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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky
"Dominant Gene" (game of the day Jul-23-2013)
Savorin Cup (1913) (exhibition), St Petersburg RUE, rd 2, Dec-18
French Defense: McCutcheon. Exchange Variation (C12)  ·  0-1


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Jul-23-13  morfishine: Hi <Eluveitie> I also read the book "How not to play chess" by Znosko-Borovsky. A very good little book.

He also wrote a less well known book:

"How not to make chess puns"


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  FSR: Apparently this is a good opening to play in simuls: Steinitz vs McCutcheon, 1885.
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  FSR: <pedro123: I wonder if Mr Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky ever had to sign on.

A bit of a shame that he didn't live long enough to play Mr Roman Yakovlevich Dzindzichashvili really.>

Lionel Adalbert Bagration Felix Kieseritsky and Dr. Jana Malypetrova Hartston Miles Bellin would also have been worthy adversaries.

Jul-23-13  KlingonBorgTatar: World Champs French Fried at Big Mac's

Stenitz - MacCutcheon simul 1885 ( the original recipe, see above) Capa - Znosko (this page)
Alekhine - EJ Diemer Simul 1934
Euwe - Castaldi Venedig 1948

Fischer- Petrosian Curacao Ct 1962


Jul-23-13  inmate5: <erniecohen: Both Capablanca and Burgess got this one wrong. After 35. ♕d4 ♕e2 36. ♕xd3 ♖b2+ 37. ♔c1 ♖d8 38. ♕xe2 ♖xe2 it is Black who has a probable win; he is up an exchange for a pawn, has a ♖ on the 7th rank, and the d7 pawn will soon fall.> At the end of your line, 39. ♘d4 screams to be played. However, black can miraculously escape with 39... ♖xa2 after 40 ♘xc6 ♖a1+ 41. ♔c2 ♖xd1 or 40. ♔b1 ♖a6 (if I am not mistaken).
Jul-23-13  Ratt Boy: I first saw this game almost 50 years ago, in Capa's excellent *Chess Fundamentals*. In a world where chessmasters tend so show off their crushing wins in their own books, Capa was classy enough to include a few of his rare losses. Fischer did the same in his classic *My 60 Memorable Games*. He was a nut, but that book is great.
Jul-23-13  KlingonBorgTatar: To complete the cast of The Tournament of Illustrious Names, here are some more entries: Baron Tassilo Von Heydebrandt und Von der Lasa, Mme Contessa Chantal Chaude du Silans, Count Alberic O'Kelly de Galway, Aleksander Fyodorovich Ilyin-Zhenevsky, Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bonch-Osmolovsky . :-)
Jul-23-13  waustad: Is the "domi" in this pun a reference to a Capablanca fanatic on chessbomb? I usually refer to him/her as "capa and the sock puppets." Sometimes it seems like a bot.
Jul-23-13  mertangili: Maybe this loss has also something to do with the location and date of the game? As it must have been played in a very cold and dark weather, Capablanca from Cuba might have been adversely effected.
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  keypusher: <mertangili: Maybe this loss has also something to do with the location and date of the game? As it must have been played in a very cold and dark weather, Capablanca from Cuba might have been adversely effected.>

Yes, I'm sure the weather explains his disastrous results on the tour.

Jul-23-13  YetAnotherAmateur: I have to admit that 30. cxd5 was not the move I expected. I mean, I understand the instincts in setting up a passed pawn, but it was a risky sac without clear compensation that I could see.
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  kevin86: A rare Capa loss-he lost about as often as Mariano Rivera gives up a run.
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  kevin86: and this WAS speed chess.
Jul-23-13  lemaire90: Was 39.Kc1 that good ? The rook is still pinned.
Jul-23-13  builttospill: I play this opening from time to time with black. Pretty much force white to castle queenside, because otherwise the coordination of the rook on g8 and the bishop on g7 makes life difficult for the white king. This also arises from the Burn variation, which is my preferred response against 3. Nd2 (dxe4, 4. Nxe4 Nf6 and if Nxf6, gxf6, looking for play on the g file.)

Here in the game, black had good attacking chances because Capablanca didn't want to castle kingside, and Znosko-Borovsky was able to take advantage of the weakened pawn structure on the queen side.

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  Domdaniel: Znosko-Borovsky's "How Not to Play Chess" is a superb book. And this is a fine example of practical chess.
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  brankat: Another instructive one is "The Art of Chess Combinations".
Jul-24-13  KlingonBorgTatar: Hi <brankat> and <domdaniel>, yup those Znosko books are very nice to read, instructive and timeless. Another one is his 'The Middle Game'. I liked the way the material was arranged in his combi book and his advice on how not to play is still relevant.

On Capa's rare losses, check out Aurbach - Capa Paris 1913 Falkbeer CG, another case of entertaining fighting chess.

Jul-24-13  KlingonBorgTatar: Just in, straight from the front page of <chessgames>, a 21st century 'Game of Illustrious Names' : Ian Aleksandovich Nepomniachtchi vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Biel 2013 0-1. Of course Nepo's patronymic, Aleksandrovich, was not included. It would have taken a lot more space.... :-)
Jul-24-13  KlingonBorgTatar: Btw, I hope someone would reprint these holy grails by Znosko : ' The Evolution of Chess' 1910, 'the Muzio Gambit' , 'Capablanca' 1911, and the post WW I 'Capablanca and Alekhine'. These promises to be very interesting reading.
Oct-03-14  Bronder: Capablanca seems to have become mesmerized at some point. Good job by Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky!
Dec-14-14  RookFile: Relatively speaking, I think the French was a good choice against Capa. Certainly better than the Ruy Lopez or 4 knights game, which Capa could play on auto-pilot.
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  perfidious: The man never lost a serious game as White in the Spanish Torture--unbelievable.
Nov-29-16  erniecohen: <inmate5: <erniecohen: Both Capablanca and Burgess got this one wrong. After 35. ♕d4 ♕e2 36. ♕xd3 ♖b2+ 37. ♔c1 ♖d8 38. ♕xe2 ♖xe2 it is Black who has a probable win; he is up an exchange for a pawn, has a ♖ on the 7th rank, and the d7 pawn will soon fall.> At the end of your line, 39. ♘d4 screams to be played. However, black can miraculously escape with 39... ♖xa2 after 40 ♘xc6 ♖a1+ 41. ♔c2 ♖xd1.>>

(I'm sorry for not noticing your reply for 3 years.)

"Miraculously escape"? It's more than that - at the end of your line, it's just a clear win for Black.

<offramp: Who should we believe out of Capablanca and Ernie Cohen?> In this case, Ernie Cohen. Unlike American politics, Chess has objective truth.

Dec-30-17  Count von Twothree: Because of Capa's weak 28th move, White was never better from then on. However, there was no need to lose this either. It looks like the incredibly natural 31.d6 was, with the benefit of hindsight, objectively incorrect, whereas 31.Nxc6 might have held the balance. And 32.d7 was an outright blunder, albeit in a position where he was already somewhat worse. Instead White had to try 32.Rxd3, with chances to hold. In the opening I think Black's mistake was not playing either 13...e5 or 15...e5, which in both cases looks levellish, whereas in the game White was better until he went wrong on move 28.
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