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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Maurice Fox
"Outfoxed" (game of the day Aug-04-2017)
Simul, 40b (1919), London ENG, Sep-18
Vienna Game: Anderssen Defense (C25)  ·  0-1


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  Benzol: I agree with <mack>. Would 31.♗d5 be a better move here.
Dec-02-05  Whitehat1963: How about it, Crafty? What's the best move after 30...Qh4? I see a lot of possibilities.
Apr-01-06  Green Bishop: 31...Rd5 and 32...Rd1 were fantastic.
I think this player was the first who beat both Capablanca and Fischer (Fischer was only 13). Reshevsky and Fine did it later.
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  Calli: <mack> "Can't explain 31.Qe3 at all."

My theory: Capablanca played 31.Qe3?? to draw Fox into playing 31...Rd5. He thought Black would lose in variations like 32.Rc1 Rdc5? 33.Rxc5 dxc5 34.Rg8+ wins. Playing a simul of 38 boards, he missed Fox's 32...Rd1! which, in fact, is the only move that does not lose.

Apr-03-06  goldenbear: <Benzol> Doesn't 31.Bd5 fail to Qxh6? It seems to me that things went south after White mistakenly won the pawn with 13.Nh6+. 13.h4 looks good to me.
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  Benzol: <goldenbear> You might be right. My idea was to try and give the King a flight-square.
Apr-30-06  CapablancaFan: Rare miscalculation for Capablanca. 31.Qe3?
Apr-30-06  syracrophy: After 40.Kb1 Qxf5+ and its all over
Apr-30-06  goldenbear: 17.g4 and 18.Bf5 and maybe White really is better.
Sep-11-08  Whitehat1963: Impressive to have been the only player to have beaten Capablanca in 1919. Simul, schmimul. Against Capablanca, especially that year, a win is a win is a win. And we'd all brag about that win.
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  GrahamClayton: Fox later emigrated to Canada and won the Canadian championship 8 times between 1927 and 1949, so he obviously was a pretty reeasonable player, even at this young age.

Jun-28-15  joddon: Fox made the Great Capablanca look like a chicken in the barn!! how does one with such high standards give away his queen like that???
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  MissScarlett: <Ultra Fox, Oh Vienna!>
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  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in London, England on September 18, 1919.

Capablanca scored +36=2-2.

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  offramp: Mr Fox played 30...Qh4 attacking the pawn on h6. Capablanca protected the pawn with 31. Qe3.

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Fox had his wits about him and made a brilliant nowotnyesque move: 31...Rd5!!

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White could now have kept the balance with the clever 32. Qc1!!

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Or even with 32. Bxd5! Bxe3 33. fxe3:

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34. fxe3

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34..Qxh6? <34...Qxe4+ was better.> 35. Rd7 Qxe3
36. exf5 b4
<Now 37.Rh1 draws>

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But Capablanca played
37. axb4?? a3
38. bxa3 Qe4+
39. Ka1 Qe5+ 0-1
White will soon lose the rook on d7.

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  FSR: Outfoxed.
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  al wazir: Note that black played 30...Qh4 instead of Qxe4+, forcing the ♕ swap. Fox knew he had the advantage, and he was going for the kill!
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  ChessHigherCat: Check out the list of other super-GMs Fox played on his profile page: Alekhine, Euwe, Marshall, Lasker, Horowitz... He even beat Fischer in 1956:
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  offramp: <MissScarlett: <Ultra Fox, Oh Vienna!>> I think that is a cracking pun. For a start, most people know the song. Then, the opening is indeed a Vienna. And Capablanca was "ultrafoxed" in this game, foxed beyond what one would normally expect.

But what pun is chosen? "Outfoxed". Do me a favour. That's about as funny as a Leonard Cohen song about Krakatoa.

Aug-04-17  ColeTrane: So yesterday crack hens and now a crack fox.... Kudos to these merry punsters
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  morfishine: According to Capa lovers, he only loses in simuls, of course forgetting about the 1927 match vs Alekhine


Too bad Capa, no prep, ur schlepp...


Aug-04-17  sachman19: 31st move by white was bad
Aug-04-17  Ferro: After 38, Capablanca: Imponte


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  offramp: <Ferro: After 38, Capablanca: Imponte ANGELINA JOLIE.>

LOL! <Ferro>, you go STRAIGHT to my favourites list!

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  kevin86: A rare Capa loss, the rook is a goner.
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