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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Souza Campos
Simul, 23b (1927), Sao Paulo BRA, Aug-16
Owen Defense: General (B00)  ·  1-0


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Nov-20-15  wooden nickel: <saturn2: I went for 23 Ne8+ but -instead of 23 Ng8- it seems a mistake because of 23...Rf6 and now what?> oops... I meant 23.Ng8+! and not 23.Ne8+?.
Nov-20-15  scholes: <Lambda> After 22.. Ne7 Actually there are actually five mating combinations


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+M6 Nf6-h5+ Rf7-f6 Bg5xf6+ g7xf6 Rh8-h7+ Ke7-f8 Rh7-f7+ Kf8-g8 Nh5xf6+ Kg8-h8 Rf7-h7+

+M6 Nf6-g4+ Rf7-f6 Bg5xf6+ g7xf6 Rh8-h7+ Ke7-f8 Rh7-f7+ Kf8-g8 Ng4xf6+ Kg8-h8 Rf7-h7+

+M5 Nf6xd7+ Rf7-f6 Bg5xf6+ g7xf6 Rh8-h7+ Ke7-e8 Nd7xf6+ Ke8-f8 Rh7-f7+

+M3 Rh8-e8+ Rd8xe8 Rd1xd7+ Ke7-f8 Rd7xf7+

+M3 Nf6-g8+ Ke7-e8 Ng8-h6+ Rf7-f8 Bc4-f7+

Nov-20-15  awfulhangover: Not bad, considering it was a simul on board 23, lol!
Nov-20-15  LoveThatJoker: I solved the puzzle by seeing and commmiting to the exact same Bf7# line that <gofer> posted earlier. A beautiful mating attack from The Legend.

<gofer> Don't worry about the relation. Just take solace in the fact that you are infinitely better looking. :)


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  thegoodanarchist: Capa ends the game with no queen, three pieces en prise, and the win. Very nice.
Nov-20-15  ESAnt: It coud be a GOTD!
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  varishnakov: 21.Nxf6+ K-f8 (21...gxf6 22.Bxf6 mate cannot be prevented) 22.R-h8+ K-e7 23.N-g8++ then 23...K-f8 24.N-h6 mate
23...K-e8 24.N-h6+ then
24...Q-f8 25.Bxf7 mate
24...R-f8 25.B-f7 mate
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  kevin86: The trap has SPRUNG! White will mate by double check! WOW!
Nov-20-15  dfcx: White is down a queen for bishop, but has all pieces aiming at the king.


A. 21...gxf6 22.Bxf6 and mate next
B. 21...Kf8 22.Rh8+ Ke7 23.Ng8++ Ke8 24.Ng6+ Qf8/Rf8 25.Bf7#

What a brilliant mating net.

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  jith1207: This would be at insane level for me, if the puzzle had begun from queen sac.

I got this puzzle until I faltered at last move, while rushing to checkmate by another move, which unfortunately had a defense. But this sequence was wonderful for me, thanks Capa!

Nov-20-15  Pinkerton: Difficult indeed
Nov-20-15  BOSTER: 21.Nxf6+ Kf8 22.Rh8+ Ke7 23. I looked at Re8+ Rxe8 but didn't see Rxd7+(long distance moves sometimes invisible).

So, I went with 23.Ng8+ double check, when no defensive moves, the king must move. This always give me more confidence.

Ke8(forced) 24.Nh6+ Rf8 25.Bxf7#.

<Eduardo Bermudez: How many moves can you (Capa) see in advance?>. One.

My opinion that he didn't count move after move.

He could see the final picture once.

About the game. Everybody has different feeling about a <beauty>.

Somebody likes 17.Qxg6!!

For me it was move 14.Rd6, blocking the black pos.

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  paulalbert: Got close but not giving myself credit: Saw after 21. Nf6ch and Knight is taken then 22. Bf6 leads to mate with R on h8; that part easy to see. So what if 21....Kf8. Then 22. Rh8ch Ke7 but I could not visualize clearly what was the exact followup.

Did not visualize the brilliant 23 Re8ch ! so the R on d1 can deliver the final coup -de-grace on d7.

Although Capa has the greater reputation for being a positional and strategic genius with peerless endgame technique, in fact he was also a brilliant tactician and attacker.

Nov-20-15  benjaminpugh: My first thought was "White resigns." He has two hanging pieces and is down a queen for a bishop, with no obvious mate. There are only 3 checks available, and for each the checking piece can be immediately captured. Then I saw, oh, this is Capablanca and the parting of the Red Sea became apparent upon Nxf6+.

I was still curious as to how Capablanca got into that position, so I backed up to the queen sac. Curious, what about 18...d5 instead of 18...Rf7?

Nov-20-15  Labgrunt: Great puzzle. Am I missing something regarding the <chrisowen> posts? It just seems like it is some kind of code intended to confuse the prison guards?? <chrisowen>...What? Or maybe I should say, "Why?" Do you have a random word generator that just spews these phrases out?? Help me out, guy, because I just can't figure out what you're trying to say. thanks
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  Benzol: Capablanca must have forseen the end when he played 17.Qxg6. What wonderful chess vision he possessed.
Nov-20-15  kyg16: It's inhuman to combine like this
Nov-20-15  BxChess: Several kibbitzers have commented that the queen sacrifice is flawed because of 18...d5. Capablanca is said to have said that sacrifice was `premature'. While 18...d5 might stave off immediate mate, I don't see that it saves the game.

<CowardlyKnight> gives the line 18...d5
19 exd5 Na5 as winning for black.
But 20 d6 Nxc4
21 dxe7 wins the queen and forks the rooks
22 exf8Q+ Rxf8 and white is a whole rook up

An alternative try is
19 exd5 Rd6
20 Rh3+ Kg8
21 dxc6+ Re6
22 Rd7 and it seems to me that black will lose the queen and remains in trouble.

Is there a better black response to 19 exd5?

Nov-20-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: Not the ideal starting move for a puzzle, since the first move is obvious.

I saw that Nxd7+ is also winning for the second move, and stopped there.

Nov-20-15  Mfrankpsyd: And this was a game played in a simul!
Nov-20-15  BOSTER: <BxChess: Is there a better black response>.

After 17.Qxg6 hxg6 18.R6d3 Black'd play Qe6
( diagram).

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Maybe Capablanca would win with queen majority.

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  Peligroso Patzer: For the record, the score for this game appearing in Caparrós, Rogelio, <The Games of José Raúl Capablanca> (Revised 2nd Edition), Chess Digest ©1994, at page 219 (Game no. 440), includes the following additional moves, which presumably were in fact played on the board:

23. … Rxe8 24. Rxd7+ Kf8 25. Rxf7<+> [<sic>; should be “#”].

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  chancho: I said the same thing 8 years ago.

Capablanca vs S Campos, 1927 (kibitz #16)

Nov-20-15  Jack Kerouac: And then there was Paul Morphy.
It's 9 minutes, but worth every
detail and proof of chess genius.
Nov-20-15  Jack Kerouac: Forgot to add sound delivers the
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