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Capablanca - Paris 1938
Compiled by MissScarlett
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<They have established beyond reasonable doubt that the gifted Cuban played exactly 571 serious games in all, and of these have traced 560 in their entirety, one in two differing versions and two lacking a few moves each. Eight remain which are going to take a terrible lot of finding.

Three of these last took place in a little tournament at Paris in 1938 which Capablanca himself took energetic part in promoting; two were probably of little value, being against Anglares, who finished an ignominious bottom. Anglares himself, when asked for the scores, is reported, very sadly, to be no longer in a fit state to attend to correspondence at all. This tournament, though a report and a game or two from it are to be found in each of perhaps fifty different chess magazines all over the world, is yet almost a lacuna in chess history; the searchers have been able to date almost every other Capablanca game except those played here.

Moreover, though it was a double-round tournament, the contestants may not have met each other in the second half, in the same order as in the first. This is such a strange occurrence in my experience that I doubt the correctness of one date (given by Hannak of Vienna, who is usually accurate) from which the above inference is drawn.>

Miguel Sanchez dates the tournament to January, and his dating of the third round to January 7th supports the notion that the entire event took place that month.


M Romi vs Capablanca, 1938
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capablanca vs J Cukierman, 1938
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capablanca vs M Romi, 1938 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 28 moves, 1-0

Znosko-Borovsky vs Capablanca, 1938
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rossolimo vs Capablanca, 1938 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capablanca vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1938 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 32 moves, 1-0

Round 3, 07.01.1938
Capablanca vs Rossolimo, 1938 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

J Cukierman vs Capablanca, 1938 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 91 moves, 0-1

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