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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Albert Becker
Karlsbad (1929), Karlsbad CSR, rd 8, Aug-09
Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation (D37)  ·  1-0


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Jun-27-02  vinchenzo: this is too easy
Jun-27-02  vinchenzo: Hee heeh ehheheheh
Jun-27-02  vinchenzo: i'm a newb. when do get i play somebody?
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  al wazir: What is white's response to 18...Nf6? If 19. Nxf6+ then 19...Rxf6. Where's the win?
Jul-07-05  mjk: <al wazir> 18...♘f6 19.♗c4 ♕... 20.♗xe6+ etc., perhaps.
Jul-07-05  notyetagm: Capablanca opened up a big can of whoopass in this game, 18 moves.
Jul-07-05  fgh: <mjk>: Your line seems convicing. I was looking at 19. Nxf6+ but it's not very advantegous for white, unless I have missed a tactical shot.
Oct-31-05  lopium: What about fxe4, Qh5. Then Rf6 ?
Oct-31-05  aw1988: Frankly, I think fxe4 Bxe4 is enough.
Sep-02-07  notyetagm: <aw1988: Frankly, I think fxe4 Bxe4 is enough.>

Yes, the <SKEWER> ♗d3xe4 of the Black d5-queen and Black b7-bishop by the White e4-bishop regains the piece for White, leaving him two extra pawns ahead. And the rest is just a matter of techique, which Capablanca had in abundance.

Mar-28-08  Ulhumbrus: I am not sure, but I believe that in his book on the tournament Nimzovich gives 18...fxe4 19 Bc4! winning immediately. The move 19 Bc4 skewers Black's Queen to the e6 pawn, and the potential threat is 20 Bxe6+ Kh8 21 Qh5 mate. Black has no answer to the threat.
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  Domdaniel: Ulhumbrus is right. What Nimzo actually says is "18...fxe4 allows either 19.Bxe4 or 19.Bc4, with an immediate catastrophe".

He didn't have much time for Becker, who managed to come joint 5th behind Nimzowitsch and Capablanca.

"It is difficult", wrote Nimzo, "to find anything whatever to say about Becker. He has no recognizable chess physiognomy - indeed, God only knows how he gets through his games. With White, he opens 1.e4, employing an old line of the Giuoco that everyone else has half-forgotten, while with Black, his defense evinces neither style nor accuracy. He is hardly likely to achieve such heights a second time."


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  perfidious: <Dom> Nimzowitsch's comments were what one would politely call dismissive, though the round before, he had made little impression with his favourite French: A Becker vs Nimzowitsch, 1929.
Jun-19-16  edubueno: 3rd complete point of Capa.
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  Biroldo: After 18... Nf6 I think white could come up with 19.Bc4...Qd8 (or Qa5) 20.Nxe6 etc..check it out.
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