5 11. c4 Qd8

 

 

12. Bd2 b6 (12... e4!?) 13. Nxe5 Bf6 (13... f6!) 14. Bxa5 bxa5 (14... Bxe5 15. Bc3 Bxc3 16. Nxc3 Be6 17. Qf3) 15. d4 Bxe5 16. dxe5 Be6 17. Na3 Qe7 18. Qa4 Qb4 19. Qxb4 (19. Qb3 a6) 19... axb4 20. Nc2 Bxc4 21. Rfc1 a6!? 22. bxa6 Rfb8 23. Rab1 Bd3 24. Rxb4 Bxc2 25. Rxb8+ Rxb8 26. a7 Ra8 27. Rxc2 Rxa7 28. f4 Kf8 29. Kf2 Ke7 30. f5 Kd7 31. Rd2+ Ke7 32. Ke3 Ra4 33. Rc2 Kd7 34. Rd2+ Ke7 35. Rc2 Kd7 36. Kd3 g6 37. f6 Ke6 38. Rxc7 Ra3+ 39. Ke4 Ra4+ 40. Kd3 Kxe5 41. Rxf7 Rxa2 42. Rxh7 Rxg2 43. f7 Rf2 44. Ke3 Rf6 45. h4 Ke6 46. Rg7 Rxf7 47. Rxg6+ Rf6 48. Rxf6+ 1/2-1/2 Spoelman,W (2493)-Kurnosov,I (2602)/Budva MNE 2009)

 

10... Bf6

(10... Nxc4 11. Nxc4 Be6 12. Ne3 a6 13. Nxd5 Qxd5 14. Ba3 Bxa3 15. Nxa3 axb5 16. c4 bxc4 17. Nxc4 Rfd8 18. Qc2 Qxd3 19. Rac1 Qxc2 20. Rxc2 Rxa2 0-1 Ficco,C (2181)-Godena,M (2558)/Lugano SUI 2007)

 

11. Qf3

(11. f4 Bxe5 12. fxe5 Nxc3 13. Nxc3 Qd4+ 14. Kh1 Nxc4 15. dxc4 Qxc3 16. Bf4 Qxc4 17. a4 c6 18. Rc1 Qe4 19. bxc6 1/2-1/2 Jeric,S (2337)-Olarasu,G (2274)/Nova Gorica SLO 2007)

 

11... Nxc4 12. dxc4 Nb6 13. Ng4 Bxg4 14. Qxg4 Qd3 15. c5 Nd5 16. Rd1 Qc2 (16... Rfe8!) 17. Bh6 Rad8 18. Nd2 Nxc3 (18... Qg6!) 19. Re1 Qg6 20. Qxg6 hxg6 21. Bf4 Ne2+ 22. Rxe2 Bxa1 23. Bxc7 Rfe8 24. Kf1 Rxe2 25. Kxe2 Rd5 26. Nb3 Bf6 (26... Be5!) 27. Bb8 Be5 28. Bxa7 Bc7 29. a4 Rd8 30. b6 Bb8 31. Bxb8 Rxb8 32. a5 Kf8 33. c6 bxc6 34. Nc5 Ke8 35. b7 Kd8 36. a6 was an unfortunate loss in this line by Sabino's younger sibling: 1-0 Tonel,G (1934)-Brunello,R (1957)/Fiuggi ITA 2007. There are four Brunellos with FIDE ratings -- all apparently related -- a very impressive chessplaying family.

 

b) 8. h3 Nb6 9. Bb5

(a) 9. Bb3 Bf5 10. Bc2 Re8 11. Ng5 Bg6 12. Ne4 Be7 13. Nbd2 Qd7 14. Nf3 Rad8 15. Re1 h6 16. a4 a5 17. Qe2 Nd5 18. Qf1 Bh5 19. Nh2 Bg6 20. Nf3 Bh5 21. Nh2 Bg6 22. Nf3 Bh5 1/2-1/2 Nevednichy,V (2601)-Roganovic,M (2474)/Novi Sad SRB 2009)

(b) 9. Bg5 Qd6!? 10. b4 Nxc4 11. bxc5 Qg6! 12. dxc4 e4 13. Be3 exf3 14. Qxf3 Ne5 15. Qg3 Qxg3 16. fxg3 Nxc4 0-1 Saric,I (2463)-Brunello,S (2454)/Szeged HUN 2007 (67))

(c) 9. b4 Be7 10. Bb3 a6 11. Qe2 Bf5 12. Bc2 Bf6 13. Nbd2 Nd5 14. Ne4 Bxe4 15. dxe4 Nxc3 16. Qc4 Nd4 17. Nxd4 Qxd4 18. Qxd4 exd4 0-1 Kurmann,O-Brkic,A/Budva MNE 2009 (26))

9... Qd5

(9... Bd6 10. Re1 Ne7 11. d4 (11. Nxe5 a6! 12. Ba4 Nxa4 13. Qxa4 Bxe5 14. Rxe5 Ng6 15. Re3 f5 16. Nd2 f4 17. Qc4+ Kh8 18. Re4 b5! 19. Qc6 Bd7 20. Qb7 Rb8 21. Qxa6 Nh4! 22. Nf1 Bxh3 (22... Nxg2!?) 23. gxh3 Qxd3 24. Qe6 Nf3+ 25. Kg2 Ng5 26. Re3 fxe3 27. Bxe3 Nxe6 0-1 Guido,F (2305)-Godena,M (2522)/Bratto ITA 2005) 11... exd4 12. Nxd4 (12. cxd4?! Bf5 1/2-1/2 Alekseev,E (2711)-Shirov,A (2740)/Foros UKR 2008 (18)) 12... Ng6 13. Nd2 c5 14. N4f3 Bf5 15. Nc4 Nxc4 16. Bxc4 Qd7 17. a4 h6 18. Be3 Rad8 19. Bf1 Qc6 20. Nd2 Ne5 (20... Nf4!?) 21. Qb3 Bb8 22. Qb5 Qc8 (22... Qc7!) 23. Qxc5 Qxc5 24. Bxc5 Rxd2 25. Bxf8 Kxf8 26. Rad1 Rxd1 27. Rxd1 Bc7 28. Be2 Bc2 0-1 Kindermann,S (2517)-Harikrishna,P (2659)/Dresden GER 2008 (43) )

10. Bxc6

(a) 10. Qb3?! Qd6! 11. Bxc6 bxc6 12. d4 exd4 13. cxd4 Bxd4 14. Rd1 c5 15. Be3 Bb7 16. Nxd4 Qg6! 17. f3 cxd4 18. Bxd4 Rfe8 0-1 Lujan,C (2364)-Mareco,S (2503)/La Plata ARG 2009 (61))

(b) 10. a4 a5 11. Re1 f6 12. Nbd2 Be6 13. Ne4 Be7 14. d4 Rad8!=

10... bxc6 11. Re1 f6 12. d4 Bd6 13. Nbd2 Bf5 14. b3 exd4 15. Nxd4 Bd7 16. Bb2 Rfe8 17. c4 Rxe1+ 18. Qxe1 Qf7 19. N2f3 a5 1/2-1/2 Gizynski,T-Panczyk,K.

 

8... Bg4!?

This move commits Black to a Marshall-like gambit. Playable seems 8... Nf6 9. Bg5 (9. b4 Bd6! 10. b5?! Na5 11. Nxe5? Bxe5 12. Rxe5 Nxc4) (9. Nxe5? Bxf2+! 10. Kxf2 Nxe5) 9... Qd6 10. Nbd2 Bb6=

 

9. h3

9. Nbd2 Nb6 (9... Qd6?? 10. Ne4) 10. Bb5 (10. Ne4 Bd6 (10... Nxc4!? 11. Nxc5 Nd6 12. h3 Bh5 13. g4 Bg6 14. d4 exd4 15. Bg5 Qc8 16. Nxd4 Nxd4 17. Qxd4 b6 18. Nb3 Re8 19. Bf4 Ne4 20. Rad1 c5 21. Qc4 h6 22. f3 1/2-1/2 Tzermiadianos,A (2447)-Markidis,K (2334)/Kallithea GRE 2009) 11. h3 Bh5 12. Bb3 Kh8 13. a4 a6 14. a5 Nd7 15. Bc2 h6 16. Ng3 Bg6 17. Ra4 f5 18. Nh4 Bh7 19. Qh5 Qe8 20. Qd1 Rd8 21. d4! e4 22. Nhxf5 Rxf5 23. Rxe4 (23. Bxe4 Bxg3 24. Bxf5 Qf7=) 23... Qf7 24. Nxf5 Bxf5 25. Re1 Rf8 26. Be3 Bxc2 27. Qxc2 Qh5 0-1 Rathnakaran,K (2453)-Narayanan,S (2220)/Nagpur IND 2008 (79)) 10... Bd6 11. h3 (11. Ne4 Qd7 12. h3 Bh5 13. g4 Bg6 14. Nh4 Be7!? 15. Nxg6 hxg6 16. Ng3 Bd6 17. h4 a6 18. Bxc6 bxc6!? 19. h5 gxh5 20. Nxh5 f5 21. Ng3 fxg4 22. Re4 Rf3! 23. Qb3+ Nd5 24. Qc4 Raf8 25. Rxg4 R3f4 26. Bxf4 exf4 27. Rg5 fxg3 28. fxg3 Qe7 29. Qg4 Ne3 30. Qh5 Qf6 31. Kh1 Nf1 32. Qg4 Qh6+ 0-1 Howell,D (2561)-Gupta,A (2551)/Gaziantep TUR 2008) 11... Bh5 12. a4 (12. Nf1 f5 13. Bxc6 bxc6 14. Ng3 Bxf3 15. Qxf3 Qd7 16. Bd2 e4 17. Qe2 Bxg3 18. fxg3 exd3 19. Qe6+ Qxe6 20. Rxe6 Nc4 0-1 Yudin,S (2562)-Predojevic,B (2650)/Moscow RUS 2009 (34)) (12. Ne4 f5 13. Ng3 Bxf3 14. Qxf3 Qd7 15. Nf1 Rae8 16. Be3 Nc8 17. b4 N8e7 18. Nd2 a6 19. Bxc6 Nxc6 20. Nc4 Be7 21. Bc5 Bxc5 22. bxc5 e4 23. dxe4 fxe4 24. Qe3 Ne5 25. Nxe5 Rxe5 26. f4 exf3 27. Qxe5 f2+ 28. Kh2 fxe1=Q 29. Rxe1 h6 30. Qd4 1/2-1/2 Ni Hua (2641)-Harikrishna,P (2668)/Reggio Emilia ITA 2007) 12... a6 13. Bxc6 bxc6 14. Ne4 f5 15. Ng3 Bxf3 16. Qxf3 Qd7 17. Nf1 Rae8 18. Qd1 a5 19. Nd2 e4 20. dxe4 fxe4 21. Qb3+ Kh8 22. Nxe4 Qf5 23. Qc2 Nd5 24. Re2 Qh5 25. Kf1 Bf4 26. Bxf4 Nxf4 27. Rd2 Qg6!? (27... Nxg2!) 28. Ng3? (28. f3!) 28... Qxg3! 29. fxg3 Ne2+ 30. Ke1 Nd4+ 0-1 Guido,F (2331)-Brunello,S (2475)/Bratto ITA 2007.

 

9... Bh5 10. g4

a) 10. b4 Be7 11. g4 Bg6 12. b5! Na5 13. Nxe5 Nxc4 14. dxc4 Nb6 15. Be3 1/2-1/2 Sandalakis,A (2376)-Sachdev,T (2425)/Rijeka CRO 2008(15. Qxd8!? Raxd8 16. Nxg6 fxg6 17. Rxe7 Rd1+ 18. Kg2 Rxc1).

 

b) 10. Nbd2 Bb6 11. Ne4 f6 12. Ng3 Bf7 13. Bb3 Qd7 14. Bc2 Rfe8 15. Nh4 Nde7 16. Qf3 Rad8 17. Bd2 Bd5 18. Qh5 Bf7 19. Qf3 Bd5 20. Qh5 Bf7 21. Qf3 1/2-1/2 Tayar,J (2342)-Perelshteyn,E (2534)/Edmonton CAN 2009.

 

10... Bg6 11. Nxe5 Nxe5 12. Rxe5 c6!

Compare the Leonhardt - Marshall game analyzed above. With the Bishop on c5 rather than e7 and the Black King already safely castled, Black does not have to worry about pressure along the e-file on the Bishop. Meanwhile, the Queen's diagonal is clear to play Qh4 and the Bishop at c5 is already targetting f2. Black has more than enough compensation for the pawn and very strong attacking chances.

 

13. Qf3










13. d4?! Bd6 14. Re1 Qh4

 

13... Bd6 14. Re2 Kh8!?

Marshall's attacking idea.

Brunello deems it premature to cash in with 14... Nb6 15. Bb3 (15. Be3 Nxc4 16. dxc4 f5) 15... Bxd3 16. Rd2 Bc4

 

15. Bxd5

15. d4 f5 (15... Re8!?) 16. g5 f4 17. h4 b5 18. Bb3 Qd7 19. Nd2 Rae8.

 

15... cxd5 16. Na3 f5 17. g5 f4!

Winning the g-pawn or forcing White to weaken the light squares by defending it.

 

18. h4 Qd7 19. Bd2

 










19... Bxd3! 20. Qxd3 f3 21. Be3 Qh3

White resigns as mate is forced.

 

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