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Alexander Alekhine vs Jose Raul Capablanca
"Capa Asada" (game of the day Apr-22-2015)
Capablanca - Alekhine World Championship Match (1927), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 32, Nov-22
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern. Knight Defense (D51)  ·  1-0


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  morfishine: Great to see a game from the 1927 match as GOTD.

Maybe the pun meant = Capa aside

I dunno


Apr-22-15  Eric Farley: Korchnoi once said:"I suppose Capablanca was an ingenious player. To put it more precisely, his talent became apparent in childhood, while neither Alekhine nor Botvinnik or Lasker were genii. They were simply talented people who toiled their way to the top by willpower and working ability." This is the best definition of the players. Capablanca lost, albeit he was much more talented, because he choked in his own arrogance and vanity, thinking that his talent alone would solve any problem. In his book "Last Lectures," he said he had to buy a chess set to finish the book, as if to say he was so good that he didn't even need to study at home.
Apr-22-15  sl3ep: Hi i am just curious why Capa did not take the hanging b2 pawn at move 24. Is the pawn poisoned? i cannot see why Alekhine doesn't protected and why Capa did not take it but i am only week club player:)
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  Once: <sl3ep: Hi i am just curious why Capa did not take the hanging b2 pawn at move 24. Is the pawn poisoned? i cannot see why Alekhine doesn't protected and why Capa did not take it but i am only week club player:)>

It's all about the control of the open c file. Fritzie recommends this line:

24... Rxb2 25.Rab1 Rxb1 26. Rxb1 b6 27. Rc1 Ra8 28. Rc7

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Black has won a pawn, but he has a very passive position. That's why Capa played 24...Rfc8, which the computer agrees is the strongest move in the position.

One feature of this game is that Alekhine is not afraid to offer pawns in return for the initiative. Capa is trying very hard not to give Alekhine that initiative.

Apr-22-15  mrknightly: One of the greatest puns ever! Play on Spanish "carne asada," meaning roasted meat. Thus "Capa asada," meaning Capa (got) roasted!
Apr-22-15  mruknowwho: This is a nice game. Alekhine elects not to castle and initiates a pawn storm against Capablanca's king. Since Alekhine's king is in the center, Capablanca doesn't really have a sound counterattack.
Apr-22-15  Howard: This was Victory #5 for Alekhine, leaving him with just one more victory to take the match.
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  kevin86: Three pawns DON'T ALWAYS beat two pawns.
Apr-22-15  celtrusco: <mrknightly : Uno de los más grandes juegos de palabras nunca! Juega en español "carne asada", que significa carne asada. Así, "asada Capa", es decir Capa (conseguido) asado!>Moreover this World Championship Match was in Argentina, where the most popular food is the "asado". I think it's probably the sense of the pun.
Apr-22-15  RookFile: I guess the key position in the game is this:

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Folks questioned Capa giving up the pawn. Obviously he saw this position coming and figured his active rook would allow him to hold the draw. I'm just looking at it and thinking I would think the same too, hacker that I am. At some point you just have to tip your hat to Alekhine and say that the guy played a magnificent game, in all 3 phases, to win this.

Apr-22-15  ToTheDeath: It is true what they say, to beat a world champion you must beat him three times- first in the opening, then in the middlegame, then in the ending!

Capa was no exception!

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  kevin86: Alekhine wins this one in a surprise...
Apr-24-15  not not: Sliwa vs Fischer, 1962

my point was that Capa should have done what Fisher did: at critical point of game refusing to castle short, exchange pieces and castle long; then try to outplay his opponent in middle game

Capa had no plan in this game, unlike Fisher in the game above

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  offramp: After this defeat Capablanca gave up. He drew the next game as white, game 33, in only 18 moves. He tried hard in game 34 but I think he knew the jig was up. It was this game, game 32, where he realised that Alekhine was better than he and that the torch was passing.
Jun-03-15  SpiritedReposte: They both queen, but Qa8+ wins it back before she can even say hello.
Sep-05-15  Ulhumbrus: Can one suggest a justification for the attack 10 h4? One justification is that Black has undeveloped his king's knight by 9...Ne8. If 10 Nf5 counts as a threat one alternative is 9...Re8 10 Nf5 Bf8. A second alternative is 8...Ne4. A third alternative is 8...Nb6 9 Ng3 Nc4 10 Rb1 Nd6 guarding the square f5
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  perfidious: In the <book of u>, one should never move a piece twice in the opening, and certainly never touch a flank pawn--such extraordinary measures shall surely be followed by retribution swift and sure.
Sep-07-16  Demna: How about a Black moove 48?
Sep-07-16  PJs Studio: If you mean, why didn't black play 48...Rxe4? Black loses instantly too 49.Kf3 Rc4 50.Re5+ picking up the Bishop. I must admit, I didn't see it at first myself. ((Easy to fall asleep, make this faulty capture and lose immediately on the third day of a holiday weekend Swiss. Oy!!))
Sep-07-16  PJs Studio: Oh and by the way...this what a patient & beautifully played game by Alekhine.
Sep-07-16  ZonszeinP: This worthy win mainly proves that Alekhine was better prepared including from the psychological point of view. Capablanca wanted his revenge (which was never granted) exactly because he knew that Alekhine wasn't better than him!
Sep-07-16  vasja: I am sorrry, I do not understand why not 55.Bxa5! and black has no compensation for lost piece. On 55.... Rc5+ simple Kg6 protects the bishop.
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  varishnakov: <vasja>

55.Bxa5?? Rc5+
56.Kg6 Rxh5

and if

57.Kxh5 h3

and the pawn queens

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  OhioChessFan: <vasja> 55. Bxa5 is winning, but 55...Rc5+ 56. Kg6 loses to 56...h3 and the Pawn can't be stopped. Probably the best line for White is:

55. Bxa5 Rc5+ 56. e5 Rxa5 57. Kf6 escorting the Pawns home.

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Essentially the same line as the game, but the game has the advantage of shoving the Black King over to the Queenside.

Sep-08-16  Petrosianic: <Once> <Fritzie reckons that 16...Nxg4 would have led to a level game - but that's just silicon talking. Which carbon-based life form would like a half open file against their king with Alekhine sitting in the chair opposite?>

Especially when that evaluation is totally unreliable in a position like this. All it means is that no advantage for White exists within Fritz's horizon.

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