Named after Frank Marshall
The Marshall Defense is a chess opening characterized by the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6. This opening is named after the American chess player Frank Marshall, who was one of the first to popularize it in the early 20th century. The Marshall Defense is considered to be a solid and aggressive opening that aims to control the center and to create threats on the opponent’s kingside.
The Marshall Defense can also be played against different defenses, such as the Ruy Lopez and the Italian Game. It can also be played with different setups, such as the “Marshall Attack” setup, which aims to put pressure on the opponent’s kingside, and the “Marshall Gambit” setup, which aims to put pressure on the opponent’s queenside.