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Robert Raubitschek vs Jose Raul Capablanca
"Who Framed Robert Raubitschek?" (game of the day May-13-2018)
Casual Game (1906), New York, NY USA, Sep-24
King's Gambit: Accepted. Philidor Gambit (C38)  ·  0-1


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  Gypsy: <beatgiant, Calli> Looking at it now, I am beginning to think that the quiet move we have been after, after <24.Qf2>, is the inconspicuous <24...R4g6>. It creates the threat of Bh3 and Qe4, and I see no sufficient antidote; it looks dim after

24.Qf2 R4g6 25.Nc2 Bh3 26.Ne1 Qe4 ... or

24.Qf2 R4g6 25.Qf3 Rg3 26.Qf2 Bh3 ... or

24.Qf2 R4g6 25.Bf4 Bd5 26.f3 Qh4 ...

Any ideas?

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  Calli: R4g6 is worth a try. After 24.Qf2 R4g6 25.Nc2 Bh3 26.Ne1 Qe4 then 27.Qf3 Bxg2 28.QxQ Bxe4+ 29.Kf2. Or 27.Qf3 Rxg2+ 28.Nxg2+ Rxg2 29.Kh1 Qh4 30.Qxg2 etc I don't see the win either way.
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  Gypsy: Yup, nothing is decided. Black has to keep shuffling wood: 24.Qf2 R4g6 25.Nc2 Bh3 26.Ne1 Qe4 27.Qf3 ... 27...Qh4 with the idea of Bh3-d7-c6 and Rh8.

(I'v been trying to figure out some reshuffle Black heavy pieces to the h-file; just can not quite make it work.)

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  beatgiant: Although White can reach an ending with two rooks for a queen, I think Black still has a strong attack in a line like 24. Qf2 Bd7 25. Nc4 Rxg2+ 26. Qxg2 Rxg2+ 27. Kxg2 Qe2+ 28. Kg1 Qxc4, for example 29. Bd2 Qd3 39. Rf2 Bc6 40. Re1 Qh3, etc. looks like White will have to give back more material in the near future.

Does anyone see a better defense for White against <Calli>'s 24. Qf2 Bd7 line?

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  Calli: <beatgiant> I think its a win. Tried various lines and whenever White trries to develop he loses pawns. If doesn't develop, Black can usually get in f5-f4 and win. (often he play this anyway). Apparently the White king is too exposed to organize a defense.
Nov-16-06  cornflake: Capablanca's queen offer and subsequent mate attack was brilliant. how many chess engines would play 21...Nf6 and 22... Rd8?
Nov-16-06  CapablancaFan: 23...Rdg8! Hehehehe, lololololol!
Dec-23-06  notyetagm: Simply -outstanding- piece play by Capablanca in this game.
Dec-23-06  notyetagm: And this is the other game from the New York 1906 tournament in which Capablanca defeated Raubitschek, this time with the White pieces.

[Event "New York"]
[Site "New York"]
[Date "1906.??.??"]
[Round "0"]
[White "Capablanca,Jose Raul"]
[Black "Raubitschek,Rudolf"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "C67"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Nxe5 Bd7 7. Nxd7 Qxd7 8. Nc3 f5 9. Nxe4 fxe4 10. c4 O-O-O 11. Bg5 Be7 12. Bxe7 Qxe7 13. Bxc6 bxc6 14. c5 Qf6 15. Qa4 Kb8 16. Rac1 Ka8 17. b4 Rb8 18. a3 Rhe8 19. Qa6 Re6 20. a4 Qxd4 21. b5 Qf6 22. Rc2 cxb5 23. c6 b4 24. Rc5 Qd4 25. Rb5 Ree8 26. Rb7 Qc5 27. h3 d4 28. Kh2 d3 29. Rc1 Qxf2 30. Rf1 Qd4 31. Rf5 e3 32. Rxa7+ Qxa7 33. Ra5 Qxa6 34. Rxa6#

I included the PGN here becaue the game is not yet in the database (I just submitted it).

White To Play: 32 ?

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Here Capablanca uses his swinging f5-rook and the tactical point that the Black a8-king is trapped in a corridor on the a-file (<Greco mate>) to conclude the game with the excellent mating combination 32 ♖xa7+! ♕xa7 33 ♖a5! (the point)

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33 ... ♕xa6 (33 ... ♖b7 34 ♕xb7#! <discovered pin>) 34 ♖xa6#

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Apr-24-07  syracrophy: Thanks, <notyetagm>! I was precisely looking for that awesome game, where the position from Black's 31th move is a puzzle from a book I have. Thanks for updating it. I hope to see it soon
Jul-06-08  blacksburg: <notyetagm> thanks, i knew this combination from a tactics book, i think reinfeld, but i never knew that it was capablanca.
Dec-16-11  Llawdogg: Wow! After a knight sacrifice and a bishop sacrifice it still seems like Capablanca has more pieces left than his opponent. Nice checkmate.
Dec-23-11  AlphaMale: 24.Qf2 is a better try than Rf2 but it still loses to 24...Qd7 (covering f5 in case of ...Bd5 or threatening Bh3 skewering the Rf1 after exchanges on g2).

Then 25.Re1 Bd5 26.Re2 Bxg2 27.Qxg2 Qf5! 28.Nc4 (or 28.Nc2 Rxg2+ 29.Rxg2 Rxg2+ 30.Kxg2 Qxc2+) Qf3.

If 25.Bf4 Bd5 26.g3 Rh4 27.Qe3 Qh3 28.Kf2 Rxf4+ wins.

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  TheFocus: One of two casual games played in New York, New York on September 24, 1906 against Raubitschek.

Capablanca won both games.

Mar-11-17  CaringLuv: Why didn't White play 23.Qf2 instead of sacrificing his Queen with 23.Qxf6? 23....Rdg8. 25.Rf2 Bd5 in very strong for Black but at least least White will have more material for the Queen after exchanging at g2
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  offramp: A good pun today, after a long series of clinkers.

In the KG White <must> give up material quickly. Here he is actually <ahead> in material as early as move 13, and that is fatal.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Twas a brave man, Mr. Raubitschek. I never would have had the courage to give Capablanca odds of Queen Rook and Queen Bishop.
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  ChessHigherCat: As I figured out with a little help from my cybernetic friend, 24. Qf2, suggested by Mateo in the year of the flood, is a lot better than a draw, it's a clear win for black:

24. Qf2 Qd7 25. Nc2 Rxg2+ 26. Qxg2 Rxg2+ 27. Kxg2 Bh3+ 28. Kf2 Qf5+ 29. Bf4 Qxc2+ 30. Ke3 Bxf1 31. Rxf1 Qxb2 32. Rf2 Qxc3+ 33. Ke4 f5+ 34. Kxf5 Qxd4 35. Rd2 Qc4 36. Be3 a5

Okay, it's hard to win a won endgame against Capablanca, but it's a R+B+p versus a Q + three pawns

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  profK: After move 7, Black has transformed into the Fischer Defence against the KGA !!! Maybe Capa could get a bit of credit. He must have been a teenager.
May-13-18  morfishine: A better question is "Who is Robert Raubitschek?"

Here, in the upteenth addition of the so-called "GOTD", we get to see Capa toy with another weak player where the main lesson in the game seems to be "Don't waste your time playing Capablanca if you are a weak player"

Raubitschek wasn't framed, he was doomed from the start


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  ChessHigherCat: <morfishine: Raubitschek wasn't framed, he was doomed from the start>

On the contrary, Rabbit was just a hare's breadth away from winning with 24. Qf2.

May-13-18  morfishine: <ChessHigherCat> c'est la vie mon ami


May-13-18  The Kings Domain: Fine attacking finish by the young Capablanca.
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  keypusher: <CHC> No, Black is still winning after 24.Qf2 Qd7 (24....Bd5 25.Qf5+ Be6 26.Qf2).

Really a nice game, I think.

Jun-21-19  achieve: Sterling finish after a fine middlegame by Capa.

This is the 3rd game in the Euwe/Prins book on Capablanca (1949) - there is a 6-year gap in between the Corso match (1900) and the Raubitschek games in 1906... I'll have to check the database on young Jose Raul's exploits in his adolescense years...

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