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Emanuel Lasker vs Jose Raul Capablanca
"Havana Knights" (game of the day Oct-17-2008)
Lasker - Capablanca World Championship Match (1921), Havana CUB, rd 10, Apr-08
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Rubinstein Variation (D61)  ·  0-1


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  Benzol: <Cercatore> Welcome to the site btw.


Oct-24-09  rjsolcruz: 88 years later, another Raul, 11 year old Raul Sol Cruz Jr. played these lines also as Black, vs GM Eugene Torre in a training game. But the modern day Raul, nicknamed Rhal, continued with 7... b6 instead of the original Raul's 7... c5.
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  NARC: I have read somewhere that 17. Ng6 was good in this position, on 17. ... fxg7 18. Rxe6. If anybody remembers who came up with that variation I would be grateful. I just recall that in the comments to one of the games in this match Ng6 was an option. I think it was one of "the oldies" who found the variation. Or was it Laskers brother Berthold? I have read that the Lasker brothers lived in one room in Berlin during their youth, and they were so broke that for a time they had one couple of pants so one had to stay at home while the other brother was out.
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  NARC: rjsolcruz: One example of 7. ... b6 is Rubinstein-Teichmann 1908.
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  GrahamClayton: "The tenth game in the match for the world's chess championship between Dr Emanuel Lasker and Jose Capablanca was postponed tonight owing to a slight affection of the eye from which Capablanca is suffering. The game will probably be played tomorrow night."

New-York Tribune, April 8, 1921, p. 14.

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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here which I consider a wonderful demo of how to play against the IQP:

Jun-03-11  APatzer: Modest and simple annotation by the winner that even a patzer like me can follow.
Oct-08-11  jackpawn: I certainly admire Capa's genius, but I totally disagree with others regarding his notes to this game. To me he was lazy, making only general statements often without providing any actual lines.
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  Petrosianic: Capa may have been a better player than Alekhine, but he wasn't a better annotator. "All these moves have a meaning. The student should figure out for himself what they are, because I can't be bothered to say."
Oct-09-11  aliejin: "To me he was lazy, making only general statements often without providing any actual lines."

For capablanca to show lines was hard work , as we know, he played an extremely intuitive chess

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  whiteshark: "The isolated pawn casts gloom over the entire chessboard."

~ Aaron Nimzowitsch

Mar-20-12  RookFile: In the 1920's, they figured that 17. Bxf6 would have given white an edge.
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  HeMateMe: The Chess Machine.
Jul-08-12  reti: Capablanca was not lazy. He expected the best from the public at large so that they, in turn, would appreciate his chess skills.
Sep-02-12  birthtimes: Capablanca wrote in "A Primer of Chess", after his 15th move, "This is a weak move which might have given Black a great deal of trouble. Black wanted to gain time in order to play ...Nbd5, the pivotal square of the whole position for Black. It was the wrong idea, however, as will soon be seen. The simple and logical move 15...Bc6, threatening ...Bd5, would have given Black an excellent game."
Nov-09-13  bkpov: Lasker and Alekhine were the greatest duo in modern chess. their game encompasses all aspect of chess. Kasaparov comes next.
Nov-09-13  RedShield: Modern? All their games are in black and white.
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  Richard Taylor: "All these moves have a meaning, the student should carefully study them." !!

I actually played this over a couple of times: it is in the book that shows many of Capa's endings and I was inspired to win a game in the ending (not quite as accurately as this but the inspiration of Capablanca's games and this one helped a lot.)

Nov-22-13  Nicocobas: <all> Could anyone recommend a good book on openings for beginners? I'm looking for one that provides good explanations for the moves. Thanks.
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  perfidious: <Nicocobas>: Don't know whether John Nunn has written anything which is strictly for relative beginners, but if he has, it would be well worth it.

Even if you should chance upon some of Nunn's works for players of higher standard-all of which are worthwhile-the prose is concise and logical.

Nov-22-13  Boomie: <Nicocobas: <all> Could anyone recommend a good book on openings for beginners? I'm looking for one that provides good explanations for the moves. Thanks.>

Ask at this forum -
User: ChessBookForum.

Generally comments under games should be relevant to that game and the players.

Nov-23-13  Nicocobas: <perfidious> and <Boomie> Thanks!
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  offramp: Capablanca said that he never had a lost position in this match.

After 16...Nbd5 it's a position similar to one of DeGroot's computer/GM comparison positions (as mentioned earlier in this thread):

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Lasker played 17.Bxd5 which <here> is probably a mistake.

That original chess thinker and Stephen Hawking lookalike Gyula Breyer analysed a good alternative: 17.Bxf6. I don't know where to find Breyer's analysis but it may have continued like this:

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Firstly, 17...Nxf6 seems to lose straight away to 18.Ng6. So black should play 18...Bxf6.

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Now 18.Bxd5 exd5 19.Qf5

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... with 2 threats: 20.Nxd5 and 20.Ng4.
Black deals with the first threat by 19...Bc6 and white plays the other one, 20.Ng4

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Black's best move here is probably 20...Bg5!
White plays 21.f4, and black would then have to find 21....g6!

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If white now plays 22.Nf6+ Bxf6 23.Qxf6 then 23...Rce8 looks drawish.

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It is easy to see that in practice black might have gone wrong. But Capablanca seems to have been right; rather like Carlsen in 2013, he never had a lost position during the match.

Nov-24-13  RedShield: <That original chess thinker and Stephen Hawking lookalike Gyula Breyer analysed a good alternative: 17.Bxf6. I don't know where to find Breyer's analysis but it may have continued like this:

Firstly, 17...Nxf6 seems to lose straight away to 18.Ng6. So black should play 18...Bxf6.

Now 18.Bxd5 exd5 19.Qf5>

According to <Calli> on page 1, Breyer's main line was indeed <17.Bxf6 Bxf6! 18. Bxd5 exd5 19. Qf5>, but according to Cecil Purdy, in an article, <The Steinitz-Lasker "Law" Exploded> (reprinted in the compilation, <The Search For Chess Perfection>), Breyer preferred 19.Ng4 with the line 19...Bg5 20.f4 Bxf4 21.Qf5 Bc7 22.Nxd5 Kh8 23.Nxh6 gxh6 24.Nf6 and wins. Purdy notes: <Breyer did not analyze 21...Bg5 22.Qxd5 a6 23.Qxb7 Qb4; however after 24.Nxb5 axb5 25.Re2 Black has a pawn - and virtually no compensation.>, which, frankly, I can't make sense of, but Purdy thinks White is winning.

Suffice to say that both Breyer and Purdy's analysis is shown by the computer to be incorrect; Black has equality after 19.Ng4 Bg5 20.f4 Bxf4 21.Qf5 Bg5.

The Steinitz-Lasker 'law' that Purdy's article is disputing is, apparently, <No combination without a considerable plus, no considerable plus without a combination.>, but where Lasker (basing himself on Steinitz) wrote of this isn't revealed.

Dec-11-14  yurikvelo: D=30
1. (0.37): 17.Bxf6 Bxf6 18.Bxd5 exd5 19.Qf5 Bxe5

2. = (0.00): 17.Rc1 Rc7 18.Bxf6 Nxf6 19.Re3 Bc6

3. = (-0.14): 17.Qb1 Rxc3 18.Bxd5 Rc7 19.Bf3 Rd8

4. = (-0.18): 17.Bxd5 Nxd5 18.Bxe7 Nxe7 19.Qe4 Bc6

5. = (-0.24): 17.h3 Nxc3 18.bxc3 Rxc3 19.Qb1 Qb4

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