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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Manhattan Chess Club
"Reuben and the Cuban" (game of the day Aug-16-2006)
Simul, 50b (1931) (exhibition), 7th Regiment Armory, New York, NY USA, Feb-12
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern. Knight Defense (D51)  ·  0-1


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  Richard Taylor: Very Fine game. Black outplayed Capa - the 2 bishops win - or they sway the game -in this case. Capa excahned too readily.
Aug-16-06  Yogi1991: Yogi1991: <Calli> No WMD's Idea is somewhat right but 39.Nf3 then it can responded by black by........Kb2 thus white is again down by a pawn....think
Aug-16-06  banjo: i looked at the game two times,
because i was so fascinated of
blacks game.sac a pawn,change the
heavy pieces,the march of the king.
it looks so easy,that's why he was
so a great champion.
and then.....oh,la,la
capa had white.ouch.
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  kevin86: A FINE finish... I looked like Capa would trap the black bishop-and he did-alas,there was no way to capture him. Fine was able to move his own king over to free the bishop from the soup. The same bishop had captured a knight that was the bounty for Fine's advanced pawn.
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  al wazir: There's a small improvement possible for white in the first line I gave, but black still wins:

39. Nf3 b5 40. e4 b4 41. e5 Kb2 42. e6 h2 43. e7 h1=Q 44. e8=Q Bxf3+ 45. Kd3 Qd1+ 46. Kc4 Qd5+ 47. Kxb4 a5+ 48. Ka4 Bg4 49. Qh8+ Kxa2, and white cannot stop Bd7+.

Aug-16-06  CapablancaFan: The endgame maestro, thinking Fine a patzer, quickly simplifies the game down to an ending. Mistake # 1. Normally, this method of play presented no problem for Cap, but at the time he could'nt have known how good Fine was.18.Nde2 to set of exchanges was premature. He should have maintained the tension a little longer. He let his opponent's king become an attacking piece, Mistake #2.The King's presence on d3 tied Cap's king down too much rendering it ineffective. After 30...Bc6 simple 31.g3 would have held the draw. Mistake #3. 31.h4 was simply trying to force a win that wasn't there. It was a simul, so lord knows how many people Cap was playing, so I can't be too hard on him. Good game by Fine.
Aug-16-06  filipecea: <Phony Benoni: Black played this ending so well you'd swear he was Akiba Reubenfine.> LOL
Sep-02-06  Nikita Smirnov: Tought no one could beat Capablanca in the edings.
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  patzer2: <CapablancaFan> <After 30...Bc6 simple 31.g3 would have held the draw.> After 31. g3??, Black wins a piece and the game with 31...Bf3!
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  patzer2: Perhaps 39. Nf3 a5! 40. e4 Bxf3+ 41. Kxf3 Kd3 42. Kg3 Kxe4 43. Kxh3 Kf3 44. Kh4 Kxf2 45. Kg4 = (0.00 @ 27 depth, Fritz 8) is enough for the draw.
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  patzer2: <al wazir: After 39. Nf3 (<WMD>'s suggestion) b5 40. e4 (I don't see any good alternative here for white) b4 41. e5 Kb2 42. e6 h2, white's position looks precarious.> White's position here is not precarious. It's winning.

Here's one decisive line played out on Fritz 8:

39... b5 40. e4! b4 41. e5 Kb2 42. e6! h2
43. Nxh2 Bd5 44. e7! Bf7 45. Nf3! Kxa2 46. Nd2! and White is winning.

Play might continue 46...a5 47. f4 Ka3 48. Kd3 a4 49. bxa4 Kxa4 50. Ke4 Ka3 51. Kf5 Kb2 52. Nc4+ Kc3 53. Na5 Kd4 54. Kf6 Be8 55. f5 Kd5 56. Kg7 b3 57. Nxb3 Kc4 58. Na5+ Kb5 59. Nb7 Kc6 60. Nd8 .

Sep-07-06  CapablancaFan: <patzer2> Oh, you quite correct, I missed that. Not all of us have our engines running 24/7:-)
Dec-21-06  Themofro: Brilliant endgame by Fine. Such a pity that Fine later 1. declined to play in the tournament that initially made Botvinnik champion, and 2. quit playing professionally, he has always been one of my favorite players, and I've always admired the guy. His books (Basic Chess Endings especially) are all time classics and must be read sooner or later by all players, so far I've only read Basic Chess Endings though, =(, but i'm working on it. Great game.
Apr-27-07  malbase: The game is analyzed in Reuben Fine's "Lesson From my Games". Assessment: Black played poorly. But at move 18 White lost it. Move 23 was also a loss of time.
Apr-27-07  euripides: After <39.Nf3 b5 40.e4> can't Black play 40...Bxf3+ 41.Kxf3 Kd4 42.Kg3 Kxe4 43.Kxh3 Kf3 44.Kh4 Kxf2 45.Kg4 Ke3 47.Kf5 Kd4 48.Ke6 Kc3 49.Kd5 Kb2 50.Kc5 a6 51.Kb6 Kxa2 52.Kxa6 b4 followed by Kxb3 winning ? Other possibilities for Black,with the same idea, are 39...b6 and 39...Bh1.
Jan-23-08  jovack: 24. ... Kc5 hahaha, the lone king driving both enemy knights back "you shall not pass" came to mind when i saw that move

capablanca usually has a very good endgame.. 2b v 2n would be difficult for anyone though

Mar-28-08  mistreaver: <18.Nde2 to set of exchanges was premature. He should have maintained the tension a little longer.> Yes but we all know Capablanca always sought to simplify that was his biggest problem later in Alekhine match where he trusted his inuition to much and didn't prepare as well as his opponent
Mar-28-08  RookFile: Well, I don't think that Capa needs to apologize for losing to Reuben Fine in a simul. In his prime, Fine was capable of beating anyone, anywhere, any time.
Jan-27-09  tivrfoa: go KING
Feb-22-09  WhiteRook48: Capablanca is definitely not Fine
Jul-28-09  WhiteRook48: bishops overdo knights even if the knights are a pawn ahead!
Dec-24-09  Whitehat1963: <This game exemplifies Capablanca the "Simplifier".>

For someone who seemed to see through the complexities pretty easily and possessed what both Alekhine and Fine described as incredible rapidity and clarity of vision, Capablanca did seem to prefer simplicity in his games. It was his style, but I wonder if he would have been better off deliberately steering into complications (a la Tal, Alekhine, Kasparov, and Lasker), in some games. For Capa, it seems, clarity came above everything, but does anyone know of any games in which he does deliberately steer into complications?

Dec-24-09  Sleeping kitten: In Capablanca vs Nimzowitsch, 1928, from move 20, Capablanca plays for complications in order to save a draw from a completely losing position.
Dec-24-09  Whitehat1963: Thanks, <Sleeping kitten>! Remarkable game!
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  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in New York, New York on February 12, 1931.

Capablanca scored +28=16-6.

Source is <Capablanca> by Edward Winter.

Manhattan Chess Club team was Reuben Fine; D. McMurray; E. Schwartz; and L. Stephens.

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