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Robert Raubitschek vs Jose Raul Capablanca
New York (1906), New York, NY USA
King's Gambit: Accepted. Philidor Gambit (C38)  ·  0-1


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Nov-18-04  beatgiant: <drunknight II:>
<Now what about 17 Nc6 bxf6 18 Qf2?>

This may have been a joke. But for the record, Black can reply simply 18...♖d5 with a strong attack similar to the actual game but now with an extra piece. Meanwhile, White doesn't have enough pieces in play to take advantage of the broken pawn structure around Black's king. An example of the quick crush that follows is 17. ♘c6 bxc6 18. ♕f2 ♖d5 19. ♘a3 ♖dh5 20. ♕e1 ♖h1+ 21. ♔f2 ♗h4+ 22. g3 ♗xg3+ 23. ♔xg3 ♕h4+ 24. ♔f3 ♗g4+ , etc.

If White wants to give a piece for some counterplay, I would suggest the following line instead:

15. ♗e3 0-0-0 16. d5 ♗d7 17. ♗xa7!? ♗b5 18. ♖f2 b6 19. a4 ♗a6 20. a5 ♔b7 21. ab cb 22. ♗xb6 and it looks like a fight. At least it can't be much worse than the game's disastrous 15. e5?

Oct-09-05  ConfusedPatzer: Takes a lot of balls to try the king's gambit agains't Capa.
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  Mateo: I see a draw after 24. Qf2!, instead of 24. Rf2?.

24. Qf2 Bd5 25. Qf5 Kb8 26. Qd5 Qe2 27. Rf2 Qe1 28. Rf1 Qe2, draw.

Did anyone noticed this possibility? Capablanca didn't mentionned it in his comments.

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  Gypsy: <Mateo: I see a draw after 24. Qf2!, instead of 24. Rf2?.> Do you see a way to draw also in the line: 24.Qf2 Rxg2+ 25.Qxg2 Rxg2+ 26.Kxg2 and, say, 26...Qh4 ...? The immediate threats are 27...Bd5+ 28.Kg1 Qg3#, and 27...Bh3+ 28.Kf3 Bxf1 . While something like 27.Kf3 Bd5+ 28.Ke2 Qe4+ 29.Kd2 and perhaps 29...f5 keeps White alive for the time being, it is hard to believe that he can live to tell the tale for good.
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  Calli: <Gypsy> Probably 26...Qh4 27.Rf4 draws. I like 24.Qf2 Bd7! which continues the attack, threatening Bc6 or Qe4.
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  Mateo: <Gypsy> After 24. Qf2 Rg2 25. Qg2 Rg2 26. Kg2 Qh4, I do not see anylonger a draw (Calli) but a win for... White! You have 27. Rf4 (Calli) Qh3 28. Kf2 and White's King will escape. Or 27... Bd5 28. Kf1. Or 27... Qe1 (with 28... Bd5) 28. c4!.
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  Gypsy: <Mateo> I may be wrong about it, but I still do not see White king finding a safe heaven: 26...Qh4 27.Rf4 Bd5+ 28.Kf1 Qh1+ 29.Ke2 Qg2+ ... But I equally do not see a way to finnish the king off.

The inresting part is that this Q+B team seems not quite enough to deliver a kill in such a position, even though White pieces are disorganized.

I like <Calli>'s idea of prophilactics first; i.e., first removing White tactical counterstrikes. Besides <24.Qf2 Bd7> also 24...Kb8 comes to mind.

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  Calli: <Mateo> "and White's King will escape"

How? After 24.Qf2 Rxg2+ 25.Qxg2 Rxg2+ 26.Kxg2 Qh4 27.Rf4 Qh3+ 28.Kf2 Qh2+ 29.Ke1 Qg1+

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The queen checks along the g file. If the king moves to d3 or c2, the Queen will check at g6. Black can only lose if he allows the white bishop to interpose at d2 or e3. On any rook block, there is always another check.

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  Mateo: <Calli> You are right. It is a draw.
Dec-03-05  beatgiant: Very intersting suggestions.

<Besides <<24.Qf2 Bd7>> also 24...Kb8 comes to mind.>

Wouldn't White then have time for 24. Qf2 Kb8 25. Nc2, rushing the knight over to further protect g2?

While with <Calli>'s 24. Qf2 Bd7, Black would have 25. Nc2 Rxg2+ 26. Qxg2 Rxg2+ Kxg2 Qe4+, forking king and knight, or similarly 25. Nc4 Rxg2+ 26. Qxg2 Rxg2+ 27. Kxg2 Qe2+ also forks.

But 24. Qf2 Bd7 25. Qf3 Qh4 looks too strong, e.g. 26. Rf2 Rxg2+! 27. Rxg2 Qe1+ 28. Qf1 Rxg2+ 29. Kxg2 Bc6+, etc. wins the queen.

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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.)

Dec-04-05  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.
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  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!
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  notyetagm: Simply -outstanding- piece play by Capablanca in this game.
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  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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  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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