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Frank James Marshall vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Lake Hopatcong (1926), Lake Hopatcong, NJ USA, rd 9, Jul-17
Danish Gambit: Declined. Sorensen Defense (C21)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  GrahamClayton: According to George Botterill in "Open Gambits", the 9....♕c4 variation was introduced into master play by Capablanca in this game. The point behind 9...♕c4 is to induce the exchange of Queens by stopping White from Kingside castling.
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  AylerKupp: I thought "Even with the two bishops white is two pawns down and his king is in the corner, hindering the mobilization of his Rg1. Why did Capablanca agree to the draw?"

Then I ran the position through Houdini 1.5 and it's evaluation was that white had an advantage and, after playing it out, I agree. Boy, that Capablanca sure knew his chess!

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  TheFocus: Howell in the tournament book: <A curious draw. Black has two passed Pawns plus, so White is content, and Black can get his Queen away from the attack of the Rook only by giving back material or allowing White a strong attack. At this stage of the tournament it was not important to Capablanca to win.>

In the next, final round, another short draw against Maroczy.

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