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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Marek Szapiro
Simul, 34b (1935), Warsaw POL, Feb-08
Queen's Gambit Declined: Capablanca Variation (D30)  ·  0-1


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Mar-01-08  BigW2619: Who is this guy? He crushed Capablanca
Mar-02-08  MichAdams: If Alekhine had played like that, people would have suspected he was pissed. Maybe Capa's girdle was giving him hell.
Mar-02-08  Whitehat1963: Passed his prime in a simul. And black played very well. So, playing at speed, Capa miscalculated a complex exchange. Big deal.
Mar-02-08  MichAdams: An alternative explanation would be that Capa spotted someone's husband in the crowd.
Mar-02-08  paladin at large: All the greats bombed occasionally in a simul. Past his prime, too - a year later he was the best player in the world.
Dec-24-08  WhiteRook48: why'd Capablanca resign?
Dec-25-08  CapablancaFan: <why'd Capablanca resign?>

After 25...Nxd2!

a)26.Rxb2? Re1+! 27.Rf1 Rxf1+ 28.Qxf1(forced) Nxf1 and black is up a whole piece.

b)26.Qxd2 Qxb1+ and black is up a whole piece.

c)The trickiest continuation...26.Rxd2 Re1+! 27.Rf1 Rxf1+! 28.Qxf1(again forced)...Qxd2! and black is up an entire piece.

Jan-07-09  WhiteRook48: wow! The back rank is crucial! I can hardly even believe Capablanca, the champion, overlooked the back rank weakness...
Feb-06-09  WhiteRook48: thanks for the clarification
Mar-27-09  WhiteRook48: what was Capablanca thinking here? Where was his mistake?
Mar-27-09  AnalyzeThis: I know what my mistake was, playing through the game quickly. After Nxd2, you tend to look at the possibility of rook captures queen, figuring that on ...Re1+ you can play Rf1 and all is well. Ah... but there.... I didn't see at first that the knight on d2 controls f1. So, then you have 26. Rxb2 Re1+ 27. Rf1 Rxf1+ 29. Qxf1, and now that annoying 28... Nxf1.

I don't think that 26. Rxb2 would deserve a question mark. It happens to be white's best move. The problem is, it loses anyway.

Nov-11-09  WhiteRook48: 25....Nxd2!! Capablanca was killed in the way he used against Bernstein!
Nov-11-09  WhiteRook48: actually 27....Qxd2!! in the line with 26 Rxd2
because if 28 Qxd2, then 28...Rxf1#
therefore 28 Qh7+ Kf8 29 Qh8+ Kf7 30 Rxe1+ Qxe1#
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  GrahamClayton: One of 36 games played by Capablanca, who finished the exhibition with a score of +26, -4, =6.
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  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in Warsaw, Poland on February 8, 1935.

Capablanca scored +24=6-4.

Source is <American Chess Bulletin>.

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