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|Dec-16-11|| ||King Death: < standardwisdom: What can white do after 30.. Qe3?>|
In spite of what <patzer2> said in his last note, I don't think White has more than a draw in this line. His own king is too exposed to try for more.
<...(If 31. Rf5, then 31..d2.)>
31...d2 loses to 32.Ra7+ with mate soon, but 31.Rf5 Rbc8 seems to force 32.Ra5 Qf4+ 33.Kh1 Qc1+ and a perpetual.
|Dec-16-11|| ||erniecohen: It looks like 29...d4 draws: 30. c4 xf2 31. xb4 f4+, etc. Without 29...xf2, white, blockaded by his own pawns, has no way to invade without allowing a perpetual.|
<standardwisdom> 30...e3 may also draw: 31. f7 b8c8 (31...ec8 leads to mate after 32. f5}) 32. xb4 b8 33. a5 d2 34. bxc7 xc7 35. xc7 b6 36. e7 d1 37 xd1 xc6 38. d4 b8 39. xa7+
|Dec-16-11|| ||HeMateMe: We don't see this opening variation anymore.|
|Dec-16-11|| ||whiteshark: I don't need my brain fried any more than it already is.|
|Dec-16-11|| ||ScottWeatherill: Doesn't 30... Qe3 31. Rf5 Re5 32. RxR give a perpetual as well?|
|Dec-16-11|| ||erniecohen: <ScottWeatherill: Doesn't 30... Qe3 31. Rf5 Re5 32. RxR give a perpetual as well?> No, 32.xb8+ xb8 33. b7#.|
|Dec-16-11|| ||gofer: <erniecohen> I am not sure that <29 ... Qd4> is any better than playing <29 ... Qxf2> immediately.
Rb8 and Re8 are tied to the back rank, Qd4 is tied to the a7-g1 diagonal. |
<29 ... Qd4>
<30 Rc4 Qxf2>
<31 Rxe4 d2>
<32 Rxb4 ...>
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What next? <32 ... Rbc8? 33 R7b5> and its all over...
|Dec-16-11|| ||SteinitzLives: Although black has pawn structure problems early, and may be positionally in trouble thanks to 13. Bxc6 (and because he is facing Capa), I think his losing move, because it pursues no clear plan too soon, is the normal and logical looking 14 . . . . .Qf6. |
This move is a wishy washy non-committal gesture. Show some balls and play 14. . . . .Qg5, or even more aggressive, Rdf8 and screw the "a" pawn, no energy should be expended in defense of it. Move the black K to d7 and hide in the closed center if whites' Q invades, meanwhile black could be aggressively attacking Capas' king.
Black's advanced pawn, combined with the half-open f file and Capas' only pawns protected king, should have been obvious clues to get the kingside attack going aggressively and right away!
Fortune favors the bold, and flees the fairy.
Black may be in a worse position as early as 5. . . . . .d5, voluntarily pinning his c6 N and immediately allowing Ne5, which gives white a healthy advantage. (5. . . . .exd4 should keep black equal but with healthy dynamic possibilities for both sides).
Of course the positionally binding 14. c5 could have been replaced by the more tactical 14. Qa4, which Capa played a move later.
Is it just because of the pun that a game is chosen game of the day? It can't be the quality of the play, not in this case, what a mismatch!
|Dec-16-11|| ||Llawdogg: Hilarious attempted rook sacrifices to try to deflect the queen!|
|Dec-16-11|| ||gofer: <31 ... Qe3> does seem to hold. I can't break it!|
|Dec-16-11|| ||Domdaniel: Great game by the young not-quite-a-machine.
Raubit, schek, and mate.
Incidentally, Raubitschek's first name, Rudolf, suggests this might be a reject from the December 24th GOTD pile.
|Dec-16-11|| ||kevin86: A similar idea had the queen trapped by her own pawns-in the Greek Church game.|
This time,the pieces aid the queen to victory.
|Dec-16-11|| ||Riverbeast: El hombre mas suave...La cerveza MAS fina...
|Dec-16-11|| ||erniecohen: <gofer> after 32...b8c8 33. 7b5, it's over, but not for Black: 33...g1+! 34. xg1 d1+ 35. h2 d6+ 36. e5 (anything else leads to a quick mate) 36...xe5+ 37. g3 e2+.|
|Dec-16-11|| ||Domdaniel: <Riverbeast> -- < El hombre mas suave>
... This refers to the outer casing of La cerveza? It was pretty sharp too, at that.|
|Dec-16-11|| ||erniecohen: <gofer: <31 ... Qe3> does seem to hold. I can't break it!> White can get to a pretty favorable ending (see the line above). Something like this with White to play:
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I wouldn't bet on Black surviving this.
|Dec-16-11|| ||scormus: Neat pun. Capa's heavy artillary and light infantry close in slowly but inexorably. B shuffles his forces back and forth and even makes a break for safety. But like a <reindeer> caught in the beam of the oncoming vehicle headlights, never escapes its fate.|
|Dec-16-11|| ||Penguincw: Interesting mating net.|
|Dec-16-11|| ||ajk68: <gofer>: I think the threat of perpetual check and the queen sac on g1 allow 29...Qd3 to hold.|
|Dec-16-11|| ||rapidcitychess: <scormus>
The resemblance to an animal in front of a moving car is astonishing. Black seems to sit back at the oncoming pawn storm in absolute terror.
|Dec-16-11|| ||Magic Castle: <ajk68>. You must mean 29. ...Qd4 since Qd3 at move 29 is not possible. Anyway, that is refuted by the following lines: 29. Qd4 30.Rc4 Qf2 31. Re4 Re4 ( If black avoids the rook exchange, e.g. 31... Rf8, then 32. Rb4, defending against the perpetual check and mate cannot be avoided.) 32. Rb8 Kb8 33. Qb7#.|
|Dec-16-11|| ||erniecohen: <Magic Castle: <ajk68>. You must mean 29. ...Qd4 since Qd3 at move 29 is not possible. Anyway, that is refuted by the following lines: 29. Qd4 30.Rc4 Qf2 31. Re4 Re4 32. Rb8 Kb8 33. Qb7#>|
Sorry, your refutation is refuted by 31...d2.
|Dec-16-11|| ||Magic Castle: <erniecohen> Look again 31. .d2 loses to 32. Rb4. Remember the queen cannot leave the diagonal and cannot deliver a check and lastly the rooks captures at b8 with check so d2 is useless.|
|Dec-17-11|| ||erniecohen: <Magic Castle: <erniecohen> Look again 31. .d2 loses to 32. Rb4. Remember the queen cannot leave the diagonal and cannot deliver a check and lastly the rooks captures at b8 with check so d2 is useless.>|
You forgot about 32...b8c8, after which White has nothing left (33. b7b5 g1+, which is the whole point of d2).
|Dec-22-11|| ||maxi: When I was learning about chess I went thru several of Capa's games. In particular I took a look at this game and was amazed by the tactics of Capa's Queen side attack.|
After a few years I came back to Capa, now with more experience, a lot more patience and the rather poor engines available 25 or so years ago.
When I began studing this game the Queen side attack seemed to me to be strategically erroneous, leaving the center to the black pieces and allowing the possibility of an attack by advancing the central Pawns. I remember noticing that 21...e3 (instead of the silly 21...Qf6?) gave Black the advantage.
I also began noticing all kind of errors in his games and annotations.
Capa was a genius, but he was also a minimalist of sorts... He only exerted himself enough to defeat the guy at the other side of the board. Being a genius, that was usually enough. But it is a bad habit, and one that is likely to land a guy eventually in trouble. As it did to him a few years later...
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