This is a sequel to my old post “Are you afraid of the Marshall attack”.   I am looking at the pretty rare ( according to usual 9. … Nd5 was played in  94% of the games) old variation, named after Herman Steiner, US chess player, 1948 US champion, who belonged to Romantic School of chess, succeeding Morphy, Pillsbury and Marshall.  Though he first used it in the tournament in 1930, it was played in friendly game Walter Frere vs Frank Marshall in 1917 and before that in the game K. Walbrodt vs. consultants in 1893.

The guy played it on FICS against me,  I barely survived, so as always it got me interested. Right after I learned it a bit the 2nd round of the thematic Ruy Lopez correspondence tournament on finally started. So I decided to play it against the guy with 2400+ rating (mine was ~2000). There is nothing to lose I thought. If I’ll try it with this high rated guy, at least I will go down fighting.  The guy soon went along the wrong path, following (not knowing that) the game, played in Argentina some time ago. I took it right from the point where the Argentinian guy resigned and as one guy at work said – “you just finished him off”.

So, here is the game, I am Black:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 e4!? – this is a Steiner variation 


10.dxc6 exf3 11.d4 fxg2 12.Qe2 – start of the troubles, Fritz – -0.93, the book move is 12. Qf3 (Fritz – 0.42).


12…. Bd6 13.Bg5 h6 14.Bxf6 Qxf6 15.Nd2?? – Fritz, -4.34, suggests Qe4 – -0.78


15…. Qf4 16.Nf3 Bg4 17.Kxg2 – another bad move – Fritz – -7.68


17…. Rae8 18.Qd3 Bf5- here Argentinian guy resigned, you will see why (the rest is mine):


19.Qd1 – forced mate after that, anyway Fritz suggests giving up the queen for the rook- 21. Qe3.  19….Rxe1 20.Qxe1 Bh3+! 


 White resigned – 21. Kxh3 Qxf3+ 22. Kh4 g5#


Here is Frere vs. Marshall game, pure classic:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9. exd5 e4 10. dxc6 exf3 11. d4 fxg2 12. Bf4 Bg4 13. Qd3 Nh5


14. Bxc7 ?? – trying to win a pawn. Fritz 11  – -3.44 (14. Be5 – -0.19 ) 14. … Qxc7 15. Qe4 Nf4 16. Qxe7 ?


16. … Qxe7! 17. Rxe7  Bf3!


White resigned – 18. h3 Nxh3+ 19. Kh2 g1Q+


20. Kxh3 Qg4+ 21. Kh2 Qg2#