Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Random Game #6 - Marshall vs. Isaacs - Chicago 1926

The Random Game feature at chessgames.com is a handy way to broaden your chess education. You never know what's going to pop up. You may see a famous classic, or maybe a subtle modernity, or maybe a true obscurity. You might even find a diamond in the rough that nobody else has spotted. Today's game matches America's champion Frank James Marshall against fellow American (born in Lithuania) Lewis J. Isaacs. The contest was played in Chicago in 1926, the same year that the assistant State's Attorney Billy McSwiggin was gunned down in that town (in the suburb of Cicero), probably by the Capone mob. The opening was the Semi-Slav Defense. (Not a Sicilian?) Not surprisingly, Marshall won, but Isaacs held out for 70 moves! Could you have done better? We will never know, but premium members can try their hand against Marshall's talents with chessgames.com's Guess the Move feature. If you enjoy the random game idea you can try it yourself here.

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