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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Sergei Prokofiev
"A-Major Upset" (game of the day Jan-24-10)
Tournament (1914)  ·  Queen Pawn Game: Symmetrical Variation (D02)  ·  0-1
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Jan-24-10
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  kellmano: One further thing, though. The 'trap' Prokofiev used on game two is awful. No-one has ever played the third move:

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and if white is really as worried about 4.....Nb4 he could play 4. a3. Or he could play any old move and then meet 4.....Nb4 with Qa4+.

What's going on here?

Jan-24-10  donehung: If you showed me this game and said, guess which former world champion played the white side of this game? I would have named a few twice before sayin capablanca. Up a lil late with cheap booze and women no doubt.
Jan-24-10
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  Peligroso Patzer: What were the historical context and circumstances of this game?

(I know that Sergei Prokofiev was not one of the five finalists - the original "grandmasters" - at the main St. Petersburg 1914 tournament, and I am pretty sure he was not one of the eleven competitors in the preliminary stage either.)

Jan-24-10
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  Peligroso Patzer: Checking back on the earlier kibitzing (on page 1), I see comments to the effect that this game was played in a simul (as recorded, not surprisingly, in Prokofiev's diary), not in any "tournament" as currently reflected in the caption.
Jan-24-10  laskereshevsky: Prokofiev wrote about this simul-game: <Budarina...was on my right; on my left, Iakhontov,....> But I strongly suspect that Proko missed to say something else, for obviously reasons...

Besides the two friends at his wings, just back his shoulder one ( or more ) beautyfull Russian lady (ies) were standing, and staring, to the game and/or to the cuban Player...

For shore She/They were baroness or dukesses, or Duke's/Baron's lovers, In the 1914's zarist Russian both categories were plently represented....

Only so its understandable the "hyeratic" way of play by Jose Raul!

My immaginary scenario is not so unprobable, I know of already TWO situations when Capa was oversighted by Ladyes presences....

(In any case, GO CAPA! ...And If your "'daily" lady have a nice girl-friend or an sexy sister, Fell free to call me. IM WITH U!)

...One was againstz Saemisch, where he lost a piece, (and the game) for nothingh in the opening, in Karlsbad 1929 as the player and Capa's friend Esteban Canal reported in a Book.

The second was against a young Najdorf, the same Poland/Argentin player wrote about this, when He in a terribil time late with a cramp position was able to draw a lost game...

P.S.: I heaven heard rumors that Capa, before his famous lose Against Lasker in Pietroburg 1914, Passed the whole night in sweet-company with the Archduke's favourite lover, in Her Grand hotel's 8-rooms suite....

Jan-24-10  M.D. Wilson: Wow, what a great game! I think Prokofiev was friends with Smyslov (who could have been a professional singer) and Botvinnik.
Jan-24-10
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  RandomVisitor: 18...Ne5! 19.Qc5+ Qe7
Jan-24-10
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  RandomVisitor: 15.Bb5
Jan-24-10
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  RandomVisitor: 16.Qxf3 hxg4 17.Qxg4
Jan-24-10
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  RandomVisitor: 24.Rhe1
Jan-24-10  weisyschwarz: He scores a great victory. Nice pun.
Jan-24-10  WhiteRook48: there must have been a pretty lady in the room...
Jan-24-10  M.D. Wilson: Yes, Capa's greatest weakness...
Jan-25-10  ughaibu: I guess that's why he liked the endgame, no women on the board to distract him.
Jan-25-10  FHBradley: That would explain his prowess in queenless endgames. Now, it would be of great interest to know whether he performed significantly less well in endgames with one or more queens still on the board. In general, one would expect a correlation with the number of Queens.
Jan-25-10  ughaibu: Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927
Jan-25-10  FHBradley: <ughaibu:> Now, that's a very excellent example.
Jan-25-10  zb2cr: I liked the link to Prokofiev's diary on the first page of kibitzing.
Jan-25-10
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  kevin86: I can't believe it! The great champion beaten by a composer. It would be like MAN O WAR being beat by UPSET-lol.
Jan-25-10  weisyschwarz: A pretty lady in the room in 1914 St. Petersburg Russia? Well, anything is possible.
Jan-26-10  ughaibu: I dont know how prettyy one had to be to beat Capablanca: http://files.chess.com/albums/batgi... It seems like women, in any case, reduced him to a jelly of nerves: Capablanca vs M Bain, 1933 How did a guy whose reaction to women is that of a fifteen year old virgin get the reputation of a Don Juan?
Feb-05-10  M.D. Wilson: Prokofiev could have been a professional chess player. Capa, acccording to Mrs Olga Capablanca, could have been a doctor or a musician.
May-25-12
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  scormus: Is this what was playing in the backround?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH0m...

Simul or not. Lady or not. Music playing or not. This was quite a decent performance from Sergei

May-25-12  LoveThatJoker: GG

LTJ

Feb-18-14
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  lost in space: LHMWMP

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