Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

There is a clue unsolved right now on the Holiday Contest Clues Page!   [Official Contest Rules]
Please see this announcement for some updates.
(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Jose Raul Capablanca vs Enrique Corzo
Havana casual (1901), Havana CUB, Oct-20
Latvian Gambit: Fraser Defense (C40)  ·  0-1


explore this opening
find similar games 6 more Capablanca/E Corzo games
sac: 6...Rg8 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: To flip the board (so black is on the bottom) press the "I" key on your keyboard.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: The Capablanca-Corzo match, played Nov 17 to Dec 18 in 1901 was not for the championship of Cuba. Naturally, the excitement in Havana built during the match. The crowds flocking to see "the new Morphy". The confusion, I think, is due to Capablanca's comment in My Chess Career that "the victory made me, morally at least, the champion of Cuba." He obviously meant to convey his elation that he had at age 13, but the statement has been misquoted ever since.

A few months later, Juan Corzo won the Cuban Championship. Capablanca finished fourth out six players and lost both games to Corzo.

Jan-30-04  Whitehat1963: <Calli> Thanks for the clarification. Where did you get the info?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: <Whitehat1963> "The Unknown Capablanca" has most of this info.
Premium Chessgames Member
  InspiredByMorphy: I dont think Capablanca played so bad, Corzo just played better.
Mar-24-04  drukenknight: I agree, but I think 15 Be2 is a clunker. Couldnt he have just defended that spot "as space" w/ 15 Kd2?
Premium Chessgames Member
  InspiredByMorphy: The game might have been saved by Capa here.
9. Be2 Nd4
10. Nxh7 Nxh7
11. Qxh7 Rxe2+
12. Kd1 Qf6
13. Nc3 Re5
14. Nd5 Rxd5
15. Qg8+ Ke7
16. Qxd5
and white is up the exchange with a safer king.
Mar-25-04  ughaibu: Black can also reply to 9.Be2 with Qe7 eg 10.Nc3 Re2 11.Ne2 Nd4 12.00 Ne2 13.Kh1 Qf8.
Premium Chessgames Member
  InspiredByMorphy: Blacks position is so strong 12.Nc3 doesen't help.

12. Nc3 d5
13. Qf3 Nd4
14. Qg3 Nf5
15. Qf3 Ne5
16. Rg1 Kh8

and black will soon have a queen, rook, bishop, and knight to whites two rooks, and two bishops.

Premium Chessgames Member
  InspiredByMorphy: <ughaibu> White can then reply with

14. Qe3+ Qe7
15. Qxe7+ Kxe7
16. Re1 d6
17. Rxe2+
and is up the exchange.

Mar-25-04  ughaibu: Okay, how about if black takes the bishop before taking the knight?
Premium Chessgames Member
  InspiredByMorphy: I think this is what you meant. You didnt leave any move numbers for reference. 11. Nxe2 Qxf8
12. Qxf8+ Kxf8
black is down the exchange.
Mar-25-04  ughaibu: Sorry, I meant the c1-bishop: 13....Nc1 14.Rac1 Qf8
Premium Chessgames Member
  InspiredByMorphy: 15. Rfe1+ Kf7
16. Qf4 Qc5
17. d4
white is up a pawn with a safe king.
Premium Chessgames Member
  InspiredByMorphy: <ughaibu> Nice game collection!
Premium Chessgames Member
  InspiredByMorphy: your bookmarked games look interesting.
Mar-27-04  ArturoRivera: What the heck, i dint knew that both, enrique and Juan were chess players in the corzo family
May-16-07  jellyace: <drukenknight> 15. ♔d2 ♕g5+ 16. ♔c3 d4+ 17. ♔b3 ♕b5+ and mate next move.
Sep-18-07  ScubaSig: Hey folks, I found this website looking for chess info on-line and I thought I would clear up a mistake here. In Cuba there was an Juan Corzo and an Enrique Corzo both amazing chess players but not brothers, As a matter of fact, I played against Enrique many many times throughout my childhood and always lost, he was my grandfather.
Apr-21-13  Karpova: From C.N. 8047

According to Capablanca's own scoresheet, the following moves were played:

<11...Kg7> (instead of 11...Kg8)

<26.Rae1> (instead of 26.Rad1)


Jun-13-13  Crystal2013: move n. 12: why not f3 or Bd3, istead of d3?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sastre: <Crystal2013: move n. 12: why not f3 or Bd3, istead of d3?>

12.f3 Nf2#.

12.Bd3 d5 13.Qf3 Nxf2+ 14.Qxf2 Bg4+ 15.Qf3 (15.Be2 Rxe2) Bxf3+ wins.

Jun-14-13  Crystal2013: <Sastre: <Crystal2013: move n. 12: why not f3 or Bd3, istead of d3?> 12.f3 Nf2#.

12.Bd3 d5 13.Qf3 Nxf2+ 14.Qxf2 Bg4+ 15.Qf3 (15.Be2 Rxe2) Bxf3+ wins.>

Thanks a lot... i didn't see mate on f3, and i didn't see what a wonderful combination there's behind 12. Bd3... thanks a lot, again...

Dec-26-14  GoldenBird: Amateur question here, can black play 10...Nxf2+? It doesn't seem tactically vulnerable please enlighten me chess masters
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <GoldenBird>--Black is in check.
Dec-27-14  GoldenBird: Gregor Samsa Mendel, thank you, didn't see that.
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
A big win with the Latvian.
from Latvian gambit victories by brucemubayiwa
by mikelmm
Fraser Defense 3.Ne5 Nc6 4.Qh5
from C40 Latvian Gambit IV by listen50s
Favorite Gambits
by GoldenBird
emililhop's favorite games
by emililhop
sumant 9's favorite games
by sumant 9
A big win with the Latvian.
from Latvian gambit victories by InspiredByMorphy

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC