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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


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  Castleinthesky: Does it take a Villegas or did Villegas get taken?
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  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.
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  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)

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  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?
Feb-06-14  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
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  Phony Benoni: <MaxPain> If <18...dxe3>:

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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>:

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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>:

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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>:

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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.

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  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.
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  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. :)

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  MissScarlett: <Benito Muscled Out - oh!>
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  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.
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  kevin86: White his a rook and pawn for the queen...but that will soon be changed:

Classic win by capa.

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  Once: Champagne chess. Capa makes it look so easy.

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

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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.

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  caracas1970: nice analysis
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  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.

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  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.

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  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.
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