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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Charles Jaffe
American National (1913), New York, NY USA, rd 11, Feb-02
Four Knights Game: Nimzowitsch (Paulsen) (C49)  ·  0-1


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Feb-17-04  Whitehat1963: Where does Capa go wrong here?
Feb-17-04  Cerebrate2006: by playing 1. e4?? capa screws up...but that is probably arguable. I think he just gave up too many pawns on the kingside and realized that it was black who was going to gain control of the g file too late.
Feb-17-04  Resignation Trap: <Where does Capa go wrong here?> As a start 10. Qe3. Why? His Bishop on c1 stays home until move 28.

20. h4? Not a bad idea, but played prematurely. 20. Rh1 and 21. Nhf1 should be played first.

29. Qxf4? White can't save the game after this. Clearly Capa was out of form today.

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  beenthere240: Looks to me like he was playing on autopilot and that he expected Jaffe to fold after Qh6.
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  sfm: Capa misses the smart 29.-,Nh3 which wins for Black. The strong-looking 28.Bb2 is probably a mistake, as things suddenly looks nasty after -,Rg8. After the simple 28.Bxf4 White has a better position.
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  Phony Benoni: Going into this round 11 game, Capablanca had started the tournament 10-0. Marshall was two points behind at 8.0, Jaffe (who had been keeping close till the last couple of rounds) had 7.5.

Capablanca still had Jaffe, Chajes and Marshall to play--three good opponents, but he may well have been feeling a bit overconfident. As it happened, he drew with Chajes next, and was only 1/2-point up on Marshall going into the final round. With White, Capablanca adopted the Exchange French (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5), and the players agreed to a quick draw giving Capablanca the tournament.

Capablanca would get another chance for perfection a few months later at the Rice Chess Club tournament, and would put that one away.

Jan-31-18  RookFile: Capa lost so very few times with white. Quite an accomplishment for Jaffe.
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