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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Lizardo Molina Carranza
Exhibition Game (1911), Buenos Aires ARG, May-26
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern. Knight Defense (D51)  ·  1-0


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Dec-04-05  CapablancaFan: There simply was no defence to 29. Rd6+!
Dec-05-05  DAL9000: I believe this game is analyzed in Vukovic's "The Art of Attack in Chess," which is an outstanding book-- pick it up if you don't have it.
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  offramp: Considering that Black is a bit of an unknown he puts up quite strong resistance. It shows that even if you accidentally allow the Greek Gift sacrifice you don't have to throw in the towel straight away.
Dec-05-05  Neurotic Patzer: That's an amazingly beautiful and subtle final position. With queens off the board black can do nothing to stop mate. Every single one of Capa's pieces work together in perfect harmony.
Dec-06-05  CapablancaFan: If anyone at finds an adequate reply for black against 29.Rd6+ I'll send you $100 right now!
Dec-07-05  notyetagm: Another one of those famous Capablanca in-between moves, 24 ... ♕x♕ 25 ♘h7+!. Capablanca just loved to play those zwischenzugen.
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  beatgiant: I recall reading somewhere (maybe in _Lasker's Manual of Chess_) the suggestion of 15...f4 16. exf4 Nf5 17. Qg4 Nh6 18. Qg3 Nf5, etc. with a repetition. Does White have anything better against that defense?
Dec-28-05  Neurotic Patzer: <CapablancaFan: If anyone at finds an adequate reply for black against 29.Rd6+ I'll send you $100 right now!> Hah! eaaaasy. The adequate reply for black against 29.Rd6+ is "resigns". Now gimme mah money!
Dec-28-05  syracrophy: There are no way to stop both threats: 29.Nd5++ and 29.Rd6+, both crushing
Dec-28-05  CapablancaFan: <syracrophy> You're right, Capa actually has a choice of kills. Nd5 or Rd6 as both moves are fatal.
May-25-07  Maverick2007: Why after 22...Qc7 did Capablanca not try Nd5+ forking the queen afterwhich the Rfe1.
May-25-07  Karpova: <Maverick2007: Why after 22...Qc7 did Capablanca not try Nd5+ forking the queen afterwhich the Rfe1.> 23.Nd5+ Nxd5 24.Qxc7?? Nxc7
May-25-07  Maverick2007: "Karpova: 23.Nd5+ Nxd5 24.Qxc7?? Nxc7"...I see your logic but I was thinking more like 23...Nxd5 24.Nh7+ if Kf7 then Rxd5 or if Ke7 then Rf1e1...just a thought its obvious that the original ending worked magnificently I was just trying to see if there was another way to win the game. Thank you very much for your insight.
May-25-07  Karpova: <Maverick2007>
After 23.Nd5+ Nxd5 24.Nh7+ Kf7 25.Rxd5 Qxg3 26.fxg3 Re8 black is up a whole piece and will probably win the game because white has no compensation.
May-25-07  Maverick2007: Karpova, excellent point I guess the way the game was originaly was played is the only way for White to win after move 22. Thanks again this is what learning is all about I appreciate your insight!!
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  whiteshark: <beatgiant: <I recall reading somewhere (maybe in _Lasker's Manual of Chess_) the suggestion of 15...f4 16. exf4 Nf5 17. Qg4 Nh6 18. Qg3 Nf5, etc. with a repetition. <Does White have anything better against that defense?>>> No!

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May-24-09  thevuky: What if 14 ... e5?
Jul-03-09  returnoftheking: 14..e5 15. Ne6+ Kf6 16. f4 Nc6 17. Rad1 Qxd1 18. Qg5+ Kxe6 19. Rxd1
Jul-03-09  visayanbraindoctor: What is the background of this game?

<Augalv> This game was played in Buenos Aires Argentina. Would you know if Molina an Argentinian amateur player and was this a simul?

Jul-03-09  Augalv: <visayanbraindoctor>, as I told you in the Kramnik page, this was an exhibition game and Lizardo Molina Carranza (his complete game) was the president of the Argentine Chess Club at the time the game was played, and also at the time the Alekhine-Caplabanca match took place.
Dec-27-09  epiglottis5: Since Vukovic's book didn't give analysis for alternatives to 13...Kg6, I tried to analyze them as practice:

A) 13...Kh6?? 14.Nxf7+! Rxf7 15.Qxd8
B) 13...Kg8? 14.Qh5 Re8 15.Qxf7+ Kh8 16.Qh5+ Kg8 17.Rad1 Bd7 (17...Nd3 18.Qh7+ wins the knight; 17...Nd7 18.Qf7+ Kh8 19.Nxe6 wins; 17...Nd5 18.Qh7+ Kf8 19.Qh8+ Ke7 20.Qxg7+ Kd6 21.Nf7+ wins) 18.b4 and white will have a material advantage. If 18...Na6, I analyzed 19.Rd4 as winning but the computer suggested the much better 19.Ne4! e.g. 19...Nf5 (the move I thought would save black) 20.Nf6+! and white still wins.

Apr-23-10  copablanco: Molina's queen bishop and rook were
hemmed in, and that's like giving
Capablanca rook and bishop odds then.
Dec-06-14  Amarande: The only moves that prevent mate for a while are 28 ... Ne5 and 28 ... Nxf4.

Not only does this leave Black a piece down without compensation, but a quick analysis with Rybka indicates that either the Rh8 or the Bishop will also go lost soon if the Black King is to live a little longer. And it's not a comfortable life either, the White Knights and Rooks are still harassing hard.

Resignation for Black was quite in order.

A great victory, one of those beautiful games where Capa sets his sights on the enemy King and no amount of simplification can shake the wolves off (another one in this vein being Capablanca vs O Bernstein, 1914 - again the net holds fast right down to endgame levels of material).

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  TheFocus: This was one of thirteen exhibition games against the best players of Argentina, played during Capablanca's 1st South American Tour.

This game was played in Buenos Aires on May 26, 1911.

Mar-14-16  erony: It seems to me that Capa made a mistake on 19th move, he could win by 19 Rad1! Nd3 20 f4 Qb6+ 21 Kh1 Ndxf4 22 g3! or 22 Rxf4! Rh8 23 e5+!.

Instead, after 19 exf5?, he lets the win slip : later, Black can defend by 21...Ngf4! (he played the wrong Knight) 22 Qg3 Be6! forcing the perpetual check.

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