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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Gracie Square Pharmacy Chess Club
"Prescription For Disaster" (game of the day Sep-07-2019)
Simul, 50b (1931) (exhibition), 7th Regiment Armory, New York, NY USA, Feb-12
English Opening: Symmetrical. Four Knights Variation (A35)  ·  1-0


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  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in New York, New York on February 12, 1931.

Capablanca scored +28=16-6.

Source is New York newspapers.

Gracie Square Pharmacy Chess Club team was Willman, Willman, Ferguson and Beck.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Capa had much better with 16.f5! ♗xd4+ 17.♕xd4 gxf5 18.exf5 ♗xf5 19.b4.

27.♖xf6+ was a sound sacrifice but Black defended well for a time and kept his disadvantage to a minimum. 36... ♕c4 was the losing move; 36... b2 had enough counterplay.

40.♘e8+ ♔g8 41.♕f4 was qucicker but the game move was good enough. If Black had not resigned but played 41... ♔h6, White just retreats temporarily with 42. ♘g3 Δ 43. ♕f8+ with a quickly decisive attack.

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  beatgiant: <Jonathan Sarfati> Capablanca may not have liked the looks of 16. f5 <Ne5>, and Black occupies the ideal "hole" on the e5 square.

16. f5 Ne5 17. Bxe5 Bxe5 hits on c3, or 16. f5 Ne5 17. Qe3 Bd7 and the Bishop escapes, although it's true White has achieved a nice kingside space advantage with gain of time.

Sep-03-19  spingo: <TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in New York, New York on February 12, 1931.

Capablanca scored +28=16-6.>

Six losses is a lot for the great Cuban chess genius (by this I mean Capablanca).

When playing against pharmacists, refuse all drinks.

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  OhioChessFan: "Drugstore Cowboys"
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <beatgiant:> Continuing your line:

16.f5 ♘e5 17.♗xe5 ♗xe5 18.fxe6 ♗xc3 19.exf7+ winning a ♖.

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  beatgiant: <Jonathan Sarfati> You're right. Somehow I visualized Black's rook on f8 here.

In that case, the least bad reply to 16. f5 might be your line above, or maybe 16. f5 <Nc5> 17. Qe3 Bxd4 18. Qxd4 Bd7 holding the piece, although Black's knight is in an awkward position with no moves, and again White has a big space advantage with gain of time.

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  OhioChessFan: I withdraw my previous pun attempt and submit:

"Say Goodnight, Gracie"

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  saffuna: Prescription for Disaster.
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  Messiah: <saffuna> Thank you, I plagiarized this pun and submitted.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <beatgiant:> Yes, that line avoids material loss, but as you say, that ♘ looks very off-side there. So unlike the game line, White can play 18.♘d5 with gain of time because of the threat of the fork 19. b4. Even if Black retreats with 18... ♕d8 so b4 is not forking, the ♘ will be pushed even more offside to a4, then f6 will be strong. In the game, Black could play f6 instead.
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  FSR: <saffuna> Good pun!
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  saffuna: <Good pun!>

Too obvious.

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  al wazir: I like "Good night, Gracie."
Sep-07-19  ACMEKINGKRUSHER: Howdy,
I like all the Puns, but LOVE ALL The Details about the game! I wonder IF and HOW Willman & Willman are Related? Brothers, Sisters, Father & Son, Father & Daughter, Mother & Son, Mother and Daughter? Might be Interesting? AKK
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Here: (page 199)

It mentions that there was a mental hospital at Gracie Square and the authors brother 'Robert' was in the same chess club as Bobby Fischer at the Erasmus Hall High School. He adds that Bobby Fischer refused to play his brother because Fischer said his brother 'played crazy.'


Sep-07-19  RandomVisitor: After 15...Nd7

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<41/66 33:59 +2.92 16.f5 Ne5 17.Bxe5 Bxc4> 18.bxc4 Qxe5 19.Rac1 e6 20.fxe6 fxe6 21.Kh1 Rf8 22.Bf3 Qd4 23.Qxd4 Bxd4 24.Bg4 Kg7 25.Bxe6 Rxf1+ 26.Rxf1 Re8 27.Ne2 Rxe6 28.Nxd4 Rxe4 29.Rd1 Kf6 30.Kg1 Ke5 31.Nf3+ Kf4 32.Nd2 Rd4 33.Kf2 Rd3 34.g3+ Kg4 35.Ke2 Ra3 36.Rb1 b5 37.cxb5 axb5 38.Rb2 Kh3 39.Nf1 Kg2 40.Ke1+ Kf3 41.Rd2 Ke4

40/67 33:59 +0.54 16.Kh1 Bxd4 17.Qxd4 f6 18.Rac1 Kh8 19.h3 Rg8 20.Nd5 Rg7 21.a4 Qd8 22.b4 a5 23.c5 axb4 24.cxd6 exd6 25.Nxb4 Nc5 26.e5 Rgc7 27.Rcd1 Rd7 28.exf6 Rf7 29.Qxd6 Qxf6 30.Bg4 Bxg4 31.Qxf6+ Rxf6 32.hxg4 Rcf8 33.Nd5 Rd6 34.Kh2 Rfd8 35.Ne3 Rxd1 36.Rxd1 Rxd1 37.Nxd1 Ne6 38.g5 Nxf4 39.g3

Sep-07-19  RandomVisitor: After 34.Qg5 Qd6 it is Capa who will need a prescription for some pain meds...

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<55/95 47:08 -0.95 35.e5 Qxe5 36.cxb5> axb5 37.h4 Kh7 38.Rd1 Qf6 39.Rd5 Qxg5 40.hxg5 Ra8 41.Rxb5 Rxa2 42.Rb7+ Kg8 43.Rb8+ Kf7 44.Rb7+ Ke8 45.Rb8+ Kd7 46.Rb7+ Kc8 47.Rb4 Ra1+ 48.Kh2 Rd6 49.Kg3 Rf1 50.Rb5 Rc6 51.Rb4 Kd7 52.Rb7+ Kd8 53.Rb8+ Kc7 54.Rb4 Rd6 55.Rb5 Kc6 56.Rb4 Re1 57.Kf2 Rh1 58.Ke3 Kc7 59.Kf2 Kc8 60.Kg3 Ra1 61.Kf2 Rad1 62.Kg3 Kc7 63.Rb5 Kc6 64.Rb8 Rb1 65.Kf2 Rb2+ 66.Kg3 Kc7 67.Rb5 Rc2 68.b4 Kc6 69.Ra5 Kb6 70.Nd5+ Kb7 71.Nf4 Rd4 72.Rc5 Rxc5 73.bxc5 Kc6

Sep-07-19  cunctatorg: "Simul"...

Boy, oh boy!...

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