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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Kornel Havasi
Budapest (1928), Budapest HUN, rd 1, Sep-21
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Rosenthal Variation (D21)  ·  1-0

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Dec-19-03  Lawrence: Junior 8 reckons that Capa had built up a nice lead and then blew it away by playing 19.Bb6 instead of 19.Nd5! And that Black should have played 22.....Bb4 with a good game, but instead he played 22.....Rxa2(?) and from there on his game went downhill. Does anybody agree, or is all this just a figment of Junior's imagination?
May-15-10  jmay: tried out some variations with nd5. looks very good
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  fredthebear: <Lawrence>
<And that Black should have played 22.....Bb4 with a good game, but instead he played 22.....Rxa2(?) ad from there on his game went downhill.>

It's understandible that Black played 22...Rxa2. For one thing, it obviously threatens back rank mate on the move. 23...Nc4 renews the mate threat. If 24.RxNc4 (so the battery still can interpose on the back rank), Black wins the exchange after 24...bxRc4. White declined RxN but had to make luft by 24.h3, which allowed 24...NxBb6. This capture leaves Black still ahead one piece. Thus, a sequence that grabs a pawn w/threat to mate, and reduces material while ahead in material is a line of play that most of us would gladly take most of the time. Black's moves had an aggressive purpose.

After the seemingly good 24...NxBb6, Black missed that his Rg8 was overworked. The Rg8 needs to defend the Bf8 and the g-file but cannot do both. The White rook suddenly takes over the initiative and it's curtains with swarming White knights. This had to be a sudden, painful turn of events for Black who thought he was doing well against the former world champion.

Jul-01-18  goser: The sacrifice was almost identical to Capablanca vs Bogoljubov, 1925. The only difference was that in this game the bishop was sacrificed after white played O-O and the black played ... a6.
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