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Vitaly Chekhover vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Moscow (1935), Moscow URS, rd 11, Mar-01
Queen's Indian Defense: Capablanca Variation (E16)  ·  0-1


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Aug-05-05  paladin at large: Pretty tactical shot with 53....Re1 closes it out. Typical Capablanca play with closed positions, to leave a pawn back - this time on f7 - to enhance maneuverability of his pieces. The exchange of knights does not work out well for white, since Capa's remaining knight is far superior to the very bad white bishop.
Aug-05-05  paul dorion: White should have played 18 Bh3 . The whole manoeuvre with Nh4-f5 looks like a loss of time and increases the bad bishop problem.
Aug-05-05  Koster: Guess white thought he could draw by trading off and blocking the game, almost but not quite... Best chance against Capa in the 30s was play aggressive & hope for tactical mistake, but defend a bad ending- forget it.
Apr-29-10  drnooo: This has a creepy feel of Petrosian, all that black maneuvering after move 25, the back and forth stuff of the knight and then that glacial opening of the h file. Petrosian used to waltz through tournaments game after game like that
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  maxi: The winning move 53...♖e1 is similar to Fischer's winning move 21...♖e3 in Szabo vs Fischer, 1960
Jun-15-14  thegoodknight: 24 a4? is a bit strange, closing up the only potential play for white on the queen side, as well as putting more pawns on light squares. 39 Ne4?? is just suicidal. The bad bishop vs good knight endgame is just plain bad for white. Chekhover seems to have lost his patience and been unable to continue to do nothing.
Oct-16-18  goser: After the move 24, Capablanca could win the game even against Stockfish. It is funny that Stockfish evaluates the position before the 25th White's move as +1.50 but proposes quite planless moves. It is exactly the kind of position where a human still can be better than a computer!
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  keypusher: < goser: After the move 24, Capablanca could win the game even against Stockfish. >

More realistically, Iíd say it is one of the handful of middlegame positions that Capablanca wouldnít be guaranteed to lose against SF.

<It is funny that Stockfish evaluates the position before the 25th White's move as +1.50 but proposes quite planless moves. It is exactly the kind of position where a human still can be better than a computer!>

I donít know what SF youíre using ó if itís a 15-second analysis from this website thatís just silly. On my desktop the evaluation drops pretty quickly to about 0.7.

There arenít any good plans available for White at move 25, but SF running on a desktop doesnít do any of the bad things that Chekhover did in the course of losing the game. Instead it plays Be4, inviting the trade of bishop for knight, and runs the king to the queenside. Itís not going to lose that position against Capablanca or any other human.

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