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Fred Dewhirst Yates vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Moscow (1925)  ·  Alekhine Defense: Saemisch Attack (B02)  ·  0-1
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Jan-14-04  Lawrence: A spectacular Capa-bility ending.
Jun-04-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: 9.h3 seems weak to me...by opening up the g-file, white is trying to persuade capablanca not to castle kingside?
Dec-14-04  kostich in time: After his losses to Verlinlinsky and Ilyin Zhenevsky, Capo took some daring risks to win..playing the Alekhine(the first and only Alekhine of his career!)here against the dangerous Yates, and later the Sicilian against the equally dangerous Bogarutchuck( I know, I know thats a variant spelling..I just cant remember how to spell his name!)
Dec-14-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  akiba82: A good illustration of Silman's so called minor imbalance. Capablanca's knight being much superior to Yate's bad bishop. The latter remains on the sideline available to be picked off by an x-ray attack after White gives up his queen.
Oct-19-05  Pawn Ambush: I have the feeling that the ALEKHINE defense would have work real well with Capablanca's ability to get opponents to over extend themselves.

I wonder if he played it after 1927!

Oct-19-05  Runemaster: Wonderful. It looks as though Yates hoped to generate an atack along the 'g' file.

It's very striking, I think, how quickly White's attacking plans are completely neutralised. From about move 20 onwards, only Black has any play at all and White is planless, giving a feeling of inevitability to the result.

May-18-07  micartouse: Black's moves 11-13 are interesting. Rather than just routinely finishing his development, Black develops a plan based on a superior minor piece.

I didn't understand the moves c4, g6, and h5 at first sight, but after playing through the game I see he eliminated the pawn levers necessary to free White's king bishop. Bishop out of play! This shows how doubled pawns can be a weakness in the middlegame.

15. Bg5 looks like a blunder, but it really doesn't make a difference in the game.

May-18-07  Whitehat1963: Monday puzzle after 38. Ka1.
Aug-06-07  Akuni: <Micartouse> 14. Bh4 was the real blunder because after 14...Be7 White's Bishop can't be defended, can't go back to g3 because of h4 and after Bxe7 White has absolutely no play unless he wants to make a pawn break on the Queenside. So he elects to sac a pawn, and better to undouble the f-pawns than to lose the e-pawn and be left with doubled isos.
Nov-02-07
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  SuperPatzer77: Why White resigns is because 39.cxb3 Rxa3+, 40. Qxb3 Rxb3+, 41. Kb1 c2+!, 42. Kb2 Ra2+!* (see Note below), 43. Kc1 (forced) Ra1+, 44. Kxc2 Ra2+ winning the White bishop. Or 39. cxb3 Rxa3+, 40. Kb1 Ra1+, 41. Kc2 Rxc1+, 42. Kxc1 Ra1+, 43. Kc2 Ra2+ winning the White bishop.

*Note: 42...Ra2+!, 43. Kxa2 c1=Q, 44. Bf3 Qxf4 winning the White bishop.

Nov-02-07
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  SuperPatzer77: Correction: <SuperPatzer77> Notice that I made an incorrection: <40. Qxb3 Rxb3+> -> Oops!! The correction is that 39 cxb3 Rxa3+, <40. Qxa3 Rxa3+>, 41. Kb1 c2+!, 42. Kb2 Ra2+!* (*see note below), 43. Kc1 (forced) Ra1+, 44. Kxc2 Ra2+ winning the White bishop . Or 39. cxb3 Rxa3+, 40. Kb1 Ra1+, 41. Kc2 R8a2+ 42. Kxc3 Rxc1+ leaving Black two rooks up .

*Note: 42...Ra2+!, 43. Kxa2 c1=Q, 44. Bf3 Qxf4 winning the White bishop .

Forcing mate: 39. cxb3 Rxa3+, 40. Kb1 Ra1+, 41. Kc2 R8c2+, 42. Kd3 Rxc1 43. Bf3 Rd2+, 44. Ke3 Re1+, 45. Be2 Rexe2+, 46. Kf3 d4! setting up mating net, 47. Kg3 Re3+, 48. Kh4 Rf2 mates in next move .

Sorry if I made an error in typing 40. Qxb3 Rxb3+. It should be 40. Qxa3 Rxa3+ - Sorry.

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