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Newell Williams Banks vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Rice Memorial (1916), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Jan-18
Spanish Game: Exchange. Alekhine Variation (C68)  ·  0-1


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Feb-25-12  RookFile: White deserves a dope slap for 16. f4, but Capa played with his usual ruthless precision in converting the win. Notice how he avoided the cute stalemate trap on move 50.
Feb-17-13  prithviraj: white is completely hopeless...he couldn't even do simple calculations
Feb-17-13  JimNorCal: Newell Banks was the world champ of checkers/draughts, right? Too much to expect him to hold against Capa.
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  maxi: We have here a blunder by Capa in the endgame, a seldom seen occurrence. When playing his 47th move, Capa could have played the obvious 47...b3, which forces an immediate resignation. But instead he made a weak move, 47...Rxg7, based on the idea that 48.Rxa2 Rg3+ wins the White Rook, true, but it is also stalemate. Since he had a a two-pawn advantage he still could easily win. As Alekhine noticed years later, Capa was a bit over-complacent.
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  TheFocus: Perhaps Capa was short of time.
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  maxi: Perhaps, but being the 47th move, it is unlikely.
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