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Arpad Vajda vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Budapest (1928), Budapest HUN, rd 9, Oct-02
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Symmetrical Variation (C49)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-16-06  Whitehat1963: Wonder why Capablanca was so quick to accept a draw against a lesser opponent like Vajda.
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  WannaBe: Capa really needed a bathroom break. So...
Oct-16-06  setebos: Actually Capa had a big bowl of goulash before this game
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  Tabanus: From Winter's Chess Notes 7033:

<Tartakower wrote as follows in CHESS, May 1940, pages 188-189:

‘The conclusion of the tournament at Budapest in 1928, the one called the “Siesta” tournament, was marked by a dispute. When the last round started, Capablanca led, a point in front of Marshall. It became common knowledge that his game with Vajda had been agreed a draw before a move had been made, with the official consent of the tournament committee. Marshall protested violently, on the grounds that this arrangement deprived him of all chance of sharing in the second prize. The “chance” proved purely theoretical (when he lost to L. Steiner so could not have caught up with Capablanca in any case). Capablanca, moreover, had little reason to fear a defeat at Dr Vajda’s hands. Marshall, however, was badly put out by this incident and took particular pains to inflict on Dr Vajda, the next time he came up against him, a resounding defeat.’

Brief comments: a) Marshall won second prize; clearly, it was the first prize he was eager to share. b) L. Steiner did not play at Budapest, 1928, though ‘E.’ and ‘H.’ did. c) Marshall’s resounding defeat of Vajda was in fact a 35-move draw at the 1930 Hamburg Olympiad.>

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