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Georgy Lisitsin vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Moscow (1935), Moscow URS, rd 5, Feb-21
Reti Opening: General (A09)  ·  0-1


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Oct-05-05  paladin at large: A tense queen and pawn ending won, not surprisingly, by JRC. Interesting that in the late middle game after 30 moves, white has two pawn islands and black, three. After 40 moves white has three pawn islands, and black, two.

With 61....g4, Capa threatens 62.....Qf3++ .

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  GrahamClayton: White could put up a better defence with 60. ♔e4, although Black should still win after 60...g4 61. ♔f4 ♔f6 62. ♔e4 ♕e6+ 63. ♔d3 ♕d5 64. ♕f2+ ♔g6

Source: Jon Speelman, "Endgame Preparation", Batsford, 1981

Apr-24-10  Marmot PFL: Chernev gives 31 Ne5, winning the c-pawn and possibly the game.
Jul-01-10  TugasKamagong: In Tim Krabbe's website

he credits Charles Sullivan for writing to him about an analysis of this game in Practical Chess Endings (1974) by Paul Keres.

Keres wrote: "Bondarevsky has recommended a more active defence for White by means of 58.Qb1!, certainly giving White better prospects than the game continuation. After 58...Qc3+ 59.Qd3 Qxd3+ 60.Kxd3 Kd5, Black wins the ending: 61.Ke3 g5!"

Krabbé then adds <But...White then wins with 62.g4!>

Dec-27-15  visayanbraindoctor: I am not certain if Lisitsin knew what he was doing when he moved 54. f4.

While Lisitsin perhaps did not know what he was doing, Capablanca certainly did. Capa immediately captures with 54... ef4, thus achieving a Kingside pawn majority, which he then methodically pushes in order to create an outside passed pawn, a key idea in winning Queen endings.

Oct-13-18  goser: Lisitsyn had notable advantage but finally missed it by not playing 34. e4. Despite instructive and impressive play by Capablanca in queen endgame, the position was still close to equal until 60. Qh2?
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