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Alfred K Ettlinger vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Havana casual (1901), Havana CUB, rd 1, Sep-25
Scotch Game: Classical Variation (C45)  ·  0-1


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Nov-01-12  chessik: Good game!
Mar-12-13  thomastonk: According to Hooper & Brandreth's "The Unknown Capablanca" the game has been played September 25, 1901. Moreover, they assign a ? to 35. ♘d7+.
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  Garech: Nice game indeed, although Ettlinger missed 9.Nxc6! which seems to give white a good edge.


Mar-12-13  RookFile: 9. Nxc6 would win the game, would it not? Offhand, something like 9. Nxc6 Bxe3 10. Nxe7+ Qxe7 11. fxe3 Qxe4 12. 0-0 Qxe3+ 13. Kh1 leaves white with a piece for two pawns, a safer king, and better development. He may even have something better.
Mar-17-13  iamsheaf: As pointed out by others White missed an elementary tactic 9 Nxc6 winning a piece probably destroying white's kingside structure and not letting him castle
Nov-11-13  Cemoblanca: Hi! I'm looking for the game Ettlinger VS Capablanca, New York 1907. Any help is welcome. Thanks.


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  TheFocus: <Cemoblanca> The moves in that article are all that are available. See <The Unknown Capablanca> by Hooper and Brandreth, game #103, pg. 101.
Nov-12-13  Cemoblanca: <TheFocus: <Cemoblanca> The moves in that article are all that are available. See <The Unknown Capablanca> by Hooper and Brandreth, game #103, pg. 101.>

Indeed, in this article the game starts with a pawn sacrifice (1...Nc4!) to activate the Black King over d5, etc. Well, I just wanted to know how everything came about and thanks for <The Unknown Capablanca> tip. :)

Nov-12-13  Cemoblanca: <The Unknown Capablanca> (Chapter 5 - Casual and Other Games) gives exactly the same position as iné_R... <TheFocus>, but nevertheless, thanks for your effort.
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  wwall: Black wins if he can trade off queens in the endgame, and that's what Black did. So instead of 37.Ke1? which allows the queen exchange, perhaps White can hold with 37.f3 and now Black cannot force a queen exchange. 37.f3 Qf5 38.Qd6 Qc2+ 39.Kg1 Qb1+ 40.Kg2 Qf5 41.Kf2 and White seems OK. Black cannot allow White to play Qd7+ Kf8 Qd8 mate.
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