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Re: New Wrinkle in the Marshall
Reply #1 - 01/24/08 at 09:01:29
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This line looks awefull for white (from a human point of view) - black is having all the fun. If you ask the comp he always follows Smeets (or vice versa?  Grin) and is "happy" (Can comps be happy?) about his moves. Than I corrected "his" analysis with Bacrots Bg3 and the comp was falling into tears. "You havent done your homework properly, Mr. Smeets!" - You write 100 times: "I dont trust the comp." Wink
  
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New Wrinkle in the Marshall
01/24/08 at 07:02:10
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A little over a month ago Shirov used the following variation of the Marshall (introduced by Smeets and Stellwagen shortly before Shirov tried it out) to win a couple of games in the FIDE World Cup:

Shirov-Jakovenko [C89]
FIDE World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk (5.1), 06.12.2007
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0–0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d3 Bd6 13.Re1 Bf5 14.Qf3 Qh4 15.g3 Qh3 16.Bxd5 cxd5 17.Qxd5 Rad8 18.Qg2 Qh5 (Karjakin tried 18...Qxg2 the following week without success) 19.Be3

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Here Black always continued with 19...Bxd3 to win back one of the two pawns, but in round 5 of the current Corus tournament Bacrot introduced a new move:

Smeets-Bacrot [C89]
Corus B (5), 17.01.2008
19...Bh3 and after 20.Qf1 f5 21.Bb6 Rd7 22.Qd5+ Kh8 23.Nd2 struck with 23...Bxg3

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and went on to win a nice game.
  

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