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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Charles Jaffe
Exhibition game (1909), Rice CC, New York, NY USA, Apr-16
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0


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Feb-20-08  paladin at large: Here's another Capa game you probably haven't seen. It is a casual game, but of the fairly serious kind, having been a tuneup for Capa three days before his historic 1909 match with Marshall. The game took place 16 April 1909 at the Rice Chess Club in New York.

It is a quintessential positional win, with Capa rendering the black knight useless. If Jaffe warned Marshall about the Ruy, Marshall didn't listen: In the first seven games Capa had the white pieces, Marshall let Capa play the Ruy, with a result of 4+ 3= in Capa's favor.

Oct-02-08  Xeroxx: This is a fantastic game by Capablanca. Ó_Ò
Apr-16-09  paladin at large: 100 years ago today, you might say this game was the kickoff to Capa's mature career.
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  zanzibar: This game is mentioned by Winter:

C.N. 4551

with this commentary:

<[game score] see the Addenda in the Dover edition of The Unknown Capablanca by David Hooper and Dale Brandreth (New York, 1993). However, it is asserted there that the game ‘was recorded by Vicente Martínez de Carvajal (1840-1915), discovered amongst his papers after his death, and published in Ajedrez Español, 1953, pages 144-145’, whereas it was recorded by Capablanca himself. J.E. Olavide, the author of the article in question in the Spanish magazine (June-July 1953 issue), stated that he had recently acquired a collection of old papers which had belonged to Carvajal and that these included the score-sheet of Capablanca v Jaffe, written in pencil by the Cuban and with the additional information ‘20 moves an hour’.>

Capa played a series of exhibition games prior to his Marshall match at the club. This game was played on the day before:

L R Eisenberg vs Capablanca, 1909

It features a beautiful copy of the scoresheet, worth a look.

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