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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Alexander Alekhine
Capablanca - Alekhine World Championship Match (1927), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 29, Nov-14
Queen's Gambit Declined: Cambridge Springs Variation (D52)  ·  1-0


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Sep-04-10  copablanco: Capablanca was quite witty too. In the endgame his knight was doing "cartwheels" around Alekhine's bishop, knowing that black didn't stand a chance. After one of those losses to Capa, Alekhine was so furious that he smashed a chair over a desk back at his hotel room.Fischer on Alekhine "Alekhine has never been a hero of mine, and I've never cared for his style of play.There's nothing light or breezy about it; it worked for him, but
it could scarcely work for anybody else. He played gigantic conceptions, full of outrageous and unprecedented ideas.It's hard to find mistakes in his games,but in a sense his whole method of play was a mistake.He disliked clear-cut positions.If an opponent wanted to clarify his situation with Alekhine, he had to pay the Russian's price.But he had great imagination;he could see more deeply into a situation than any other player
in chess history."
Sep-27-11  romni: I tend to think that the Capablanca v Alekhine match has similarities with the Spasskyv Fischer match, where the fanatical workaholic overcame the natural talent.Incidentally, the eventual winner of the respective matches had never previously won a game against that opponent!
Aug-28-12  master of defence: Why not 56...f6?
Aug-28-12  TheFocus: <Why not 56...f6?>

Because of 57.Nf7+ Kh4 58.d6 and Black would have to sacrifice the Bishop to keep the Pawn from Queening.

Aug-29-12  master of defence: Thanks, <TheFocus>, if you can , answer my post in J Corzo vs Capablanca, 1913
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  thegoodanarchist: <romni: I tend to think that the Capablanca v Alekhine match has similarities with the Spasskyv Fischer match, where the fanatical workaholic overcame the natural talent.Incidentally, the eventual winner of the respective matches had never previously won a game against that opponent!>

And Kasparov had never beaten Karpov until this game, when he was down 5-0 in their first WC match:

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984

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  offramp: < PinkZebra: This game really shows Capablanca's endgame skill and Alekhine's poor endgame technique. He must of been drunk!>

Must he of?

Sep-16-13  aliejin: Romanovsky wrote that, after this game,
, Where capablanca played perfect chess and
, However, Alekhine showed a resistance colossal
to the point that almost tied, it was clear for him
( romanovsky ) Alekhine would win
the match
Dec-02-13  Owl: Capablanca escapes with a win in an equal position.
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  thegoodanarchist: <Knight13: Capablanca knew that Knights are better when there are pawns on only one side of the board, and he only needed an extra pawn to win after bullying that b6 guy to death.>

Was a knight ever better posted in a WCC match than here, on move 52?

52.Nc6 and wins.

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  thegoodanarchist: < Owl: Capablanca escapes with a win in an equal position.>

You are new to chess, right?

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  Sally Simpson: :)

Capablanca was always escaping with wins in equal positions.

He escaped with wins from this position...

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...hundreds of times from both sides of the chessboard.

He was one regular Chess Houdini.

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  plang: <Sally Simpson: :)

Capablanca was always escaping with wins in equal positions.

He escaped with wins from this position..>

Good point - great players try to win in even the most "simple" of positions. If you can outplay someone from move 1 why not outplay someone from move 60?

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  Calli: GM Alejandro Ramirez gives a wonderful explanation of this endgame:
Dec-22-15  Howard: Where was the point of no return, as far as when Alekhine lost the draw for good ?
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  beatgiant: <Howard>
Read the very first post on this game: <Dec-14-02 Sabatini: Alekhine gave JR Capablanca a chance to get equal the match by playing 55...Kg5 over 55...Bd6.>
Dec-07-16  andrea volponi: 56...Aa3!!-d6 Rf6-d7 Re7-Cxf7 Rxd7-Ce5+ Re6-Cxg6 Rf6-Cf4 Rg5-Cg2
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  ChessHigherCat: Capa really toys with Alekhine here like a little kid, especially in the end game. So much for the idea that a bishop is worth more than a knight. You can just imagine Alekhine trying to intimidate Capa and lure him into cheap traps like some belligerent blitz hustler, while Capa autistically and artistically ignores him, pursuing his own plan as cool as a cryogenic cucumber.
Jul-05-17  Petrosianic: <Howard>: <Where was the point of no return, as far as when Alekhine lost the draw for good ?>

No later than 56...Bd4?

The problem with this move is that it lets White have the f pawn. 57. Nxf7+ Kf6 58. Nd8, and now if Black plays Ke5 to pick up White's d pawn, White has 59. Nc6+!

Black gets his pawn back only at the cost of letting White exchange minors (only possible because the Bishop is on d4), and get into a won K+P ending.

On the other hand, Black may have been lost already. Suppose instead Black plays something like 56...Ba3.

In that case, 57. d6 Kf6 58. d7 Ke7 59. Nxf7 Kxd7 60. Ne5+, and White is two pawns up and surely winning anyway. So maybe it was earlier.

Jul-05-17  Petrosianic: I just deciphered andreavolponi's cryptic post. Correcting for the horrible formatting and foreign piece labels, it looks like he gave the same line I did at the end, 56...Ba3 57. d6 Kf6 58. d7 Ke7 59. Nxf7 Kxd7 60. Ne5+, continuing with 60....Ke6 61. Nxg6 Kf6 62. Nf4 Kg5 63. Ng2.

I'm not sure what his point was as he posted no words, only a computer line. He gave two exclams to 56...Ba3, then gave a line that ended up with Black two pawns down and apparently lost (so why the exclams?).

I don't think his 63. Ng2 is best though. White needs to do a little work to untangle his pawn structure. Maybe 63. Nd5 Bc4 64. Ne3! Ba7 65. Ke4 Bb8 66. f3 and White must be winning.

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  beatgiant: <Howard>
Some kibitzing above gave 55...Kg5 as the losing move, suggesting instead 55...Bd6 or 55...Bb6 and claiming a draw.
Jul-05-17  Petrosianic: Yeah, Kg5 may be the losing move. Come to think of it, I've heard that claimed before, but haven't checked it out. It seems that the losing point must be when Black is sure to lose the second pawn. It's hard to believe he was lost when the Queens came off.
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  beatgiant: <when Black is sure to lose the second pawn>

55...Kg5 definitely loses at least a second pawn, because 56. Ne5 hits f7 while also threatening to push d6 (supported by the potential fork with ...Bxd6 Nf7+) and the further advance of the d-pawn would cost a bishop, while 56...Kf6 57. Nd7+ is another fork.

<whiteshark> above gave a fairly convincing example line for 55...Bb6 ending in a draw.

Sep-01-17  andrea volponi: 56...Ba3 (very good drawing chances -fred reinfeld ,kasparov etc... )-d6 Kf6 -d7 Ke7 -Nxf7 Kxd7 -Ne5+ Ke6 -Nxg6 Kf6 -Nf4 Kg5 - Nd5 (wins in 42( Ng2 wins in 42)) Bc5 (Bd6 lose in 41) -Ne3 Ba7 (...Bb4;Ba3;Bd6;Be7;Bf8 lose in 40) -Ke4 wins in 40 moves
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  Omnipotent00001: 61. g5+ is mate in 24.
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