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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Rafael Blanco Estera
"You say "Blanco" I say "Blanca"" (game of the day Jan-21-2016)
Havana (1913), Havana CUB, rd 2, Feb-17
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Capablanca Line (C10)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-14-02  morphynoman2: This is an estrategic masterwork.
Dec-26-03  Lawrence: 32.....Rxg6 only makes it hurt all the more.
Jun-11-04  filipecea: Brilliant! Take a look at 28.Qe3, what an amazing battery on the e-file plus the bishop..
Sep-07-05  pencuse: 25. Be2!! first move of a very creative idea. White has found that it will be effective if the bishop goes to Bd5 square. One of the best games from Capablanca.
Jan-09-07  madlydeeply: looks like the early Queen development to f3, similar to Tarrasch vs Mieses, 1916, makes it hard to for black to develop black bishop on the long diagonal.
Jul-29-07  Beancounter: Look at the analysis of this game by Capa himself in "Chess Fundamentals". He does not give much concrete analysis but rather concentrates on strategic themes. After f5 was forced, JRC consistently played against the weakness on e6. An object lesson in positional chess.
Sep-08-07  patzerboy: Beautiful use of pins and threatened pins.
Jul-15-08  ToTheDeath: Powerful game. I find the early Capablanca games more fun to play over- most of them seem more dynamic and aggressive than in his peak years- rather than just trying to win a pawn and queen it he played a lot of great attacking chess.
Feb-08-13  Joules: The devastating power and beauty of that ♗d5 pin was more easily appreciated, by me, on playing it out. The Black queen is powerless to take back the White bishop. Leaving White up a piece and a pawn, when done.

33. ... Rexe6 34. Rxe6 Rxe6 35. Qxg6+ Kf8 36. Bxe6

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Feb-05-14  ThumbTack: Capablanca in "Chess Fundamentals" stresses the strength of 7.Ne5. It stops Black from easily developing his Queen Bishop and puts a strangle hold on Black. He also mentions that Lasker thought White could not have played any better moves anywhere.
Mar-28-14  Jeton: Why was forcing f5. Why not 12... g6.
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  Phony Benoni: Just call the whole pun off, and enjoy the game.
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  al wazir: If black had played 29...Ke8 there would have been no pin.
Jan-21-16  Eusebius: Everything always seems to be so clear with this Capa...
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  TheFocus: Delightful game. Queen, both Rooks and a Bishop all aimed at e6!

If Capablanca had a kitchen sink handy, he would've thrown that in there, too!!

Although he did well enough without it.

Great game.

Jan-21-16  RookFile: After 7. Ne5, black needs to organize ...c5. 7....a6 and ...c5 next isn't bad.
Jan-21-16  LoveThatJoker: A truly famous J.R. Capablanca game. I've studied it in the past.

The pun is somewhat terrible admittedly. :)


Jan-21-16  Castleinthesky: By move 14, White's position looks overwhelming. White is fully in control of the center and Black is very behind in development. As others have pointed out, 25. Be2! is a beautiful move that begins the winning combination and also activates White's light squared bishop.
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  kevin86: White's pressure and discovered check threat wins this one.
Jan-21-16  mikrohaus: Many mentioned "Chess Fundamentals" by Capa. It's free on Gutenberg. [I like the e-pub version, because it has all of the diagrams; but, you have to d/l the e-pub app if you don't have it for your browser.]

Capa had extensive commentary on this game, but also really good stuff on 2Rv2R endings and great analysis of some of his famous losses.

You are cheating yourself, if you've never read it.

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  Phony Benoni: <al wazir: If black had played 29...Ke8 there would have been no pin.>

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True enough, that eliminates one pin and the game continuation. But there are other pins and other ways. Simply <30.Qh4>, attacking the rook on f6 looks like a quick win. If the rook move, the bishop hangs. If the bishop moves so that the queen protects the rook, then the other rook on e7 hangs. And if <30...Ke7 31.Qxh7+> crashes in.

The main point of <29...Kg8> is that <30.Qh4> can be answered by <30...Kg7>.

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  thegoodanarchist: Chess Genius at work. Everyone step aside, let the genius work.

Advance of the h pawn sealed the deal.

Jan-25-16  RookFile: I think that was Black's basic problem. He was too passive in his play. I'm not sure that black had a realistic threat in the entire game. Much better to mix it up.

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