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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Emanuel Lasker
St. Petersburg (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 5, Apr-28
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Symmetrical Variation (C49)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Nov-12-04  Bobak Zahmat: Very complicated game, with much stuff to think about.
Nov-12-05  tud: This game obsessed me for a while. Capablanca was already stronger than Lasker (my opinion). Is 40 Ba7 a stronger move ?
Nov-12-05  Averageguy: <tud> I don't think so, after 40.Bxa7 bc the Bishop has to defend c1 with 41.Be3. After 41...c2 the game looks drawn. If the Bishop moves of the c1-h6 diagonal then the Black Bishop Pawn will promote. If White tries to get the King over then he abandons his K-side Pawns and Nf6 will pick them off.
Nov-14-05  JYMMI: JYMMI: GOD! THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE!CAPABLANCA HAD THE WIN ON HIS HANDS WITH 22_Rh1 BUT WITH A MAGIC LASKER DRAWS THE GAME! AH! I THINK IT WAS BETTER TO PLAY 42_Bg5+ SO 42... Ng5+ 43_ Ke3(no possibities of check on the next move) and if 43... Kf6 capablanca plays 44_a5 Kg6 45_b5 and if 45... axb5 capablanca can play 46_a6!
Nov-14-05  Stevens: STOP SHOUTING!!
Apr-29-08  pikket: "I THINK IT WAS BETTER TO PLAY 42_Bg5+ SO 42... Ng5+ 43_ Ke3(no possibities of check on the next move) and if 43... Kf6 capablanca plays 44_a5 Kg6 45_b5 and if 45... axb5 capablanca can play 46_a6!"

But if simply 43...Kd7 then Blk has time to stop a/b pawn with his king and his knight can keep the white king out. I think 42. Bg5+ just loses.

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  GrahamClayton: Here is a photo of the game:

Aug-04-13  malufet: 23) Bc4! is much more better than Bxc6
Jul-29-14  RookFile: I'm not sure. Tricky position. White hits the rook on g8, so black moves it somewhere, let's say 23.... Rd8. If I were black, I would consider a plan of trying to play ...Qg7 and ...Ne7 at some point. It hits the white queen, maybe at some point you can drop that knight into f4. I guess that Capa reasoned it would be good to get rid of that knight in a closed position.
Jul-29-14  john barleycorn: Tarrasch in "Das Grossmeisterturnier zu St. Petersburg 1914" (my translation of some points):


Now defense gets difficult. The symmetrical Bg4 is dubious, Ne7 is refuted;Qe7 with Nd8 is artificial. Lasker, seemingly unprepared in this often played opening, chooses a defense, which I used in Vienna 1898 against Janowski. Janowski vs Tarrasch, 1898
Janowski won brilliantly; however, he conducted the attack more resolute than Capablanca.


Completely wrong. The move may be made after the doubling of the rooks or the tripling of the heavy pieces on the h-file.


Lasker finds fault with Capablanca's play. Capablanca exchanges one bishop and is clueless what to do with the other and he conducts an attack with 2 pieces, queen and rook, against 4 pieces queen, rook, knight and king! He had to bring Bb5 into the game via d7 after d4-d5 and bring Bg3 to c3. Then push the f and g pawn and attack.

It seems that deep, broad plans are not the cuban's strength. He knows how to combine but not how to compose.

Jul-30-14  RookFile: Lasker's 41... Ke7 was very important. If the king was not close enough, the pawn sacrifice 43. a5 would have won for white.
Feb-12-17  edubueno: Primer encuentro Capablanca vs Lasker en partida seria. Capa jugó tranquilamente la apertura y no sacó un granito de ventaja frente al gran estilo de Emanuel Lasker que venía agrandado por ganar previamente a Rubinstein.
Apr-15-17  chessgame901: [Event "St Petersburg"]
[Site "St. Petersburg RUS"]
[Date "1914.04.28"]
[EventDate "1914.04.21"]
[Round "5"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[White "Jose Raul Capablanca"]
[Black "Emanuel Lasker"]
[ECO "C49"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "98"] the informations
Sep-26-19  Straclonoor: <23) Bc4! is much more better than Bxc6> Of course!

Analysis by Stockfish 260819 64 POPCNT:

+- (3.58): 23.Bc4 Rg7 24.Bd5 Qd8 25.Ke2 exd4 26.Be1 Qf8 27.Bb3 Ne7 28.Qe6 d5 29.cxd4 c6 30.Bb4 Qf7 31.Qd6 Ng6 32.exd5 cxd5 33.Kf2 Qd7 34.Qxd5 Qxd5 35.Bxd5 Rd7 36.Be4 Kg7 37.Ke3 Nhf8 38.c4 Kf7 39.g3 Ne7 40.d5 f5 41.Bc2 b5 42.Bb3 bxc4 43.Bxc4 f4+ 44.gxf4 Nf5+ 45.Kd3

I think advantage in final position of analysis enough for win for player like Capablanca.

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