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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Savielly Tartakower
Bad Kissingen (1928), Bad Kissingen GER, rd 1, Aug-12
Budapest Defense: Alekhine Variation. Tartakower Defense (A52)  ·  1-0


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Apr-07-05  Poisonpawns: What a game by Capa ,Tartakower must have forgotten who he was playing
Apr-07-05  paladin at large: <Poisonpawns>Tartakower had already lost so many different ways to Capa, that he naturally tried something new. Capa is not known as "the gambit-killer of all time" for nothing. I like the way he plays 4.e4, keeping his focus on rapid development and positional advantage, and making no effort to hold the gambit pawn.
Apr-07-05  Poisonpawns: 4.e4 in the Budapest is alekhines fav line. I think it is the best way to take advantage of blacks time loss in this opening.
Apr-08-05  Whitehat1963: Capablanca always makes it look so incredibly easy -- especially with white -- as if he could never lose an even endgame.
Apr-01-06  nasmichael: I enjoy the opposite side castling fights. Does anyone know of a collection which focuses exclusively on opposite-side castling by master players?
Apr-01-06  nasmichael: Does anyone know about the circumstances of this match well enough to share with us? Tell me what you know.
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  Benzol: It's interesting that in their first encounter Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1922 Capa attacked quite recklessly (well for him at least).
Apr-01-06  CapablancaFan: <nasmichael: I enjoy the opposite side castling fights. Does anyone know of a collection which focuses exclusively on opposite-side castling by master players?> The proper term is queenside castling.
Apr-01-06  ajg12: It would be queenside castling if both playes castled to the queenside but when one castles kingside and the other queenside I believe opposite-side castling is an appropriate term.
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  paulalbert: <CapablancaFan>I think you missed the point of nasmichael's term "opposite side castling". He means games where one side castled kingside and the other side castled queen side. Also for<nasmicael>, this game was played in the very strong 1928 Bad Kissingen, Germany Tournament won by Bogolyubov ahead of Capa and Nimzowitsch among others. It was Capa's first tournament after his loss of World Championship to Alekhine. This tournament has always interested me because I was stationed as an Army Officer in Bad Kissingen. They still play chess at a big set there in the Kurpark.I played there in the late sixties while in the Army and the last time I visited a few years ago. Bad Kissingen is a resort town based on the mineral springs there, similar to Baden Baden, etc.
Apr-01-06  Karpova: Tartakover missed 16....Qg6! (17.Qg6: hg and black threatens Bh2:+/cd)
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  Pawn and Two: Tartakower's move 14...c6 was a mistake, (Kb8 was better).

Capablanca would have had a strong winning advantage if he had played 15.Qxa7!. Fritz 9's evaluation: (3.46) (15 ply). Black's castled position is weak and he cannot afford to open the c file.

15.Bxf6 was also a strong move, (1.13) (15 ply), but not as good as 15.Qxa7 (3.46) (15 ply).

After 15.Bxf6, Black should first play 15...c5 (1.15) (15 ply) before playing gxf6.

16.Qxa7! was again a strong winning move (1.83) (17 ply).

After 16.Qxf6?, Tartakower had the chance, as Karpova notes, to play 16...Qg6!.

If 16...Qg6, Black would have a slight advantage. Fritz 9's suggested line and evaluation: 17.c5 Qxf6 18.Nxf6 Bxc5 (-.34) (16 ply).

Tartakower could have stayed in the game with 18...Bxg4 (.47) (17 ply). But after 18...Bxf6?, it was all Capablanca.

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  whiteshark: <Karpova: <Tartakover missed 16....Qg6!>> and <Pawn and Two: <After 16.Qxf6?, Tartakower had the chance, as Karpova notes, to play 16...Qg6!.

If 16...Qg6, Black would have a slight advantage. Fritz 9's suggested line and evaluation: 17.c5 Qxf6 18.Nxf6 Bxc5 (-.34) (16 ply).>>

That's really impressive. Tartakower who wrote the fascinatiting tournament book didn't mention it in his annotations.

He thought that the critical point ('die Kampfkrise') in the game was 12...0-0-0 and suggested 12...0-0 instead.

Oct-06-08  Sleeping kitten: Earlier, there is another possible improvement. Doesn't 8.c5 win a piece, because of the threat 9.♕a4+?
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  whiteshark: Thumbs up, <Sleeping kitten>!

Yes, <8.c5!! <>> wins a piece. This opportunity has been overlooked by both players.

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Dec-24-09  Cushion: Doesn't 8...Be5 9. Bxg4 Bxb2+ 10. Ne2 Bxa1 win material after 8. c5? Are there any alternatives that I overlooked (besides not taking the knight)?
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  maxi: <Cushion> Yes. As a matter of fact the variation you pinpoint loses the exchange for White. The way White wins the piece is, instead, through 8.c5 ♗e5 9.♕a4+ ♘c6 10.♕xg4.
Feb-20-10  M.D. Wilson: A few weeks ago, I played a 5 min blitz game as white identical to this up to move 17. Nxf6. My opponent chose Rh8. I vaguely remembered this game while playing.
Sep-04-14  capafischer1: Amazing and accurate Capablanca does it again. he was an absolute beast with the initiative and almost never blundered
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  tamar: Caruana-like play by Capa.
Feb-09-19  RookFile: Truth is, the game was over at move 22 and black could have resigned then.
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