Semyon Zinowiewitsch Alapin
Frank Marshall


1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 e4 Falkbeer's counter gambit. Another way to play actively against the KG is Nimzowitsch's move 3... c6!? 4. d3 Probably the best move, introduced by Steinitz in 1872. 4... Nf6 Another reasonable option is 4... Qxd5 5. dxe4 Other moves don't give any prospects: 5. Nd2 Keres 5... exd3 6. Bxd3 Nxd5 equal or 5. Qe2 Reti 5... Bg4 6. Nf3 Bxf3 7. gxf3 e3 with good compensation for black. 5... Nxe4 6. Nf3 Charousek's move 6. Qe2 is too slow and is punished with 6... Bb4+ 7. c3 O-O! when black has an enormous attack. A valuable idea however is 8. Be3 Qh4+ 9. g3 Nxg3 10. Nf3 with very complex play. 6... Bc5 7. Qe2 f5 The first inaccuracy according to current theory, which continues with 7... Bf5 8. Nc3 Qe7 9. Be3 Very tricky is the old move 7... O-O!? 8. Qxe4 Re8 9. Ne5 f6 10. Bd3 8. Nc3 Not the best. Keres and Estrin both give here as stronger the move 8. Be3 8... Bf2+? This is a serious error. Much better was 8... O-O 9. Nxe4 fxe4 10. Qxe4 Bf5! with very strong play. 9. Kd1 O-O 10. Bd2 Nxc3+ 11. Bxc3 Qxd5+ 12. Kc1 Rd8? A terrible error. Necessary was 12... Bc5 when white would have had "only" a better position after 13. Qe5 Qxe5 14. Bxe5 c6 15. Bc4+ Kh8 But could we blame black for not foreseeing the coming brilliancy? 13. b4! Bb6 14. Qe7 1-0

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