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

(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Jose Raul Capablanca vs Benito Higinio Villegas
"Don't Cry For Me Argentina" (game of the day Aug-19-2014)
Exhibition Game (1914), Buenos Aires ARG, Aug-19
Queen Pawn Game: Colle System (D04)  ·  1-0


Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 64 times; par: 64 [what's this?]

NOTE: You are using our new chess viewer, "Olga." For more info see the Olga Quickstart Guide. You can switch back to the old viewer (pgn4web) from the pulldown menu below. If you have questions or suggestions see our Olga chessforum.

explore this opening
find similar games 2 more Capablanca/B H Villegas games
sac: 33.Qxd6 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Premium members can see a list of all games that they have seen recently at their Game History Page.

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 5 OF 5 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Premium Chessgames Member
  Castleinthesky: Does it take a Villegas or did Villegas get taken?
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: Beautiful queen sac by Capa-like Jason Voorhees,the queen will come back next move.
Feb-06-14  Howard: This game, it turns out, is also in Chernev's Logical Chess Move by Move. I'd thought it looked familiar.
Premium Chessgames Member
  playground player: <"Never get involved in a land war in Asia"> was originally <"Never get involved in an endgame against Capablanca.">

Someone with better skills than mine is sure to post the applicable clip from <The Princess Bride>--"And never go up against a Sicilian, when death is on the line! Hahahahaha--" (clunk)

Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: << playground player: <"Never get involved in a land war in Asia"> was originally <"Never get involved in an endgame against Capablanca."> Someone with better skills than mine is sure to post the applicable clip from <The Princess ...>>

Not very useful advice. If your opponent wants to play an ending, the only way to avoid it is to checkmate him or have him checkmate you before the endgame arrives. Since getting mated is at least as bad as playing an ending, what that advice boils down to is "checkmate Capablanca." Thanks, very helpful.

I remember reading people advise Anand to avoid endgames in the match against Carlsen. Uh, how? He managed it in game 9, but I don't think that's what they meant.

Feb-06-14  YourTeddyBear: WhiteRook48, actually after dxe3 Nxf6+ Kh8 white plays Rh4! exf2 Rxf2 and now h6 is the only defense against checkmate on h7, but that runs into Rxh6+ gxh6 Ne8+ when white will have a tecnically won endgame with two pièces for the rook and a nice queenside majority.
Feb-06-14  MaxPain: why not 18. black pawn kills white queen?
Premium Chessgames Member
  RandomVisitor: <MaxPain>18...dxc3 19.Nxf6+ Kh8 (19...gxf6 20.Rg4+ leads to mate) 20.Rh4 h6 21.Rxh6+ gxh6 22.Ne8+ wins the queen back
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <MaxPain> If <18...dxe3>:

click for larger view

White plays <19.Nxf6+>. If Black takes the knight he gets mated after 19...gxf6 20.Rg4+ Kh8 21.Bxf6#, so he must play <19...Kh8> and White replies <20.Rh4>:

click for larger view

Now White threatens 21.Rxh7#. If Black takes the knight, he gets mated in reverse order from the previous line: 20...gxf6 21.Bxf6+ Kg8 22.Rg4#. Aside from a couple of useless checks, Black can stop the mate only by <20...h6>:

click for larger view

And White plays <21.Rxh6+ gxh6 22.Nd5+>, winning the queen back and remaining with the material advantage of two minor pieces for a rook.

Black was good enough to see this, and went into the game line where White ended up with only a positional advantage. Which was the point of hte whole shebang. Let's go back to where this all began, after <18...cxd4>:

click for larger view

If White plays the natural line 19.Bxd4 Nxe5 20.Bxe5 Bxe5 21.Rxe5 Rfd8, Black has control of the d-file. With Capablanca's continuation, White controls the d-file.

So a combination most of us would thrill our grandchildren with was conceived and executed for nothing more than to win control of a file. It's almost wasteful.

Feb-06-14  yiotta: <Phony Benoni>Nice observation. Such brilliance for such a small positional advantage, it IS almost wasteful!
Feb-07-14  MaxPain: thanks Benoni
Aug-19-14  waustad: When looking at Benito Higinio Villegas it claims that there are 42 games but it won't let me look at any after game 25. I haven't run into this problem here before. Any suggestions?
Aug-19-14  Mr. V: <Waustad> Hi friend, I had the same problem all day. I think the website is acting up. I can't scroll beyond the first page of any game list.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: 33.? Could make a good Monday/Tuesday problem.

On an unrelated note, good choice for GOTD, as this game apparently was played exactly 100 years ago. :)

Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <Benito Muscled Out - oh!>
Premium Chessgames Member
  Castleinthesky: It seems (without computers) that 26..Kf8 was a questionable move and perhaps h6 earlier, creating luft earlier would have been better. After the move Capa is able to take over the game with pawn advancement.
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: White his a rook and pawn for the queen...but that will soon be changed:

Classic win by capa.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: Champagne chess. Capa makes it look so easy.

The move I'm geeking about is the sly 28. Qe4

click for larger view

The black c5 pawn isn't going anywhere, so Capa doesn't rush to recapture it. Meanwhile his queen spreads its influence on both sides of the board.

Fritzie doesn't get too interested until black makes his fatal 31... Rd6 mistake. But what does he know, eh?

Excellent analysis by Phony, BTW.

Premium Chessgames Member
  caracas1970: nice analysis
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: Did this game have a previous pun? (perhaps "It takes a Villagas")
Aug-19-14  Francio: The pun it's the english translation for "No llores por mí Argentina",a song from the argentine group Serú Girán.
Aug-19-14  Funicular: @Francio Actually it's originally from the musical piece of Evita. Serú Girán then released a live album with that title, including the same name for the first song. But it was years after ALW's musical.

Rd6 loses on the spot. The question is, could black've done any better to hold the position? And if so, would capa eventually have overrun him anyway? I guess YES to both. It's hard to prevent white from queen sac into promoting.

Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Hooper and Brandreth in <The Unknown Capablanca> end this game at move 33.Qxe5+ Kf8 33.Qxd6+ 1-0.

This game was one of ten exhibition games Capablanca played on his 2nd South American Tour.

This game was played in Buenos Aires on August 19, 1914.

Premium Chessgames Member
  vrkfouri: Hey guys, Black could save this game:

22... a5 !

1-) 23. b4 Rac8 24.c5 Rxd4 25.Qxd4 g6 26. c6 bxc6 27. b6 Qb7 28.Qc5 Rb8

23. a3 is a good idea , instead b4.

White is better, of course.But i think black is safe

Jun-14-17  beatgiant: <vrkfouri>
I think Capa would reply <23. Qd2> Rxd4 24. Qxd4 to control the d-file.
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 5)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 5 OF 5 ·  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 game is type: EXHIBITION (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
Colle System / QGD (D04) 1-0 Deflection Q sac unblocks passer
from Fredthebear's Pawn Mowers & Trimmers by fredthebear
queen sac twice
from Capablanca by old coot
Opening: Queen's Gambit Declined (1.d4) Game 30
from Books by Sergio0106
Some remarkable tactics on display here.
from Capablanca by Gregor Samsa Mendel
Game 30: "Logical Chess: Move by Move" by Irving Chernev
from Logical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev by balasana128
Colle System / QGD (D04) 1-0 Deflection Q sac unblocks passer
from Zuke/Rubinstein b3, Bb2 Boosted Fredthebear by fredthebear
32. Qe5! -- an instructive type of move to be aware of.
from Promotion Tactics by YouRang
33 QxRd6! since Black c7-queen must blockade White c6-pawn
Game 30: "Logical Chess: Move by Move" by Irving Chernev
from Logical Chess: Move by Move by Chernev(Inflated) by fredthebear
32.? [without Pe6] (No. 33)
from Chess Quiz Compiled by Phony Benoni by fredthebear
Capablanca's Best Chess Endings
by refutor
Capa queen sac-a classic
from magic endings by kevin86
Colle System / QGD (D04) 1-0 Deflection Q sac unblocks passer
from 1900s Grandmasters Annointed by fredthebear
by djangsan
18 Ne5xNd7!! Capablanca ignores the threat of PxQ, plays NxN!!
from Game collection: Zws by fredthebear
Brilliant zwichenzugs, with Queen sac twice!
from MJCB favorite games by MJCB
February 6: It takes a Villegas
from Game of the Day 2014 by Phony Benoni
33 blancas
from puzzles 2 by ALEXIN
Colle System / QGD (D04) 1-0 Deflection Q sac unblocks passer
from Spearheads DE (Batteries involving the Queen) by fredthebear
shach matov's favorite games
by shach matov
plus 72 more collections (not shown)

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 2001-2017, Chessgames Services LLC