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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
St. Petersburg (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 11, May-06
Spanish Game: Bird Variation (C61)  ·  1-0


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Jun-14-03  bishop: A wonderful attacking game by Capablanca. He skillfully employs his King-side Pawn majority, then denudes his opponents king with first a piece and then an exchange sacrifice. Two possible mistakes by his opponent are 16...Bg4 allowing the center strenghtening 17.d4 and 22...Nc6 intending to go to the blockading square e6 but losing influence over f5.
Jun-16-03  evertoexcel: Is Capa's strategy behind 22. Kh2 to clear the g file, or is it something more? I can never bring myself to move my king unless the situation DEMANDS it. This may account for my dismal chess rating. A little help from the experts if you please.
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  Bears092: ...and to guard the h3 pawn.
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  Shadout Mapes: You see, at move 22 the g file is obviously about to be opened, as you can tell from the pawns about to be exchanged. Now, the best thing you can do in a situation like that is to put a rook behind it and then exchange, thus putting your rook on an open file. So yes, Capa moved his king to put the rook on and take his king off a soon to be opened file.
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  Calli: Blackburne's game doesn't look bad to me. Good chance of breaking through on the queenside. Instead of 23...Nd8?, perhaps 23...b4! and the position looks unclear. If 24. cxb4? Nxd4 destroys the center. Capa might have to protect d4 with Be3, then Black can play Rab8 and, after moving the queen, bxc3 with an open file and counterplay.

Note: Blackburne was 72 years old at the time of this game.

Jun-16-03  aulero: After 23...b4, White can simply play 24.gxf5 and if 24...gxf5 25.♘h4 ♘e7 then 26.♖xb4.

I think that Black should play 23...♘e7 trying to keep lines closed, although after 24.a4 a new weakness will appear in Black's position.

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  Calli: <aulero> I would play 24.gxf5 Rxf5 instead, but you may be right after 25.Nh4 Rh5 White has 26.Nxg6! with a probable win.

So perhaps black should exchange pawns first.
23...fxg4 24.hxg4 b4 and now 25.f5 isn't so threatening because the knight on f3 is hanging. 23...fxg4 24.hxg4 b4 25.f5 Rab8

Feb-10-04  Taidanii: Is it just me, or does Jose give his opponent a false sense of security when he lets him advance his pawns from move 8 to move 13?
Feb-11-04  Lawrence: 23...Nd8 was considerably inferior to 28...Qa7 and then Blackburne threw it away with 27...Qb8? (Junior 8)
Mar-17-04  731: I like 30...Rxh3+, strike the king before resigning.
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  MorphyMatt: Interesting, Blackburne seems to me the kind of guy who would play 3... f5 rather than 3... ♘d4
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  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 15...Qa5, 15...cxd3 precludes d4 and leaves White with isolated Ps on c3 and a2
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  Ulhumbrus: 25 Nh4 supports the pawn advance f5 as well as threatening the sacrifice Nxg6.
Aug-22-10  fetonzio: outblackburned!
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  HeMateMe: WAAY cool. I thought 'Black Death' was the master of attack--why did he accept such a cramped, defensive position here?

Capa fortified himself with tequila before the game, to 'enhance his creative powers'.

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  profK: I think 21...f5 is weak, when there was more on the queenside. In blocking white's advance black accelerates it!
Mar-24-13  wachter123680: but Capa smashes his king keto in five moves
Nov-22-14  gmelfranco: maestro veo que usted juega mucho al futuro todas sus jugadas estas visionadas al futuro q genio es usted jeje!!
Dec-10-16  RookFile: 23....Qd8 holds up white's intended Nh4. I think black is ok then.
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