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Edwin Weiss vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Simul, 30b (1911) (exhibition), Hamburg GER, Sep-26
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1-0


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  Calli: I think he did alternate colors in some events. Played half of the boards with black. I have 7 or 8 games from Germany in 1911 and he has black in all of the them. Usually they only find draws or losses that were saved. So it makes sense that the amateurs with white pieces scored a little better.
Feb-19-04  capanegra: Here´s the shortest game lost by Capa I’ve ever seen. It was also a simul, played in Brooklin in 1924, against a man called Kevic. It figures in Dimitrie Bjelica’s book “José Raúl Capablanca”, and I suggest <> to insert in the database because it is an interesting miniature, in spite of the pain that we may suffer to see Capa losing so suddenly:

1.b4 d5 2.Bb2 Bf5 3.e3 e6 4.f4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bxb4 6.Nc3 Nbd7 7.Ne2 Ng4 8.c3 Be7 9.h3 Nc5 10.Ng3 Bh4 11.NxBh4 QxNh4 12.Qf3 Nxe3 13.Qf2 NxBf1 (0-1)

Feb-20-04  drukenknight: Really playing black in a simul, what chutzpah!

Anyhow this is a nice game in the French because it is so typical of real chess, white has an attack on one side but that Q/B battery are coming down on the other.

If you look at blacks 17th white doesnt quite have a mate, it looks like he will be forced to accept a N for the R. if so then maybe 17...BxN?

Feb-20-04  ughaibu: White has a mate in 3.
Feb-20-04  drukenknight: oh good call. w/ the Qf6 huh? So 17...Be7?
Feb-20-04  ughaibu: Still mate in 3.
Feb-20-04  drukenknight: I give up, where is the messed up move?
Feb-20-04  ughaibu: Maybe 11....c4 instead he could exchange and play Nc6 and quickly bring his rook to c8. Maybe we can conjecture that "c4" was a hard wired psychological block with Capablanca? Famous Botvinnik game for back-up.
Feb-20-04  Benjamin Lau: Does ...c4 mean that Capablanca prefers spatial advantage to pawn structure flexibility?
Feb-20-04  drukenknight: I have no idea, is 13...Qa4 really the blunder? gee..
Feb-20-04  ughaibu: In this case it's a very strange move for reputedly the most talented player ever with instant sight of the board and infallible judgement. Capturing on f3 looks pretty hare-brained to start with but add the subsequent play and it really looks like it was white conducting the simul.
Feb-20-04  drukenknight: what about 11...c4? You know I love to play that move in order to hit the B, but it has often backfired on me. More times than I admit. One thing Ilearned is not to hit that B w/ c4 unless he is forced to move along d4/e5 diagonal.

Notice in this game the B was able to retreat back, oftentimes there is a N or something on e2; that's what I look for.

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  Calli: These guys played thousands of games. There wasn't a whole lot of prize money in chess and that's how they made their living. I seem to recall that Capa's winning percentage was well over 90%. Consider that the GMs often would concede a draw or even lose to the club president or some venerable altmeister. Just for business purposes, it was always good to allow a few draws or wins just to be invited back. Of course, those draws and losses are usually the only ones that were saved and published in the local papers.
Feb-20-04  ughaibu: I thought Capablanca was on a government stipend?
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  Calli: Not in 1911. His appointment as a kind of ambassador at large came late in 1912. The result was his 1913 tour of Europe and all of the 2 game matches against the best players. It was intended as publicity for Cuba.
Feb-20-04  ughaibu: I see, thanks. Was his family well off?
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  Calli: Middle class, his father was in the army. IIRC, there were nine kids, so not much of an inheritance.
Feb-20-04  ughaibu: Thanks. I guess the whole story of exchange rates and international travel at the time is difficult to relate to.
Dec-02-04  Knight13: Maybe Capablanca didn't see the move Rxg7+.
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  chancho: Pretty obvious that 19...Rg8 fails due to 20 Qxf6+ or 20 Bg7+
Apr-16-06  MorphyMatt: Capablanca vs Kevitz, 1924 13 moves!
Apr-16-06  MorphyMatt: Capablanca vs M Bain, 1933 11 moves!!
Feb-13-07  notyetagm: Wow, beating Capablanca with a -thunderous- Rxg7 sacrifice, 14 ♖xg7+!!.
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  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition Hamburg, Germany on September 26, 1911.

Capablanca scored +27=1-2.

Dec-16-17  WhiteRook48: Wow, it's not too often you see Capablanca on the receiving end of a kingside beatdown like this one.
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