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|May-19-10|| ||TheBish: Pulvermacher vs Capablanca, 1907|
Black to play (9...?) "Medium/Easy"
Black (Capa) is down a pawn, but his pieces are better developed.
9...Nxe5! leaves White with some choices, all bad:
A) 10. dxe5 Nxe4!! is an amazing tactic, where both Black's queen and knight are hanging, but neither can be taken! Black threatens both 11...Bf2# and 11...Qxg5 12. Qxe4 Qc1#. If 11. Bxd8 Bf2#, or 11. Qxe4 Qd1#. Since 11. Be2 fails to 11...Qxg5 12. Qxe4 (or 12. Bxg4 Qxg4 13. Nd2? Bf2+ 14. Kf1 Nxd2+ 15. Kxf2 Qxa4) Qc1+ 13. Bd1 Qxd1#, White can resign this!
B) 10. dxc5 Nd3+ 11. Bxd3 (or 11. Kd2 Nxc5+ 12. Qd4 Nfxe4+ 13. Kc2 Qxg5 14. h3 Rad8 is crushing) Qxd3 12. Kf2 Qe2+ 13. Kg3 Nh5+ 14. Kh4 Qxg2 15. Be7 Qh3+ 16. Kg5 h6#.
C) 10. Bxf6 Qxf6 and now:
C1) 11. dxc5 (not 11. dxe5? Qf2#) Qf4! 12. Qd4 Rad8 wins the queen or mates.
C2) 11. Qc2 Qf4! and now White gets mated after either 12. dxe5 Bf2+! 13. Qxf2 Qc1# or 12. dxc5 Qe3+ 13. Be2 Bxe2 14. Qxe2 Nd3+ 15. Kf1 Qc1+ 16. Qf1 Qxf1#.
|May-19-10|| ||tratra: Black to play
Pulvermacher vs Capablanca
10. dxe5 or 10. dxc5 all lose since:
a. 10. dxe5 Nxe4 threatening mate on f2 and capturing the Bishop on g5 or h4. If 11. Qxe4 Qd1#.
b. 10. dxc5 Nd3+ 11. Kd2 Nxc5+ and White's queen falls.
time to check!
|May-20-10|| ||njchess: Although I got 9. ... Nxe5 fairly quickly, White's reply was less obvious. His pawn cannot afford to recapture or else the game is over pretty quickly.|
However, going down material to Capablanca with your pieces so uncoordinated is also a recipe for disaster. Consequently, Capa could afford to sac his queen since his other pieces are so well developed to take advantage of his opponent's exposed king.
|May-20-10|| ||kevin86: After the exchange of calvalry,black sacs the queen. If the queen is taken,the minor piece mates;if the knight is taken,the queen mates.|
|May-20-10|| ||fab4: Would just have loved to have been there to witness the look on Al's face... |
All this Rybka stuff ect... leave it. you're missing the point. Missing the big picture.
|May-30-11|| ||Eduardo Leon: Ironically, Pulvermacher means "powder maker" in German.|
|May-30-11|| ||Paraconti: There'a guy with the same name who's convinced he's the Pope.|
|May-30-11|| ||Morten: Trying on the King's Gambit against Capa. That is like trying to walk on water.|
|May-30-11|| ||Shams: <Eduardo Leon: Ironically, Pulvermacher means "powder maker" in German.>|
In English we take powders, in Germany I guess they make them. Interesting.
|May-30-11|| ||al wazir: 11. Be2 Qxg5 12. Bxg4 Qxg4 13. Nd2 Nf2.|
|May-30-11|| ||Shams: <aw> Your line is good but simply 12...Qxg4 as 13.Nd2?? Bf2+ ups the harvest to a queen.|
|May-30-11|| ||ossipossi: It is like from <2...Bc5> everything is already in Capa's mind. Flawless, as usual, like a crystal.|
|May-30-11|| ||ughaibu: What's the story if white plays 9.Nd7?|
|May-30-11|| ||Garech: Honestly, I find it hard to believe that this is Capablanca playing. I thought perhaps it was from early in his career, and though he was only a teenager when this game was played, there are a remarkable amount of blunders and inaccurate, tactical play that isn't like his style at all. Firstly, of course, there's dropping a pawn in the opening. But also, what is black doing after 9.Nxg4? E.g. ...Nxg4 and now 10.Qd1! Appears to keep white ahead:|
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Despite the lagging development, black has no attack and white will remain a piece up. Something that looked good initially after
9.Nxg4 Nxg4 was 10.dxc5!? but quite incredibly black is able to gain an advantage here with Nxc5! and best play is ostensbily 11.Qd4 Re8! giving up a third peice for a winning attack: 12.Qxc5 Rxe4+! 13.Be2 Qh4+ 14.g3 Qh3:
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Threatening both Qg2 and Rae8 looks very strong for black.
|May-30-11|| ||Lil Swine: im surprised by how short this game is. if only Nigel Short played this game, then the length would have some comedy|
|May-30-11|| ||al wazir: <Shams: 13.Nd2?? Bf2+ ups the harvest to a queen.> You're right. Thanks. |
White is really, really busted.
|May-30-11|| ||scormus: Strange game.
<Garech> After 9 Nxg4 Nxg4 10 Qd1 I'm not sure if B has a resource in ... Nde5. OK 2 pieces attacked, so may as well 3.
On a quick look I think 11 dxe5 or dxc5 nets B an edge after 11 ... Qxd2 12 Kxd1 Nf2+ but its hardly vintage Capa.
But its more tricky after 11 Bd2. Best I can find is 11 ... Qh4+ 12 g3 Qh3 and there are certainly ways W can go wrong. But surely all W has to do is keep his nerve and he comes out a piece ahead. Doesnt he?
|May-30-11|| ||janatoli2: I believe that 9. Bg5 loses the game and 10. dxe5 is also a weak one. 9.Nxg4 seems indeed critical to me as for <Garech> (BTW a casual or prearranged game of Capa? - in 1907 he was already damned strong) and <scormus> but I would propose to play 10.Be2 afterwards to develop a piece, prepare to castle and to keep an eye on blacks Nd7 (to bind blacks queen). Bf4 could be an important move prior to castling to control the squares e5 and h2. The strong pawn center and extra pawn should win for white then. Means also, white should not take the piece on c5 too early.|
|May-30-11|| ||scormus: <janatoli2> thnks for the correction, I meant 10. Be2 (My chessboard dyslexia again). I looked some more and was sure W was clearly better then.|
I can easily imagine this was an offhand game, Capa giving up an early pawn for speculative attacking chances
|May-30-11|| ||Chessmensch: Play with white or black. Both powders will kill you.|
|May-30-11|| ||mojonera: pulverizado albert .|
|May-30-11|| ||Wayne Power: What's wrong with 8 Nxd7 for white?
If 8 ... Bxd7 9 Qc4 and with d3 to follow
|May-30-11|| ||hudgreen: ouch!|
|May-31-11|| ||kevin86: black will mate-soonest...|
|Jun-03-11|| ||ossipossi: Naaah!... if <10.Be2> follows <10...Re8>. I don't think Capablanca cared pawns in a King's gambit against Mr. Pulvermacher. Every Capa's piece is poisoned... Obviously There was not Lasker or Alechin (or Fritz) in front of him.|
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