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Jens Enevoldsen vs Jose Raul Capablanca
8th olm final A (1939), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 14, Sep-16
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  0-1


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Nov-05-07  paladin at large: <karpova> Thanks for posting this game, which may be new to some Capa followers. Here is what Capa wrote the next day for the Argentine newspaper Crítica:

"By means of a series of interesting maneuvers I was able to obtain a position which immobilized most of the pieces of my opponent, who, however, persisted in thinking that he had a good position. Thus instead of making do with a passive position and awaiting events he tried to attack. I was therefore able to win quickly a game which would otherwise have been prolonged."

Nov-05-07  RookFile: In other words, this game was comparable to the 'Rope a Dope' tactics that Ali used in the 1970's to win fights.
Dec-28-08  Ulhumbrus: 15 f3 disturbs the King side pawns, and White does not follow it with 16 e4.
Dec-28-08  Emma: It's like seeing a car crash in slow motion
Jan-10-09  Ulhumbrus: Alekhine in his obituary on Capablanca described this game as a "true pearl of chess art".
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  sleepyirv: A very dominant position at the end- if White's king tries to make a run for it: 36.Kh4 37.Rxe3 38.Kh5 Qxh3+ 39.Kg5 Black will have the option of five different mates here!
Jan-17-09  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 15 f3, 15 Bxe4 Nxe4 16 Qc2 retains the superior minor piece.
May-29-11  hibolife: Yeah, 15.BxB, NxB. 16. Queen moves. The resulting line of Nc5, push the a pawn, then the f pawn, position is equal but black has clear plans.

24.Bd4! would be better, and white plays for a win. Ra3 seems to unwarrantedly give black an initiative.

Every little moves counts so much so that it blows my mind.

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  Garech: Beautifully played by Capa.


Feb-12-15  Ulhumbrus: <hibolife: ... 24.Bd4! would be better, and white plays for a win...> Let us try a few more moves : 24...Ne4 25 Bxe4 Qxe4 26 Bxg7 Qxe2 27 Bh8 Qe3+ 28 Kg2 Qxc3 29 Bxc3 Re4 forking the c4 and f4 pawns
May-10-15  ToTheDeath: Outstanding game! Such clarity and control, all the hallmarks of Capa at his best.
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