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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Savielly Tartakower
"The $10,000 Game" (game of the day Feb-07-12)
Casual Game (1938)  ·  Indian Game: Saemisch-Indian (A50)  ·  1-0
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Feb-07-12  Blunderdome: After move 18, Tartakower ripped off his Siegbert Tarrasch mask and screamed, "Fool, it's me!" I guess Olga was sleeping for that part.
Feb-07-12
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  kevin86: it looks like the pawns will win this one...
Feb-07-12
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  Chessmensch: Maybe Romney is placing a bet on the game.
Feb-07-12  capafan: <Once>...thanks for the article. An amazing story about an amazing man. There is a reason I use him as my namesake beyond his legendary abilities at the chessboard.
Feb-07-12
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  Chessmensch: I find it intriguing how wives sometimes outlive their famous husbands by an incredible number of years. In this case, Olga survived Capablanca by 52 years. That's just one year shy of the other one at which I've marveled--Alma's surviving composer Gustav Mahler (who died in 1911) by 53 years. In some ways, Alma's experience was the more unique--she lived through two world wars, the Great Depression, the Korean War, the air travel age and the nuclear age after Gustav's departure.
Feb-07-12
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  keypusher: <chessmensch That's just one year shy of the other one at which I've marveled--Alma's surviving composer Gustav Mahler (who died in 1911) by 53 years. In some ways, Alma's experience was the more unique--she lived through two world wars, the Great Depression, the Korean War, the air travel age and the nuclear age after Gustav's departure.>

Obligatory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH4J...

Feb-07-12  Shelter417: Sweet story. Shame that today he'd be considered a stalker...
Feb-07-12  njchess: Black plays a variation of the Queen's Indian Defense. By playing an early b6 in response to c4, Black forces White to make some choices; namely how to deal with Black's long diagonal and principally his control of e4. Capa's response is simple and direct - 4. f3 which forces a quick resolution of the center.

What I find interesting is that after 14. f4, Black has few good moves, though White's position seems little better with the "bad" bishop and a limited knight. Still, White has a less cramped position and Capa makes the most of his maneuverability.

He trades material on an equal basis, but because Black's position is so cramped, by the time the dust settles at the end of move 24, White's position is much improved if only because Black's has worsened. It is a bit comical to look at the position and see that Black's knight, bishop and king are all on the eighth rank! Not exactly a good place to begin the endgame.

The rest really is vintage Capablanca as he herds Black's minor pieces into the corner. The game is effectively over on move 37 when Tartakower decides to trade his nearly useless bishop.

Feb-07-12  Gambit86: Capa's notation of the game on the actual score sheet is pretty unique. That's a great story too from two great chess players of the past.
Feb-07-12  Penguincw: I guess that's how Capablanca wins games. He exchanges into an endgame, where he can convert pretty much any superior position (and material) into a win.
Feb-07-12
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  TheFocus: <Penguincw> That's how I do it too. I guess Capablanca takes after me!
Feb-07-12  Gambit86: <Penguincw> I agree because Capa's strength was in the endgame where he studied that part of the game most and didn't focus on the opening. Seemed to work well for him. A quote i heard "Openings teach you openings. Endgames teach you chess!" (Stephan Gerzadowicz)
Feb-07-12
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  Prudov: <Chessmensch: I find it intriguing how wives sometimes outlive their famous husbands by an incredible number of years. In this case, Olga survived Capablanca by 52 years. That's just one year shy of the other one at which I've marveled--Alma's surviving composer Gustav Mahler (who died in 1911) by 53 years. In some ways, Alma's experience was the more unique--she lived through two world wars, the Great Depression, the Korean War, the air travel age and the nuclear age after Gustav's departure.>

And another one (also a composer’s widow; no chess, I’m sorry): Valentina Serova (1846-1924) was widow of Alexander Serov (1820-1871). In the 1860’s he was the most successful opera composer in Russia. Like Alma Mahler, Valentina composed herself (two of her operas were staged in Moscow). Valentin Serov, their son, became a famous painter. His father was born during the reign of Alexander I, his mother survived Lenin.

Feb-07-12
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  Chessmensch: Thank you <keypusher> and < Prudov>
Feb-07-12
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  Calli: Have Capablanca game not in the db. It's yours for only $5000.
Feb-07-12
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  maxi: I have a Capablanca game not in the db, only $500. I'll throw in a photo of Capablanca's dog Alexander.
Feb-07-12
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  OhioChessFan: I like to blitz through games and see if anything jumps out at me. 23...Rc2 seems obvious. 23...Rd8 seems pointless. Tossing in Fritz....

At 18 plies, he says 23...Rc2 and 23...Kg7 are equal and 23...Rd8 is about .40 worse.

Mar-10-12
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  PhilFeeley: Does anyone know if Winter sold the score?
Mar-10-12  AlanPardew: Suprisingly enough, there were no takers. If Olga needed the money, I think she'd have done better offering a pair of the great man's jockey briefs. Imagine the sense of strength a chess player would have sitting down to a game in those.
Mar-10-12  AlanPardew: <I like to blitz through games and see if anything jumps out at me.>

No wonder your game isn't improving. Chess is not skittles.

Mar-10-12  beatgiant: <OhioChessFan>
The thing that <jumps out at me> is <26...f5>. Why does Black have to hand White a protected passer like that?
Mar-10-12  Capabal: <Here's where the score was originally posted: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/ >

The direct link to the original score is this:

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Mar-10-12  beatgiant: <OhioChessFan>
The second thing that jumps out at me is why not <31...Ne7> with the plan of playing ...Nf5 and later ...h6, ...g5 to undermine White's pawn chain.
Mar-10-12  King Death: < AlanPardew: <I like to blitz through games and see if anything jumps out at me.> No wonder your game isn't improving. Chess is not skittles.>

Maybe <OCF> doesn't care about improving and enjoys chess for its own sake, there's nothing wrong with that.

Apr-19-12
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  offramp: When reading Olga's account of the origin of this game, one would have to have a heart of stone not to puke one's guts up.
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