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Jacques Mieses vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Berlin (Germany) (1913), Berlin GER, rd 2, Nov-18
Center Game: Berger Variation (C22)  ·  0-1


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  Calli: Unfortunately David Sands has a bad score there. 39.R5d2 instead of the correct 39.R1d2. This leads to his comment that 39...Rxb2+ is possible and implying that Capa missed it.
May-07-05  paladin at large: Why did Capa play 21. Qc6 and why didn't Mieses respond 22. Qxc6? (Except that the endgame is against Capa.)
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  Calli: <Paladin> Capablanca wrote

"Qxc6 would have given White a decided advantage, enough to win with proper play. Mieses, however, feared the difficulties of an ending where, while having the Exchange, he would be a pawn minus. He preferred to keep the Queens on the board and keep up the attack. At first sight, and even after careful thought, there seems to be no objection to his plan; but in truth such is not the case. From this point the game will gradually improve in Black's favor until, with the Exchange ahead, White is lost."

May-08-05  paladin at large: Thanks <Calli> - a remarkable circumstance.
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  beatgiant: I think White's problem is the poor planning between moves 23 and 28. It does not look right to freeze the pawns on f5 and g4 while shutting out his own queen, and White never triples on the e-file.

For example, I'd say 28. h4 Kh7 29. g3 Rd8 30. Re3 c5 31. Qe2, threatening to invade the back rank with 32. Re8, looks stronger for White.

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  Calli: Kh7 was a tactical move. Let Capa explain

"28...Kh7! prevents 29.h4 which I would answer with g6 winning the Queen. It can now be considered that my King is safe from attack. White will have to withdraw his Queen via h3, and Black can use the time to begin his advance on the Queenside." - CJR

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  beatgiant: <Calli>
<Kh7 was a tactical move.>

The suggested 28. h4 is also tactical. On the one hand it threatens 29. g4 and so induces Black to spend a move on 28...Kh7, and on the other it prevents ...Bg5 and so prepares the tripling on the e-file.

Later, for a draw, I'd suggest 36. c4 to block the queenside. I think Capa commented on that too.

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  Calli: <beatgiant> My problem is I don't see White's threat in the position. For instance

28.h4 Rd8 29.g4 d4 30.g5 Qxf5 31.Re8+ Kh7 32.Rxd8 Bxd8 33.cxd4 Bc7 looks fine.

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  beatgiant: <Calli>
Good point, even after 28. h4 the g4 push is not very threatening, so White may not have enough time for the easy win down the e-file that I was looking for.

I still think it must be wrong for White to shut out his own queen and abandon the e-file as in the game's moves 28 to 32, but I don't immediately see a concrete improvement.

Jul-21-06  paladin at large: Capa commented on his errors:

12......Nd4 "This complicates the game unnecessarily. Re8 was simple, and perfectly safe."

13......Bg4 "This is a serious mistake.

14. ....Rxe3 "There was nothing better."

He also commented that the overall situation for Black was not as bad as it looked, and Capa played beautfiully the rest of the way, as if it had all been designed that way.

Unusual, to lose the exchange early in the middle game, and steadily turn the tables the rest of the way.

May-10-07  technical draw: Great game. Mieses was no chump. This is a really complicated game with lots of pieces en prise at the same time (at move 13 black has two pieces en prise and puts in a third!). Really extraordinary.
Sep-08-07  CapablancaFan: Capa gets outplayed in the middlegame, and in fact, loses the exchange. then they reach the endgame and well...LOL!
Feb-03-08  sombreronegro: The winning move is 28 Kh7 which relieved g7 from its defensive duties. I think Mieses was going to play h2 h4 and threaten g4 g5. The problem is after Kh7 his queen is hopelessly trapped after g4 g5. He was fooled into building a tomb for his queen. With that stalled the counter attack was in the making and the queen never made is back to defend.
Oct-07-09  ROADDOG: Nice vid on this great game. SeanGGodley shares Capablancas analysis on the game, his admitted mistakes, and how he overcame his errors with accurate play. These guys were good!
Oct-07-09  darkjuva: Please stop this pressure :D
Apr-17-10  Sourav: Isn't 7.f3 a better move? Is it bad because black can then respond with 7...d5?
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  Phony Benoni: < Sourav: Isn't 7.f3 a better move? Is it bad because black can then respond with 7...d5?>

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That's probably right. With White's K+Q lined up on the e-file and Black castled, bells should be going off in Black's head alerting him to open the e-file at any cost. That's one reason White played 7.0-0-0 instead, getting his king out of the way.

In <1.e4 e5> openings, the move f2-f3 should be viewed with suspicion. Sometimes it is necessary, but usually it's a wasted move contributing nothing to White's attack and doing nothing about Black's desired counterplay with ...d5. Also, the opening of the "Fool's Mate" diagonal often allows Black to sacrifice on e4 and start an attack. Finally, in this position it has the additional drawback of taking the best square from White's undeveloped g1-knight.

Apr-18-10  Sourav: Thank you Phony Benoni.
Apr-18-10  Sourav: Why didn’t white play 5.e5?
Apr-18-10  Sourav: Sorry. I worded my previous to previous question incorrectly. The question should be 'Isn't 8.f3 a better move? Is it bad because black can then respond with 8...d5?'. Note that I am referring to white's 8th move and not white's 7th move.
May-15-10  Sourav: What happens if white plays 14.f3?
Jun-06-10  Sourav: Why can't white play 36.Rd5?
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  TheFocus: This is match game two of a two-game match. It was played on November 18-19, 1913 in Berlin, Germany.

Capablanca won both games.

Aug-04-15  1971: One of the best games ever played! I love this game shows the power of a strong plan and the concept of if your at 90% accuracy and your opponent is at 89% just keep making moves and eventually you'll win!

*Of if isn't great writing but you get the point!

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  julillo: 13...Bg4? was a mistake that lost quality beeing a pawn up ...still playable, but 21...Qc6? is decisive after 22. Qxc6 White must win. 22. Rd4?! is doubious but still with big advantage, the real mistake is 23. f5?, after 23 Rd2! black can´t play 23..c6 24. b4 Bb6 25. Qe7 winning and after 23. Rb8 24. Qd5 Bb6 25. Rde2 White´s attack should win
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