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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Juan Corzo
Simul, 25b (1940), Havana CUB, Apr-13
Philidor Defense: Hanham. Delmar Variation (C41)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Mar-18-05  Whitehat1963: Capa's last game against his island rival turns out to be the only game in the database in which Capa faces the Philidor Defense -- a defense he considered weak from the moment black plays 2...d6.
Nov-02-05  Procopius: <Whitehat1963> In the final option, I wonder why Black cannot play 23...RxB as opposed to the cautious 23...P-Kt3. Doesn't the former move win something?
Nov-02-05
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  Calli: 23.Rb1?? is a blunder. This move might be an error in the score. More likely is 23.Bc1.
Dec-03-05  Neurotic Patzer: Corzo has got to be pretty old here
Dec-03-05  KingG: He was 67.
Sep-04-09  WhiteRook48: why is 23 Rb1 bad? because the computer said so?
Sep-04-09  WhiteRook48: the last game of the great
Oct-03-09  blazerdoodle: 23 Rb1 g6 (I don't get this. Is he afraid of - Nf5? or an attack on h3 and a consequent shootout?)

but clearly he is about to get smashed, if that is the case (or what have I missed at my lowly Class E level here.

23...Rxb3 24 Qxb3 Qxa5 is bad enough.

25. Ba4 Qd3.

Feb-08-11  MountainMatt: No question, 23 Rb1 loses (per blazer's astute level E analysis :)) I'm inclined to think it's a scoring error too...or perhaps Corzo simply did not want to embarrass the great Capa in a measly simul?
Feb-08-11
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  maxi: It seems to me to be a case of too much affection between the players. Capa's 23.♖b1 goes against the strategical grain of the position, and it was possibly played with the idea of soon giving the old man a draw. Unfortunately, it immediately loses due to the 23.♖b1 ♖b3! combination. Then it is Corzo that wants to settle for a draw, in spite of the extra piece.
Nov-18-17  fedeguitarra1: I agree completely with maxi. Itīs a "draw by courtesy".
Jan-30-18
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  MissScarlett: Caparros has: <Draw in move 33. The score is unreadable after move 23.> Merely increases the likelihood that the bizarre 23.Rb1 is a mistranscription.

Caparros's source is <Privater [sic] research>. Hmmm.

Jan-30-18  RookFile: Naturally Capa did not play the ridiculous Rb1.
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