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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Sidney Miller Ballou
"The Ballad of Capa - Ballou" (game of the day Mar-13-2019)
Simul, 26b (1915) (exhibition), Washington, D.C. USA, Nov-20
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Steinitz Deferred (C79)  ·  1-0
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Nov-22-15
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  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in Washington, D.C. on March 2, 1915.

Capablanca scored +14=1-1.

Nov-22-15
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  MissScarlett: Caparros states this and Capablanca vs S M Ballou, 1915 were played on March 2, 1915. Do you think it likely Ballou took two boards in the same simul?
Nov-23-15
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  TheFocus: No. As Capa played in DC on March 1 & 2, he either played in both exhibitions, and one is misdated, or a relative with the same initial played in the March 2 display.

If these games were noted in newspaper articles, it might clear matters up.

Nov-23-15
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  MissScarlett: Game info has:

<[Event "Simul, 26b"]
[Site "Washington, District of Columbia USA"]
[Date "1915.11.20"]>

I should know, I put it there.

Nov-23-15
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  TheFocus: <Miss Scarlett> Good work then.
Nov-23-15
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  TheFocus: <Miss Scarlett> After mulling it over, I have decided to accept your advice and will stop posting stuff on Capablanca.

I am finding that Caparros has many mistakes and he is my major source.

I think you have pointed out three mistakes so far. As a big fan of Capablanca, I don't want to spread false information.

Nov-25-15  thomastonk: The result of the above discussion was unsatisfactory for me, because I missed a source for the date. So, I tried to find one.

I found the game on page 3 of the January 1916 issue of the "American Chess Bulletin". It had the following comment:

"(Won by Sidney Ballou from Capablanca in the latter's recent simultaneous exhibition at the Washington Chess and Whist Club.)"

Okay, this adds some information as well as some confusion, because the game score shows that Capablanca won.

From Hooper's and Brandreth's list of Capablanca's simultaneous exhibitions, see http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/..., one can see that there is only one occasion that could be called recent: the exhibition on November 20, 1915, where Capablanca scored +25, -0, =1.

On the same page of the "ACB" the game Capablanca vs A W Fox, 1915 was printed with this comment:

"(Drawn by A.W. Fox against Capablanca in his exhibition at the Washington Chess and Whist Club.)"

So, both games were played at the same event. The latter game can be dated more easily: it was published in the "Washigton Post" of November 28, 1915. There also Capablanca's result +25, -0, =1 is mentioned.

Now I am satisfied.

Mar-13-19
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  ChessHigherCat: According to FishStick, Hulla Ballou had a significant advantage on move 35 (-0.96):


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but then threw it away by playing 35...d3 instead of Rg8.

Mar-13-19
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  Phony Benoni: If a normal player like Ballou is up 0.,96 against Capablanca, the only person with a significant advantage is Capblanca.

What really interested me about this game was White's play after that point. Did Black have an escape?

Mar-13-19
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  ChessHigherCat: Here's FishStick's master plan but it's not very high ply (and like low ply toilet paper, it's often rather tenuous):

1) -0.96 (27 ply) 35...Rg8 36.b3 d3 37.Re1 Rd8 38.Qc4 Qxc4 39.bxc4 Rxd6 40.Kf2 Kg7 41.Ke3 d2 42.Rd1 Kh6 43.Rxd2 Rxd2 44.Kxd2 Kg5 45.Ke2 Kxf5 46.Kf3 Ke5 47.Ke3 f5 48.a3 a5 49.a4 h6 50.Kd3 f4 51.gxf4+ Kxf4

Mar-13-19
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  sfm: It is hard to see why 43.-,Qd4+ shouldn't at the very least draw.
Mar-13-19
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  sfm: No, not that hard. White swaps queens, checks with the rook, swaps rooks, brings his king to eat the first of Blacks pawns and then win on the q-side majority, giving a remote passed pawn. At least it could be so.
Mar-13-19
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  sfm: It _is_ so.
Mar-13-19
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  MissScarlett: The scurvy wretch has pinched me pun!
Mar-13-19
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  offramp: ‘Tis a good pun.

Are there any Bob ‘n’ Ray fans out there?

<Wally Ballou> would be an alternative.

Mar-13-19
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  offramp: Today’s pun is by PhoneyBenoni and I think it’s superb. One of the best this year. Well done to him for lighting up my morning!

All hail PhoneyBenoni!

Mar-13-19  goodevans: <ChessHigherCat: According to FishStick, Hulla Ballou had a significant advantage on move 35 (-0.96):

but then threw it away by playing 35...d3 instead of Rg8.>

Yes, but Capa's reluctance to settle for a draw handed the advantage back to black. It was two later moves that ultimately led to black's downfall:

<43...Qxa2> This foray left his K too exposed. 43...Qd6 would have secured the K and consolidated his advantage.

<46...Qb3??> Worth two '?'s (IMHO) as white's winning follow up isn't difficult to see. Keeping guard of d4 and e5 was essential.

Not one of Capa's better games.

Mar-13-19  The Kings Domain: Good and tough game for the young Capa.
Mar-13-19
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  saffuna: <"The Ballad of Capa - Ballou">

I'm kinda Fonda this game.

Mar-13-19
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  offramp: Three cheers once again to User: Phony Benoni for his superb pun. His fertile mind has brightened up my day, and in fact he has created one of the greatest puns in world chess history.

What is his patreon account?

All hail User: Phony Benoni!!

Mar-13-19
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  Phony Benoni: Though it's nice to hear, you are all far too kind to the pun. The idea is obvious, and has been mentioned before:

Capablanca vs S M Ballou, 1915 (kibitz #2)

But you still made me feel good. Thanks.

Mar-13-19
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  offramp: Down with User: Phony Benoni!
Mar-13-19
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  yiotta: Uh-oh, the rabble is rousing...
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