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Rafael Blanco Estera vs Abraham Kupchik
Havana (1913), Havana CUB, rd 3, Feb-18
Scotch Game: Classical Variation (C45)  ·  1-0

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Oct-18-07  Quantzo: I first saw this game in "An Invitation to Chess" by Irving Chernev & Kenneth Harkness. As always, Chernev's enthusiasm is contagious. This is a great beginner's book that should be converted to algebraic notation and reprinted.
May-08-08  Whitehat1963: A different type of Monday/Tuesday puzzle after 27...Nb6.
Nov-01-11  SeanBurdine: Why bother converting into junk notation? I own a copy of the book and it's wonderful as is. This game was played well by both men but once Blanco got the passed pawn there wasn't a whole lot Kupchik could do, especially since Blanco exchanged off a lot of the wood before he started advancing it.
Jul-27-14  Amarande: A stark illustration of the importance of luft in a Rook's ending, as the win is an order of magnitude faster only because of the 30 a7! back rank mate tactic.

The game is still won without it (30 Rb6 would suffice, as the threat of a7 pins the Black Rook to the file, so the d-pawn is doomed and the two outside passed pawns should be decisive) but how much slower it would have been, had Black the opportunity to advance a King's side pawn. The question arises though, when would he? I'm not surprised this game was used as an illustrative introduction for beginners, as not only is it a good example of master play, but the action is more or less nonstop - looking backward, I actually can't see where Black would have had this tempo for luft.

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