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Renowned attacking player Frank Marshall famously played the Marshall Attack for the first time in a game against Capablanca in 1918. Capablanca was able to pick his way through the complications and win that game, but despite its inauspicious beginnings the idea not only survived but thrived in tournament play. The former world champion, Boris Spassky, reinvented the opening in his match against Mikhail Tal in 1965, and since then the Marshall Attack has been a key weapon in the Black arsenal against the Ruy Lopez.
Indeed, today it is commonly considered as one of the top three best openings against 1.e4, along with the Berlin Defence and the Najdorf Sicilian. The list of famous players who have used and continue to use the Marshall is long indeed, with notable names being Nunn, Leko, Aronian, Svidler, and many others.
This book is about the Marshall Attack and the lines which can be grouped together under the banner of the Anti-Marshall. The theory has developed so much in the last decade that there is more than enough material to be going on with just in those areas, but the author I also includes a detailed look at an important line in the Exchange Variation.
Black's key concept in the Marshall is giving up a central pawn in return for activity, as opposed to the usual situation in the Ruy Lopez where Black is looking for long, slow games in solid, closed positions. The Marshall flips this on its head and Black tries to accelerate the play and radically change the character of the game at an early stage.
In this book Milos Pavlovic presents the latest ideas in the main-lines and sidelines of the Marshall Attack, including the current critical line with 12.d3 for White.
Grandmaster Milos Pavlovic .was born in Belgrade in 1964 and has won many chess tournaments worldwide including becoming Yugoslav Champion in 2002. A well-known theoretician, he has published many well-received chess books and numerous articles in a variety of chess magazines.
Published 2020, softback, 232 pages.