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Jose Raul Capablanca vs S S Cohen
"When the Cohen Gets Tough" (game of the day Apr-25-2012)
Simul, 33b (1924), Brooklyn CC, New York, NY USA, Mar-07
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  1-0


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Apr-25-12  RookFile: Well, it was a simul, of course. You do get the feeling that he was in a little trouble and had made a couple of errors at some point along the way. Then Capa did what the great players do in trouble - he steered into the wind and outcalculated his opponent.
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  HeMateMe: Nice pun, well done, son.
Apr-25-12  newzild: A great game, but I think black should have played 19...f5 instead of 19...0-0-0. That k-side pawn front looks pretty imposing.
Apr-25-12  LoveThatJoker: <newzild> 19...f5! is a good idea, man.

If 20. d3 0-0-0 and Black is ok.


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  Check It Out: Capablanca missed the nice little trick 15.Nxd5 exd5 16.e6 with a discovered attack on the black rook.
Apr-25-12  LoveThatJoker: <Check It Out> Well said! That's an effective tactical shot!


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  FSR: Why not 28...dxe4?
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  Check It Out: "the tough get Cohen"
Apr-25-12  LoveThatJoker: <FSR> I gave your query to Stockfish: It agrees with you that 28...dxe4 was Black's best.

Here are two lines that it considered for 10 minutes at a depth of 22,

28...dxe4 29. Qe3 Rxh6 30. Rxh6 Rxh6 31. d3 exd3 32. Qxd3+ Kc8 33. Qc4 Nf3 34. Rd1 Qb6 35. Nb5 Kb8 36. Bc3 g4 37. Kb2 Qc6 38. Nd6 g3 39. Nxf5 exf5 40. Qg8+ Kc7 41. Qxg3 Nd4 (-3.79)

28...dxe4 29. Rd1 Kc8 30. Qe3 Ng2 31. Qf2 Nf4 32. Rh2 Rxh6 33. Rdh1 Rxh2 34. Rxh2 Rxh2 35. Qxh2 Kd7 36. Qf2 Qh8 (-4.04)


Apr-25-12  ventricule: <you can't really fault him for missing 35.Bf6+!!>

This Bf6 teaches us humans humility

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  HeMateMe: < "the tough get Cohen">

Even better.

Apr-25-12  5hrsolver: 35.Bf6+ Sacrifice the bishop to create a flight square for the king and not be forced to exchange rooks. This retains white's rook on the seventh rank where it proved deadly.

Capablanca saw this already when he played 33.Nd6

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  kevin86: Why did black resign? He's two rooks ahead!
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  Phony Benoni: Any time you're two rooks ahead of Capablanca, you're in real trouble.
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  FSR: <LoveThatJoker> Thanks. In other words, Capablanca would have been dead lost if Cohen had played the obvious 28...dxe4.
Apr-25-12  LoveThatJoker: <FSR> I'm glad I was able to get back to you on that; for as soon as I read your post, I was interested in the matter. Good job finding 28...dxe4!


Apr-25-12  RookFile: <kevin86: Why did black resign? He's two rooks ahead! >

Other than the fact that it's mate in 3, I can't think of a reason.

Apr-25-12  bischopper: I allways analyse step to step from opening every move and find out where is the error or mistake on opening, middle game or the finish but this time...well who knows?
Apr-25-12  JG27Pyth: 35.Bf6+ is absolutely absurd. The finish is incredible. In the Capablanca was the greatest of all time case-book, this may be exhibit A.
Apr-25-12  castledweller: <kevin86: Why did black resign? He's two rooks ahead!>

Hi kevin - after White checks the Q, Black is forced onto the 8th rank with his K to either a8 or c8, then after Q-c6+ Blacks move will be forced. White will follow-up with Q-c7+, and white will be able to mate on the next move.

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  FSR: <JG27Pyth: 35.Bf6+ is absolutely absurd. The finish is incredible. In the Capablanca was the greatest of all time case-book, this may be exhibit A.>

I doubt that simul games are of too much relevance to that proposition, but certainly this one isn't. As shown by <LoveThatJoker>'s and my previous posts, Capablanca was dead lost if Cohen had simply played 28...dxe4.

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  kevin86: castlewaller is correct,white forces a mate in four,either by cornering the king (literally) or with the pawn at e7.
Apr-27-12  maxi: This is a wonderful game. For example, Capablanca's apparently irresolute move 12.Be2 lays a nasty trap for Black. For instance, to 12. Be2 a6? 13.Bxh5! Rh8 14.Bxg6 Bxh4 15.Bxf2+ KxB 16.O-O+! and wins.
Apr-27-12  maxi: Perhaps Capa did see 15.Nxd5 exd5 16.e6 and rejected it. It very likely that 15.Rdf1 Rh7 16.Rf3 Qa5 16.Rhf1 is stronger and may even win. However, his move 16.Qf4 (instead of 16.Rf3) does not look very precise at all.
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  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in Brooklyn, New York on March 7, 1924.

Capablanca scored +25=4-4.

Source is <Capablanca> by Winter.

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