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Enrique Corzo vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Havana casual (1902)  ·  French Defense: Rubinstein. Fort Knox Variation (C10)  ·  0-1
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Dec-20-04  mjk: Is 18.g4 better? White has to be more aggressive and get his pawns further up the board.
Jan-02-05  mjk: Correction, 19.g4
Jan-02-05  aw1988: 19. g4 Rh8 20. Rae1 Rag8 appears to be quite good for black.
May-18-07  iccsumant: Panic!
May-30-08
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  Karpova: Juan Corzo: <It is 38 years since my friendship began with the then child prodigy Jose Raul Capablanca, who in due course won the world chess championship, becoming famous and gaining a reputation for his country and for the Latin race. Many of the characteristics of that serious boy who interrupted his habitual gravity with bursts of laughter when something amused him have stayed with him, giving him an appearance which is out of the ordinary. I do not have to describe him here, as all chess players know him and are aware of his extraordinary genius. I have repeatedly published the games of his match with me, some of them having received warm praise from the critics. Today I wish to publish a game played not with me but with my late brother Enrique. He was a strong amateur and is remembered at the Chess Club as one of the toughest opponents, who fought tenaciously even in the most difficult positions, putting faith in his resourcefulness. Capablanca always had great esteem for him. This game was played in 1902 when Jose Raul was thirteen years of age, and one admires the way a child had such profound chess knowledge. Although the game has blemishes, the conclusion makes it worthy of being remembered forever.>

From the Mexican magazine "Ajedrez", February 1938, page 129.

Source: Winter, Edward: "Capablanca: a compendium of games, notes, articles, correspondence, illustrations and other rare archival materials on the Cuban chess genius Jose Raul Capablanca, 1888-1942.", page 10

Jan-31-11  Llawdogg: 34 ... Kh5? pinned Capa's own rook to his king for no apparent reason and delayed checkmate by a move while he removed the pin. Kg7 would have been better.

Still, a fantastic game with great rooks and bishops slashing through the white position. Amazing play by a thirteen year old!

Apr-30-12
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  optimal play: A thirteen year old Capablanca introduces a new line into the French defence and comes up with this remarkable win. That's Capablanca Gold!

btw the game heading has Juan Corzo but the post by <Karpova> indicates it should be his brother Enrique Corzo.

Dec-17-12  12.12.12: capa's first french in this db
Dec-17-12  Wyatt Gwyon: surprised capa didn't play more french with this early success. maybe he did and it just wasn't recorded....
Dec-18-12
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  Shams: <optimal play> <A thirteen year old Capablanca introduces a new line into the French defence>

Is this really the first Fort Knox?

Dec-18-12
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  perfidious: <Shams> In this DB at least, that looks to be the case: Opening Explorer.
Dec-18-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Cyrus Lakdawala states in "capablanca move by move" that it is indeed the very first Fort Knox.
Jul-26-14  yiotta: 25...Ba8! Excellent.
Nov-20-14
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  FSR: There was no gold in Fort Knox until 35 years after this game. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United...
Nov-20-14
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  maxi: I remember the tremendous impression this game made on me when I first saw it.
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