Welcome to The Frank James Marshall Electronic Archive and Museum,
a site intended to honor the memory of one of America's most famous
chessplayers, Frank James Marshall (August 10, 1877-November 9,
1944), who was U.S. Chess Champion from 1909-1936. This site is
currently under construction, but it already features a near complete
Tournament Record and Career
and Game Record (thanks to Adaucto Wanderley da Nobrega) and
excellent Game Files (thanks to
Max Burkett). To these I expect to add a Biography, Best Games,
Opening Survey, Links, and other features.
Marshall was among the first American chess professionals and
he did a great deal to help build institutions to support players.
One of his greatest contributions was helping to organize the
Chess Club in New York City -- one of the oldest active chess
clubs in the world, with its own building to house it well into
the future. Marshall may have been considered a "swindler"
at the chessboard due to his tricky and speculative tactics, but
he was among the most ethical and honorable of men whose reputation
(unlike that of some other well known players) remains untarnished.
I was first drawn to studying Marshall's games as a beginner.
With their wild tactics and emphasis on time and material, these
games seem almost intended to inspire young players. More recently,
I have come to recognize Marshall's genius as an opening theorist
and endgame technician as I put together a website devoted to
Dimock Theme Tournament of 1924, a small and rather forgotten
opening theme tournament played at the Marshall Chess Club in
October through December of that year. Marshall won that tournament
handily, not only because of his tactical acumen but more often
due to his ability to outplay opponents with very simplified material
I hope you enjoy this site. And, if you are able, I hope you
will consider contributing to it. Our goal, after all, is to collect
every recorded game of Frank James Marshall and to serve as a
repository of information about his career. Any assistance that
you can render in this regard would be most appreciated. Send
suggestions, corrections, and additions to Michael Goeller at