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Juan Corzo vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Havana (1913), Havana CUB, rd 1, Feb-15
Old Indian Defense: General (A53)  ·  0-1



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Sep-12-03  ksadler: Another game with great positional play, sacrifices and combinations by Capablanca. Most of us can only dream of getting a position as Black like Capablanca did after 14. ♔g1.
Dec-17-04  Whitehat1963: I definitely don't understand the sacrifices in this game, (a game that features the opening of the day). I can't see the dangers. (Still, you have to love 21... Rxe6.) Someone help.
Dec-17-04  Saruman: 38.Ke3 Qxg3+ 39.Ke2 (Kd2 Nc4+ and Qxd6)Bf3+ 40.Kd2 Nc4+ 41.Bxc4 Qxd6( ).
Dec-17-04  Whitehat1963: But, for instance, why not 28. gxf4?
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  Chessical: <Whitehat1963> Your move may be better than Corzo's, but it still leaves him with an inferior ending:

<28.gxf4> gxf4+ 29.Kf2 fxe3+ 30.Kxe3 Bxh1 31.Kxd2 Rg1 32.Bh3 Rxe1 33.Kxe1 d5 34.cxd5 Bxd5

<30.c5?> loses quickly.

Jul-08-05  THE pawn: why did he play 11.kf2?
Jul-08-05  Anastasia: <the pawn> 11.0-0-0 Bg7 12.qxg7 qxe3+ looks dangerous

cool game, 20.ne6 looked good until 21..rxe6

Aug-21-05  Anastasia: hey wadaya know im right again
Jan-28-10  Rama: 10. ... g6!, offers the rook: 11. Qxh8 Qxe3+, 12. Kd1 Nd3!, 13. Bxd3 Bxd3, 14. Qc3 Bg7!, winning.

15. ... g5!, seeks to break the annoying pin on the e-file decisively: 16. fxg5 Be5!, 17. Bxe5 dxe5, and the pin is broken. Black will regain the pawn, control the open g-file and obtain a mobile center pawn. It would be unwise for white to try to defend the g-pawn with 18. h4. :)

The fight continues to swirl around the black g-pawn with 27. ... Nd2!, since 28. gxf4 gxf4+! wins as above.

Capa owed a lot to that infantryman.

Jul-16-10  sevenseaman: A positional delight, is the appropriate description. Capa often creates very complex positions but this is like kindergarten. <Whitehat> at 47 you may have already found the clarity.
Aug-28-12  master of defence: Why not 11.Qxh8?
Aug-29-12  TheFocus: <master of defence>< Why not 11.Qxh8?>

11. Qxh8 Qxe3+ 12. Kd1 Ne4 and mate after 13. Nf2+.

Or, 11.Qxh8 Qxe3+ 12.Be2 Bd3 13.Kf1 Qxe2+ 14.Kg1 Qe3 mate.

May-08-14  Joe le Taxi: Hello everybody

What was the time control of this tournament ?


May-08-14  john barleycorn: <Joe le Taxi: Hello everybody

What was the time control of this tournament ? >

Why? Are you still waiting on the parking lot?
Man, switch off that meter...

May-09-14  Joe le Taxi: Because of the 28 > 33 black moves. They don't seem accurate for me.

Sorry, Man, it was just a question.

May-09-14  john barleycorn: < Joe le Taxi:
Sorry, Man, it was just a question.>

No need for that, I was just joking. I don't know the answer.

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  maxi: Does anybody know the story behind this game? Was it just a friendly game? I haven't been able to find anything about it, and it seems to have been played in a rather reckless fashion.
May-11-14  RookFile: Well, the Havana 1913 part means it was a tournament. My guess is that Corzo hoped to play something a little unusual in the opening, and try to get an advantage. He knew that Capa didn't study openings. The only problem is it didn't work.
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  maxi: Thanks, <RookFile>.
Feb-11-17  Notagm: Why didn't black play Ne1 on moves 30 or 32?
Oct-31-20  Stolzenberg: 25. h4 would have brought the dead rook back to live, threatening 26. hg.
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  kingscrusher: Prepare to be in tactical shock - Capablanca was a tactical monster behind the scenes

On g5 lets imagine fxg5 - Black has in fact Nxg5 offering the Queen on e7

Juan Corzo - Jose Raul Capablanca 0-1 1.0, Havana Havana CUB 1913

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Analysis by Stockfish 15 - 3 threads max:

1. = (-0.14): 17.Bxg7+ Rxg7 18.Nxg5 Qxg5 19.Qe2 Bd7 20.h4 Qf5 21.Qe7+ Kg8 22.Qe3 Qg4 23.Qf2 f5 24.Be2 Qg6 25.h5 Qh6 26.Bf3 Re8 27.Rxe8+ Bxe8 28.Be2 Qc1+ 29.Bf1 Rg4 30.Rh3 Rf4 31.Qe2 Re4 32.Qf2

If Rxe7, get a load of this:

Juan Corzo - Jose Raul Capablanca 0-1 1.0, Havana Havana CUB 1913

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Analysis by Stockfish 15 - 3 threads max:

1. -+ (-#2): 17...Bxd4+ 18.Qxd4 Nh3#
2. -+ (-#2): 17...Nh3+ 18.gxh3 Bxd4#

Wonderful stuff here :)

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