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Jose Raul Capablanca vs C F Haussmann
"Skull Full of Mush" (game of the day Aug-10-12)
Simul (1918)  ·  Bird Opening: Dutch Variation (A03)  ·  1-0
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Aug-10-12
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  Phony Benoni: OK, had to look this pun up. Looks like it's based on a saying of law Professor Kingsfield from the movie, "The Paper Chase"

<You come in here with a skull full of mush and you leave thinking like a lawyer.>

Kingsfield was played by John Houseman.

Aug-10-12  saiprasad: Closed positions are so lovely to watch and that too when Knights are so active.
Aug-10-12  Oceanlake: Should have been a game in My System; a6 was the cherry on top.
Aug-10-12
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  HeMateMe: Way to go, Benoni. That was a subtle pun, most would not have remembered Kingsfield. Quite a good movie, and not a bad TV show, either.

"They get good moves the old fashioned way--They EEAAARRRN them".

Aug-10-12
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  joe1137: Capa passed on 17. Nh6+ and 18. Nf7+ winning the exchange. He must have concluded the N was more useful than the land locked R on d8 in this position.
Aug-10-12  psmith: <joe1137> 17. Nh6+ Kh8 18. Nf7+ Rxf7 and then?
Aug-10-12
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  talisman: <saiprasad> welcome to chessgames...
Aug-10-12  twin phoenix: I, too, thought this game reminded me of Nimzo and "his system." Capa was a great player! for those that think of him as an ending master only this is a great game that showed his more tactical side.
Aug-10-12
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  Chessmensch: Black allowed a lot of weak squares for Capablanca to have his way with.
Aug-10-12
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  kevin86: The rook will soon be won for nothing.

Rush Limbaugh and others have used the Houseman quote.

Aug-10-12  Moszkowski012273: 31....Qg7 looks horrible, why not Qf5?
Aug-10-12  YoungEd: Even though Capablanca only played Bird's Opening rarely, he gets a dream position here. This game is a good example of why some players like 1. f4 so much--the attack almost plays itself--when it works, that is!
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