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Capablanca 
 
Jose Raul Capablanca
Number of games in database: 833
Years covered: 1893 to 1940
Overall record: +379 -47 =265 (74.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      142 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (75) 
    C66 C88 C83 C62 C77
 Orthodox Defense (58) 
    D63 D51 D52 D64 D61
 Queen's Gambit Declined (46) 
    D30 D37 D31 D38
 Queen's Pawn Game (32) 
    D02 D00 D05 D04 A50
 French Defense (28) 
    C12 C01 C11 C14 C00
 Four Knights (22) 
    C49 C48 C47
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (52) 
    D67 D53 D64 D63 D51
 Ruy Lopez (46) 
    C66 C77 C68 C73 C88
 Queen's Pawn Game (37) 
    A46 D02 D00 D05 E10
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E24 E34 E23 E40 E37
 Queen's Indian (17) 
    E16 E12 E15 E18
 Slav (17) 
    D19 D17 D12 D15 D10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 1-0
   Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 1-0
   O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 0-1
   Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1927 0-1
   Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921 0-1
   Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929 1-0
   Capablanca vs M Fonaroff, 1918 1-0
   Capablanca vs J Corzo, 1901 1-0
   Capablanca vs NN, 1918 1-0
   Janowski vs Capablanca, 1916 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Lasker - Capablanca World Championship Match (1921)
   Capablanca - Alekhine World Championship Match (1927)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Capablanca - Marshall (1909)
   New York Masters (1915)
   Rice Memorial (1916)
   American National (1913)
   New York (1918)
   Hastings (1919)
   London (1922)
   Budapest (1929)
   New York (1927)
   Moscow (1936)
   Havana (1913)
   St Petersburg (1914)
   New York (1924)
   Karlsbad (1929)
   Moscow (1925)

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   Capablanca´s Official Games (1901-1939) Part I by capablancakarpov
   Capablanca's Best Chess Endings by refutor
   Capablanca's Best Chess Endings (Irving Chernev) by nightgaunts
   Chess World Champion Nr. 3: Capablanca by Olanovich
   Capablanca vs the World Champions Decisive Games by visayanbraindoctor
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1920-1939 (Part 2) by Anatoly21
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   On the shoulders of giants by ughaibu

GAMES ANNOTATED BY CAPABLANCA: [what is this?]
   Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921
   Lasker vs Schlechter, 1910
   Capablanca vs Lasker, 1921
   Capablanca vs Lasker, 1921
   Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1913
   >> 27 GAMES ANNOTATED BY CAPABLANCA

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JOSE RAUL CAPABLANCA
(born Nov-19-1888, died Mar-08-1942, 53 years old) Cuba

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José Raúl Capablanca y Graupera was the third World Champion, reigning from 1921 until 1927. Renowned for the simplicity of his play, his legendary endgame prowess, accuracy, and the speed of his play, he earned the nickname of the "Human Chess Machine".

Background

Capablanca, the second son of a Spanish Army officer, was born in Havana. He learned to play at an early age by watching his father and defeated Cuban Champion Juan Corzo in an informal match in 1901 by 6.5-5.5 (+4 −3 =5), turning 13 years of age during the match. Despite this and despite taking 4th place in the first Cuban Championship in 1902, he did not focus on chess until 1908 when he left Columbia University where he had enrolled to study chemical engineering and play baseball. He did, however, join the Manhattan Chess Club in 1905, soon establishing his dominance in rapid chess. He won a rapid chess tournament in 1906 ahead of the World Champion Emanuel Lasker, and played many informal games against him. Within a year or two of dropping out of university and after playing simultaneous exhibitions in dozens of US cities, winning over 95% of his games, Capablanca had established himself as one of the top players in the world, especially after the Capablanca - Marshall (1909) New York match exhibition win 15-8 (+8 -1 =14).

Tournaments

Capablanca won the 1910 New York State Championship by defeating co-leader Charles Jaffe in a tiebreaker match. In 1911, he placed second in the National Tournament in New York, with 9½ out of 12, half a point behind Marshall, and half a point ahead of Jaffe and Oscar Chajes. There followed Capablanca’s ground breaking win at San Sebastian (1911) with 9.5/14 (+6 -1 =7), ahead of Akiba Rubinstein and Milan Vidmar on 9, Marshall on 8.5, and other luminaries such as Carl Schlechter , Siegbert Tarrasch and Ossip Bernstein. Before the tournament, Aron Nimzowitsch protested the unknown Capablanca’s involvement in the event, but the latter demonstrated his credentials by defeating Nimzowitsch in in their game. Winning at San Sebastian was only the second time a player had won a major tournament at his first attempt since Harry Nelson Pillsbury ’s triumph at Hastings in 1895, and it provided a powerful boost to his credibility to challenge for the world title. He did so, but the match did not take place for another 10 years.

In early 1913, Capablanca won a tournament in New York with 11/13 (+10 -1 =2), half a point ahead of Marshall. Capablanca then finished second with 10/14 (+8 -2 =4), a half point behind Marshall in Havana, losing one of their individual games, rumour having it that he asked the mayor to clear the room so that no-one would see him resign. Returning to New York, Capablanca won all thirteen games at the New York tournament of 1913, played at the Rice Chess Club. 1914 saw the <"tournament of champions"> played at St. Petersburg. Capablanca, with 13/18 (+10 -2 =6), came second behind Lasker and well ahead of Alexander Alekhine on 10, Tarrasch on 8.5 and Marshall on 8.

After the outbreak of World War I, Capablanca stayed in New York and won tournaments held there in 1915 (13/14 (+12 -0 =2)), 1916 (14/17 (+12 -1 =4)) and 1918 (10.5/12 (+9 =3)). During the New York 1918 tournament, Marshall played his prepared Marshall Attack of the Ruy Lopez* against Capablanca, but Capablanca worked his way through the complications and won. Soon after the war, Capablanca crossed the Atlantic to decisively win the Hastings Victory tournament 1919 with 10.5/11, a point ahead of Borislav Kostic.

Capablanca did not play another tournament until 1922, the year after he won the title from Lasker. During his reign, he won London 1922 with 13/15 (no losses), 1.5 points ahead of Alekhine; placed second behind Lasker at New York 1924 (suffering his first loss in eight years – to Richard Reti – since his 1916 lost to Oscar Chajes); placed 3rd at Moscow in 1925 behind Efim Bogoljubov and Lasker respectively with +9 =9 -2; won at Lake Hopatcong (New York) 1926 with 6/8 (+4 =4), a point ahead of Abraham Kupchik; and won at New York in 1927 with 14/20 (+10 -1 =9), 2.5 points clear of Alekhine, his last tournament before his title match with Alekhine. During the latter tournament, Capablanca, Alekhine, Rudolf Spielmann, Milan Vidmar, Nimzowitsch and Marshall played a quadruple round robin, wherein Capablanca finished undefeated, winning the mini-matches with each of his rivals, 2½ points ahead of second-placed Alekhine, and won the "best game" prize for a win over Spielmann. This result, plus the fact that Alekhine had never defeated him in a game, made him a strong favourite to retain his title in the upcoming match against Alekhine. However, Alekhine's superior preparation prevailed against Capablanca's native talent.

After losing the title, Capablanca settled in Paris and engaged in a flurry of tournament competition aimed at improving his chances for a rematch with Alekhine. However the latter dodged him, refusing to finalise negotiations for a rematch, boycotting events that included Capablanca, and insisting that Capablanca not be invited to tournaments in which he participated. In 1928, Capablanca won at Budapest with 7/9 (+5 =4), a point ahead of Marshall, and at Berlin with 8.5/12 (+5 =7), 1.5 points ahead of Nimzowitsch; he also came second at Bad Kissingen with 7/11 (+4 -1 =6), after Bogoljubov. In 1929, Capablanca won at Ramsgate with 5.5/7 (+4 =3) ahead of Vera Menchik and Rubinstein, at Budapest with 10.5/13 (+8 =5), and at Barcelona with 13.5/14, two points clear of Savielly Tartakower; he also came equal second with Spielmann and behind Nimzowitsch at Carlsbad with 14.5/21 (+10 -2 =9). He won at the 1929-30 Hastings tournament and came second at Hastings in 1930-31, behind Max Euwe, his only loss being to Mir Sultan Khan. Several months later he won New York for the last time, this time with a score of 10/11 (+9 =2) ahead of Isaac Kashdan.

Perhaps discouraged by his inability to secure a rematch with Alekhine, there followed a hiatus for over three years before he reentered the fray with a fourth placing at Hastings in 1934-35 with 5.5/9 (+4 -2 =3), behind Sir George Alan Thomas, Euwe and Salomon Flohr but ahead of Mikhail Botvinnik and Andre Lilienthal. In 1935, he secured 4th place in Moscow with 12/19 (+7 -2 =10), a point behind Botvinnik and Flohr, and a half point behind the evergreen Lasker. Also in 1935, he came second at Margate with 7/9 (+6 -1 =2), half a point behind Samuel Reshevsky. 1936 was a very successful year, coming 2nd at Margate with 7/9 (+5 =4), a half point behind Flohr, but then he moved up a gear to take Moscow with 13/18 (+8 =10), a point ahead of Botvinnik who in turn was 2.5 points ahead of Flohr, and then came =1st with Botvinnik at the famous Nottingham tournament, with 10/14 (+7 -1 =6) ahead of Euwe, Reuben Fine and Reshevsky on 9.5, and Flohr and Lasker on 8.5. These latter two results were the only tournaments in which he finished ahead of Lasker, which enhanced his chances of challenging for the title, but a challenge to World Champion Euwe was out of the question until after the Euwe - Alekhine World Championship Rematch (1937) , which was won by Alekhine. In 1937, Capablanca came =3rd with Reshevsky at Semmering with 7.5/14 (+2 -1 =11) behind Paul Keres and Fine and in 1938 he won the Paris tournament with 8/10 (+6 =4) ahead of Nicolas Rossolimo. The worst result of his career occurred at the AVRO tournament which was played in several cities in the Netherlands in 1938, placing 7th out of 8 players with 6/14 (+2 -4 =8), the only time he ever had a negative score in a tournament. His health in this tournament was fragile as he had suffered severe hypertension, which affected his concentration towards the end of his games; he may have also suffered a slight stroke halfway through the tournament. Traveling between the numerous cities in which the tournament was played was also hard on the ageing master. In 1939 he played his last tournament at Margate, placing =2nd with Flohr on 6.5/9 (+4 =5) a point behind Keres. Shortly afterwards, he finished his playing career – albeit unknowingly - in a blaze of glory by winning gold with +7 =9 on board one for Cuba at the 8th Olympiad in Buenos Aires.

Matches

In addition to the informal match against Corzo in 1901 and the exhibition match against Marshall in 1909 (see above), Capablanca played a three game match against Charles Jaffe in New York in 1912, winning two and drawing one, and won the first game of a match against Chajes before the latter withdrew from the match. In 1914, he defeated Ossip Bernstein 1.5-0.5, Tartakower by 1.5-0.5 and Andre Aurbach by 2-0. On his way to the 1914 tournament in St Petersburg, he played two-game matches against Richard Teichmann and Jacques Mieses in Berlin, winning all his games. Once he reached Saint Petersburg, he played similar matches against Alexander Alekhine, Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky and Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky, losing one game to Znosko-Borovsky and winning the rest. In 1919, Capablanca accepted a challenge to a match from Borislav Kostić who had come second at New York in 1918 without dropping a game. The match was to go to the first player to win eight games, but Kostić resigned the match, played in Havana, after losing five straight games. In late 1931, just before his temporary retirement from top level chess, Capablanca also won a match (+2 −0 =8) against Euwe.

World Championship

Capablanca’s win at San Sebastian in 1911 provided the results and the impetus for Capablanca to negotiate with Lasker for a title match, but some of Lasker’s conditions were unacceptable to Capablanca, especially one requiring the challenger to win by two points to take the title, while the advent of World War I delayed the match. In 1920, Lasker and Capablanca agreed to play the title match in 1921, but a few months later, former was ready to surrender the title without a contest, saying, "You have earned the title not by the formality of a challenge, but by your brilliant mastery." A significant stake ($25,000, $13,000 guaranteed to Lasker) was raised that induced Lasker to play in Havana where Capablanca won the Lasker - Capablanca World Championship Match (1921) - without losing a game - after Lasker resigned from the match when trailing by 4 games, the first time a World Champion had lost his title without winning a game until the victory by Vladimir Kramnik in the Kasparov - Kramnik World Championship Match (2000). From 1921 to 1923, Alekhine, Rubinstein and Nimzowitsch all challenged Capablanca, but only Alekhine could raise the money stipulated in the so-called “London Rules”, which these players had signed in 1921. A group of Argentinean businessmen, backed by a guarantee from the president of Argentina, promised the funds for a World Championship match between Capablanca and Alekhine, and once the deadline for Nimzowitsch to lodge a deposit for a title match had passed, the title match was agreed to, beginning in September 1927. Capablanca lost the Capablanca - Alekhine World Championship Match (1927) at Buenos Aires in 1927 by +3 -6 =25 in the longest title match ever, until it was surpassed by the legendary Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1984). The match lasted over ten weeks, taking place behind closed doors, thus precluding spectators and photographers. All but two of the 34 games opened with the Queen's Gambit Declined. Before Capablanca and Alekhine left Buenos Aires after the match, they agreed in principle to stage a rematch, with Alekhine essentially sticking with the conditions initially imposed by Capablanca. Despite on-again off-again negotiations over the next 13 years, the rematch never materialised, with Alekhine playing two title matches each against Bogolyubov and Euwe in the subsequent decade. While Capablanca and Alekhine were both representing their countries at the Buenos Aires Olympiad in 1939, an attempt was made by Augusto de Muro, the President of the Argentine Chess Federation, to arrange a World Championship match between the two. Alekhine declined, saying he was obliged to be available to defend his adopted homeland, France, as World War II had just broken out. A couple of days prior to this, Capablanca had declined to play when his Cuban team played France, headed by Alekhine, in the Olympiad.

Simultaneous exhibitions

Capablanca’s legendary speed of play lent itself to the rigours of simultaneous play, and he achieved great success in his exhibitions. From December 1908 through February 1909, Capablanca toured the USA and in 10 exhibitions he won 168 games in a row before losing a game in Minneapolis; his final tally for that tour was 734 games, winning 96.7% (+703 =19 -12). In March and April 1911, Capablanca toured Europe for the first time, giving exhibitions in France and Germany scoring +234=33-19. Once completed, he proceeded to San Sebastian and his historic victory before again touring Europe via its cities of Rotterdam, Liden, Middleburg, Hauge, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Berlin, Breslau, Allenstein, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Stuttgart, Mannheim, Frankfurt, Paris, London and Birmingham at the end of which his tally was +532=66-54. After he received his job as a roving ambassador-at-large from the Cuban Foreign Office, Capablanca played a series of simuls in London, Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Riga, Moscow, Kiev, and Vienna on his way to St Petersburg in 1914, tallying +769=91-86. In 1922, Capablanca gave a simultaneous exhibition in Cleveland against 103 opponents, the largest in history up to that time, winning 102 and drawing one – setting a record for the best winning percentage ever – 99.5% - in a large simultaneous exhibition. In 1925 Capablanca gave a simultaneous exhibition in Leningrad and won every game but one, a loss against 12 year old Mikhail Botvinnik, whom he predicted would one day be champion. Capablanca still holds the record for the most games ever completed in simultaneous exhibitions, playing and completing 13545 games between 1901-1940.**

Legacy, testimonials and life

Soon after gaining the title, Capablanca married Gloria Simoni Betancourt in Havana. They had a son, José Raúl Jr., in 1923 and a daughter, Gloria, in 1925. His father died in 1923 and mother in 1926. In 1937 he divorced Gloria and in 1938 married Olga Chagodayev, a Russian princess.

Capablanca's famous “invincible” streak extended from February 10, 1916, when he lost to Oscar Chajes in the New York 1916 tournament, to March 21, 1924, when he lost to Richard Réti in the New York International tournament. During this time he played 63 games, winning 40 and drawing 23, including his successful title match against Lasker. Between 1914 and his World Championship match against Alekhine, Capablanca had only lost four games of the 158 match and tournament games he had played. In match, team match, and tournament play from 1909 to 1939 he scored +318=249-34. Only Spielmann held his own (+2 −2 =8) against Capablanca, apart from Keres who had a narrow plus score against him (+1 −0 =5) due to his win at the AVRO 1938 tournament, during which the ailing Capablanca turned 50, while Keres was 22.

Capablanca played himself in Chess Fever http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0015673/, a short film shot by V. Pudovkin at the 1925 Moscow tournament. The film can be seen at http://video.google.com/videoplay?d....

On 7 March 1942, Capablanca collapsed at the Manhattan Chess Club and he was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died the next morning from "a cerebral haemorrhage provoked by hypertension". Emanuel Lasker had died in the same hospital the year before. Capablanca's body was given a public funeral in Havana's Colón Cemetery a week later, with President Batista taking personal charge of the funeral arrangements.

Capablanca proposed a new chess variant, played on a 10x10 board or a 10x8 board. He introduced two new pieces. The chancellor had the combined moves of a rook and knight (the piece could move like a rook or a knight). The other piece was the archbishop that had the combined moves of a bishop and knight.

Capablanca‘s style also heavily influenced the styles of later World Champions Botvinnik, Robert James Fischer and Anatoly Karpov. Botvinnik observed that Alekhine had received much schooling from Capablanca in positional play, before their fight for the world title made them bitter enemies. While not a theoretician as such, he wrote several books including A Primer of Chess, Chess Fundamentals and My Chess Career.

Alekhine: <…Capablanca was snatched from the chess world much too soon. With his death, we have lost a very great chess genius whose like we shall never see again.>

Lasker: <I have known many chess players, but only one chess genius: Capablanca.>

Notes

Capablanca occasionally played consultation on the team consisting of Reti / Capablanca.

Sources:

Bill Wall's Chess Master Profiles - http://www.geocities.com/siliconval...; Edward Winter's article A Question of Credibiity: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...; Chess Corner's article on Capablanca: http://www.chesscorner.com/worldcha... and <kingcrusher>'s online article at http://www.gtryfon.demon.co.uk/bcc/.... A list of books about Capablanca can be found at http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/....

* Ruy Lopez, Marshall (C89) ** http://www.fide.com/component/conte...

Wikipedia article: José Raúl Capablanca


 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 833  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. R Iglesias vs Capablanca 0-138 1893 Odds game000 Chess variants
2. J Corzo vs Capablanca ½-½20 1901 Capablanca - CorzoC25 Vienna
3. Capablanca vs J Corzo ½-½61 1901 Capablanca - CorzoA80 Dutch
4. Capablanca vs M Sterling  1-030 1901 HavanaC01 French, Exchange
5. A Fiol vs Capablanca 0-136 1901 Habana (Cuba)C55 Two Knights Defense
6. Capablanca vs J Corzo 1-059 1901 Capablanca - CorzoA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
7. Capablanca vs J Corzo ½-½49 1901 Capablanca - CorzoD00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. M Sterling vs Capablanca  ½-½50 1901 HavanaC77 Ruy Lopez
9. J Corzo vs Capablanca 1-027 1901 Capablanca - CorzoC52 Evans Gambit
10. J Corzo vs Capablanca 0-168 1901 Capablanca - CorzoC49 Four Knights
11. Capablanca vs J Corzo ½-½28 1901 Capablanca - CorzoA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
12. Capablanca vs E Corzo 1-042 1901 Havana casualC40 King's Knight Opening
13. J Corzo vs Capablanca ½-½41 1901 Capablanca - CorzoC42 Petrov Defense
14. Capablanca vs J Corzo 0-146 1901 Capablanca - CorzoA80 Dutch
15. Capablanca vs J Corzo 1-060 1901 Capablanca - CorzoD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. J Corzo vs Capablanca 0-126 1901 Capablanca - CorzoC25 Vienna
17. Capablanca vs J Corzo 0-129 1901 Capablanca - CorzoC47 Four Knights
18. J Corzo vs Capablanca 1-041 1901 Havana casualB01 Scandinavian
19. J Corzo vs Capablanca ½-½40 1901 Capablanca - CorzoC67 Ruy Lopez
20. A Ettlinger vs Capablanca 0-153 1901 Havana casualC45 Scotch Game
21. Capablanca vs J Corzo 0-160 1901 Havana casualC45 Scotch Game
22. Capablanca vs E Corzo 0-130 1901 Havana casualC40 King's Knight Opening
23. J A Blanco vs Capablanca 0-177 1901 Habana (Cuba)C55 Two Knights Defense
24. E Corzo vs Capablanca 0-137 1902 Havana,C39 King's Gambit Accepted
25. E Corzo vs Capablanca 0-136 1902 Havana casualC10 French
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Nov-21-14  Petrosianic: <There were no special blitz clocks.>

Not even for really special players?

Nov-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: "Clocks in those days were not able to count down SECONDS like clocks today."

In the 1930's they had a talking clock you could phone up.

"On the third stroke you will have 27 seconds left for the remainder of your game."

Back then Botvinnik's pre game rutual was to kiss his wife, get his trainer to blow smoke in his face and be handed 100 pennies so he could use the talking clock.

Reports of a drunken Alekhine trying to chat up the talking clock lady have remained unproven.

Nov-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <maxi: Changing the subject, the NYTimes closed its Sunday chess column. Do they perceive chess as being out of fashion?>

Chess has been out of fashion for 30 years, if not 300. But a print chess column is kind of silly in the internet age.

Nov-21-14  Petrosianic: Right, it's newspapers that are out of fashion, more than chess. With the internet, nobody gets their news from the New Zork Times chess column any more.
Nov-21-14
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  maxi: You have a point there, <keypusher>. I guess it's just that I have a soft spot in my heart for the NYT chess column. When I was a kid I used to cut/photocopy the columns and collect them. At the time it was not easy to get chess info. You basically had to have the dough to shell for a subscription to one of the chess magazines. My dad didn't care much for chess so there you go.
Nov-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: How are we going to live without newspapers? Or books with pages that actually turn? Or record stores? Or even smoke shops (let alone joke shops).

I was sad when the liner notes to albums became too small to read.

The precursor to all these catastrophes, the harbinger of end-of-days, was the demise of the classical record specialty shop.

It was only a matter of time after that.

Nov-21-14
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  zanzibar: <<TheFocus> Clocks in those days were not able to count down SECONDS like clocks today.>

And another charming feature from the past gone forever - the raise and fall of the flag. Oh the drama and charm that little arm had.

Nov-21-14
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  Sally Simpson: Ah yes, the flag.

Up it rose like an executioner's axe turning rational thinking humans into gibbering wrecks.

There is a joke near where I live, I'm it's best customer. But alas the tobacco shop has gone, so has my favourite record shop. It's now a 2nd hand computer joint.

There used to an Origami shop near me as well....it folded.

Nov-22-14
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  visayanbraindoctor: <maxi> I was thinking more about possible reasons why the games of Capablanca and Fischer look so similar, ranging from the weird to the practical.

Weird: Fischer was the reincarnation of Capablanca. Except it would not work because when Fischer was born Capa was still alive. So maybe Capa's spirit just happened to possess the baby Fischer. (",)

Practical: Both tended to play the objectively best moves. 'Playing the board', not the man.

I would speculate that as humans approach computer-like play, only trying out the best moves, then styles would begin to converge. One can only choose among a narrow range of moves. The different choices for different ways to play begin to decrease. From a broad highway with multiple exits full of mudholes, one goes into a narrow side road paved with shiny gold bricks.

That's why computers look to me as all having the same style. They tend to eventually zero in on the opponent's weaknesses, and they don't miss tactical shots. Capablanca and Fischer at their prime tended to play that way.

Nov-22-14
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  Benzol: <Weird: Fischer was the reincarnation of Capablanca. Except it would not work because when Fischer was born Capa was still alive.>

Why wouldn't it work? I thought Bobby was born 9th March 1943 and Capablanca died 8th March 1942. Have I got the math wrong?

Nov-22-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: You have it right Benzol.

Some sects believe that the reincarnate will be reborn in another body one year and one day after death.

Personally I don't hold much stock in the reincarnation theory. It's the maths I'm have trouble with.

Everyday the world's population is growing. Just where are all these extra people coming from?

Nov-22-14
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  Benzol: I can't say I believe in the reincarnation theory either but thought it was mathematically possible.

:)

Nov-22-14
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  Sally Simpson: Ten reason's Why Booby Fischer is not the Reincarnation of Capablanca.

1. "I never play 1.d4 on principle."

2. Capa reckoned the Sicilian was nearly uplayable - "It's full of holes." (Though he did play it from time to time.)

3. Fischer ignored women - Capa adored them.

4....er....that's it.

Actually I may do better gving to you 10 reasons why Fischer IS the reincarnate of Capablanca. But I won't bother, I don't believe in reincarnation.

Nov-22-14
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  maxi: I have memories that go to my four years old, and I remember remembering things I had not lived. But there are many explanations for this that do not involve reincarnation. In any event, one thing you cannot argue against reincarnation is that you now need many new souls. The universe is vast, with tens of billions of galaxies, all of them with billions of suns. There could be infinities of souls in it.

As far as what <visayanbraindoctor> mentions, of the similarity of the games of Capa and Fischer, I find a great similarity in their 24-carat objectivity and in their brilliance. But I am not so sure that they share the same style. The explanation is probably what Visa himself writes, that excellent players often play similar moves.

Nov-22-14
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Maxi,

"The universe is vast, with tens of billions of galaxies, all of them with billions of suns. There could be infinities of souls in it."

I think the bigest shock we are going to get is when we find out and accept that we are totally alone. There is nothing out there.

We are freaks! We should not be here, we do not fit in. If we never happened Earth would be a total paradise.

Nothing depends on us, every creature on the planet would get along just fine and indeed thrive a lot better if we were simply not here.

Freaks, an accident of nature, an infestation and nature will one day take us out. It has too.

So it's us v nature. I vote we colonise Mars and from there nuke Earth to smitherins just to show how clever we are.

Nov-22-14
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  maxi: Yeah, we could do that. On the other hand, what we seem intent on doing is to nuke Earth to smitherins while we are still here.
Nov-23-14
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  maxi: Oh, wretched ephemeral race … why do you compel me to tell you what it would be most expedient for you not to hear? What is best of all is utterly beyond your reach: not to be born, not to be, to be nothing. But the second best for you is—to die soon.
Nov-23-14
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Maxi,

Some of us have to get off the planet so we can spread misery thoughout the Universe. Maybe that is our sole purpose. We are good at killing things - we have it down to a very fine art.

These other life forms out there wil be viewing us as space monsters.

No wonder they want to stay hidden. If we find out where they live we will wipe them out. (or give them a good dose of religion so they can wipe themsleves out.)

Nature is fighting back - google 'Asteroid 2029' it's the size of Everest, travelling at 23,000mph and has our name on it.

I wonder if they will find a good gambit v the London System before it hits. That is all that concerns me.

Nov-23-14
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  maxi: It is comforting to me that you keep your priorities in order. I am turning off the station.
Nov-23-14
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  visayanbraindoctor: <Benzol> Thanks for the correction.

<Sally Simpson, maxi> Thank you also. A very fascinating celestial conversation.

Nov-25-14
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  maxi: <visayanbraindoctor>: Yes it was. Thank you, doctor. And I would like to also thank <Sally Simpson> and all the others for an entertaining evening.
Dec-06-14  ljfyffe: Hilbert:Writings in Chess History 2012: <...Saturday, October 22, 1910, Capablanca faced nineteen opponents at the Franklin. The future world champion finished the evening with a record of15-2, with 2 draws. Stasch Mlotkowski, then Pennsylvania State Champion, easoneof the Cuban's conquerors, wbile Shipley managed one of the draws....Ramsey noted, with what perhaps which have been a touch of sour grapes, that "Capablanca score was helped by the rule compelling the Black player to move immediately upon Capablanca's appearance at the board. While this is a fair rule for the most part, it worked considetable hardship on Capablanca's opponents toward the end of the play when most of the games had been finished, as he is probably the finest quick player in the world, and he used this advantage very shrewdly against his opponents who had lastest longest, forcing them practically to play skittles against him in difficult end positions.>
Dec-06-14  ljfyffe: <was one of> <lasted>
Dec-06-14  RookFile: That's pretty much always the rule, no matter who is giving the simul.
Dec-06-14
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  Sally Simpson: Usually towards the end when there are just a few players left the simul player slows down and allows their opponent some more time.

I recently saw Topalov giving a simul and he did just that. Also towards the end one opponent was not feeling too well and wanted to resign. Topalov refused his resignation and offered a draw.

I can imagine Capa may have been in a spot of bother and blitz'd his way out of it.

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