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Emanuel Lasker vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Lasker - Capablanca World Championship Match (1921), Havana CUB, rd 6, Mar-30
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Hedgehog Variation (C66)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Annotations by Jose Raul Capablanca.      [26 more games annotated by Capablanca]

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Aug-02-07  cn1ght: I know 'Spanish' and 'Ruy lopex' are the same opening, but normally a single source keeps the same name throughout, it's strange that this website switches between both names.
Mar-02-08
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  Knight13: I like the way Capablanca moves his knights around in the closed endgame to weaken white's pawns, but I don't see how that really became helpful.
Nov-23-09  Ulhumbrus: <Knight13: I like the way Capablanca moves his knights around in the closed endgame to weaken white's pawns, but I don't see how that really became helpful.> Capablanca's comment on White's 27th move 27 a4 suggests a part of the answer, as follows. Capablanca wants to play the move ...a5 in order to play ....a4 and so to remove his weak a pawn. With White's c pawn on c2, White can answer ....a5 with a4 and then play Nc4, and attack the Black a5 pawn, thus tying a Rook - a piece of greater value than the Knight- to the defence of the Black a5 pawn. With the White c pawn on c3 this does not work. The b3 pawn lacks a c2 pawn to defend it, and White's N is tied to the defence of the b3 pawn, so that the move Nc4 invites the capture ...Rxb3.
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