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About the Archive

Compiled by Adaucto Wanderley da Nobrega, Max Burkett, and Michael Goeller.
Maintained by Michael Goeller. Updated 12-31-2002.
Send suggestions, corrections, and additions to goeller@rci.rutgers.edu

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 Marshall 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 The 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 situations.

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 goeller@rci.rutgers.edu.


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