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Endre Steiner vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Budapest (1928), Budapest HUN, rd 6, Sep-27
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense Siesta Variation (C74)  ·  0-1


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Apr-16-05  Whitehat1963: Capa gets his longest test in his favorite opening and, of course, makes it look all too easy.
Jun-05-05  paladin at large: If I am not mistaken, this is called the Siesta variation - defined by 5.....f5 - and it is anything but sleepy. Capablanca decided not to play it in the future, calling it too risky. An entertaining game; I thought Steiner acquitted himself well. Does anyone know where this variation originated, or is this the first game?
Jun-05-05  maoam: <paladin at large>

Marshall invented it. It was first played in Capablanca vs Marshall, 1909.

<Having recognised the value of this line of play, which had then passed unnoticed, Capablanca revived it eighteen years later in the Budapest tournament of 1928, thus creating the "Siesta Gambit">

-- Tartakower (500 Master Games of Chess)

Jun-06-05  paladin at large: <maoam> Interesting - thanks. A good effort by Marshall in the game above, compared to most of his 1909 match outings with JRC.
Oct-18-05  Runemaster: It's not a new thing to say, but Capablanca's play looks so wonderfully smooth and natural.

I love the sequence of moves 17-21. Every one of them is part of a flowing re-arrangement of Black's pieces. As so often with Capablanca, his opponent seems to be somehow helping Capa carry out his plan - at least, Capa makes it look that way.

Jan-04-06  CowardlyKnight: <paladin at large> Where did you read that <Capablanca decided not to play it in the future, calling it too risky>? Thanks.
Jan-04-06  euripides: From move 43-57, the ending of R+N+3P on one side vs. R+N+2P would often be drawn, but the activity of Black's pieces and the distance of White's king from the action prove decisive.
Oct-26-06  paladin at large: <CowardlyKnight> You still there? Well, he did play it one more time, shortly thereafter, quickly destroying Réti:

Reti vs Capablanca, 1928

As you can see, Capa tried to get in a modern exchange sacrifice with 15.....0-0-0 (rook for bishop, positional sacrifice, no pawns involved) but he failed, since he was already up a piece.

In Last Chess Lectures, Capablanca called 5....f5 too risky, stating 5. ...Bd7 was safer, and if 6. d4, then 6.....g6 followed by the fianchetto of the king's bishop.

Dec-14-06  sneaky pete: Uncle pete's believe it or not:

the name Siesta Variation is derived from the location of this tournament, the Siesta Sanatorium in Budapest.

Feb-22-10  jmay: why not 36. d7 ?
Feb-22-10  laskereshevsky: Because of 36. ...♖f1+
Feb-22-10  sarah wayne: 36.d7 Rf1+ 37.Rf1 gf=Q+ 38.Kf1 Rd7.
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  Garech: Superb endgame from Capa.


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Why is it that whenever Capablanca had a bad bishop--he didn't?
Feb-28-17  cwcarlson: 35...Ng6 and 36...Nf4 was crushing.
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