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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Herman Steiner
Budapest (1928), Budapest HUN, rd 7, Sep-29
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D67)  ·  1-0



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  Sneaky: An interesting idea that I examined: Instead of 22 Rxa7 consider the speculative 22 Nxg6!?

In that case it would be incorrect to play 22 ...fxg6 23. Bxg6 hxg6 24. Qxg6+ and Black is toast.

And of course, 22. ...Qd5?? 23. Ne7+

And not 22. ...Qxd3? 23. Qxd3 Rxd3 24. Nxf8 Kxf8 25. Rxc8+ picking up the knight on b8

I can only find one defense for Black: 22 Nxg6!? hxg6 23 Bxg6 Rd7! and I think White is forced to liquidate and suddenly it's Black who has the winning chances!

Capablanca, of course, rightly saw no reason to tread into such murky waters when a clearly better position was available with 22. Rxa7.

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  Sneaky: errata: in the 3rd line I meant to say 25. Rc8+ not Rxc8+
Apr-17-02  bishop: A well played game by Capablanca.
Apr-17-02  bishop: Two Nimzovichian elements stood out in this game,open file and seventh rank.
Dec-30-03  CapablancaRules: This was the first game of Capablanca that I saw. I think I was ten or eleven years.
Dec-30-03  kevin86: Capablanca's ace in the hole:precision.He beat the also-precise but aging Lasker. Then he was beaten by swashbuckler Alekhine.
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  paulalbert: I guess it might be appropriate to call Alekhine a swashbuckler, but he beat Capablanca in 1927 by being precise more often than Capablanca.

Both are among my favorite players because they created so many fabulous games.

Nov-26-04  kostich in time: Very nice, very precise game. However, this was Lajos aor Endre Stiener, not Herman.
Nov-26-04  sneaky pete: Andreas (Endre) Steiner, as all games here from the Budapest 1928 tournament.

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