King-pawn Opening Series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Frank Marshall.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your mouse from one bracket to the other.

a)
Black mates in 3.
Jackson vs Frank Marshall, London, 1899
8/p1p5/2p3k1/2b1rpB1/7K/2P3PP/P1P2r2/3R3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf4+ if Bxf4 Be7+ or if gxf4 Bf2# ]

b)
M Didier vs Frank Marshall, Paris, 1900
3rr1k1/ppb2pp1/2p3b1/7q/2BP2Q1/2P2p1P/PP1B1P2/R4KR1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd5 if Bxd5 Bd3# or if b3 Qxc4+ mates ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Frank Marshall vs William Napier, Hanover, 1902
4r2k/p3PRbp/4Q1p1/8/1P6/P2q2PB/3r3P/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rf8+ Bxf8 Qe5+ ]

d)
Albert Hodges vs Frank Marshall, Cambridge Springs, 1904
2k5/p1p3p1/1bp5/6N1/1P6/2P1r2P/P1KN1rn1/R6R b - - 0 1
[ ...Ree2 if Rd1 Ne3+ ]

e)
White mates in 6.
Frank Marshall vs Theodore Von Scheve, Monaco, 1904
6k1/pp5p/2p3q1/6BP/2nPr1Q1/8/PP3R1K/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bh6 if Re2 hxg6 Rxf2+ Kh3 Rf5 Qxf5 ]


mate in 4
Frank Marshall vs William Napier

Frank Marshall Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first
a)
White mates in 5.
Frank Marshall vs Amos Burn, Ostende, 1905
r1bq3r/ppppR1p1/5n1k/3P4/6pP/3Q4/PP1N1PP1/5K1R w - - 0 1
[ h5 Nxh5 Qf5 ]

b)
Frank Marshall vs Jean Taubenhaus, Ostende, 1905
3r1r1k/1b2N1p1/p2P1p1p/1p2n1q1/2p1PR2/8/PPB2QPP/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Rf5 if Qg4 Re1 Rxe6 h3 ]

c)
Frank Marshall vs Jacques Mieses, Berlin, 1908
r2Q4/pbR2pkp/1p1Nq1p1/3p4/1n6/3BP3/PP3PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7 if Rxd8 Nxd8+ Kf6 Nxe6 ]

d)
Frank Marshall vs David Janowski, Suresne, 1908
3r3k/1b2qp1p/p3pp2/1p2P3/1Pn2Q2/P6P/5PP1/1BR3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh4 ]

e)
Rudolf Swiderski vs Frank Marshall, Dusseldorf, 1908
2krr3/ppp2p2/2b4p/6pN/2Pq4/3P4/P1P2QPP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re2 ]


Frank Marshall vs Jacques Mieses

Frank Marshall Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first
a)
Abraham Seijer vs Frank Marshall, Hamburg, 1910
6k1/2p4p/8/2p1rp2/4rB1b/P7/1PPRR2P/3K4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf4 if Rxe5 Rf1+ Ke2 Re1+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Dawid Janowski vs Frank Marshall, Biarritz, 1912
7k/ppp2pp1/8/8/1B1P4/5r1b/P3rP1P/2RB2KR b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf6 ]

c)
Siegbert Tarrasch vs Frank Marshall, San Sebastian, 1912
6k1/2p2pp1/7p/1N1P4/2qQb2P/2P5/1P4P1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe2 Qf2 Qxb5 ]

d)
C Jaffe vs Frank Marshall, Habana, 1913
4r1k1/pp3ppp/3q4/3Qn3/8/2P1B3/PP2rPPP/1R1R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ ]


Abraham Seijer vs Frank Marshall

Frank Marshall Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first
a)
Black mates in 3.
Richard Black vs Frank Marshall, New York, 1918
2r3k1/6pp/p2p4/1p6/1p2P3/1PNK1bQ1/1BP3qP/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3+ Bxc3 Qe2+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Frank Marshall vs Ilya Rabinovich, Baden-Baden, 1925
5kqQ/1b1r2p1/ppn1p1Bp/2b5/2P2rP1/P4N2/1B6/4RR1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6 if Rdf7 Bxg7+ Rxg7 Re8+ or if Rff7 Bxg7+ ]

c)
Frank Marshall vs Akiba Rubinstein, Moscow, 1925
3rrnk1/pp3bp1/2p4p/4R3/3PN3/Pq3N2/5QPP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nfd2 if Qa2 Nc3 Qb2 Qxf7+ Kh7 Rxe8 ]


Frank Marshall vs Akiba Rubinstein


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