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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Savielly Tartakower
Bad Kissingen (1928), Bad Kissingen GER, rd 1, Aug-12
Budapest Defense: Alekhine Variation. Tartakower Defense (A52)  ·  1-0

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Apr-07-05  Poisonpawns: What a game by Capa ,Tartakower must have forgotten who he was playing
Apr-07-05  paladin at large: <Poisonpawns>Tartakower had already lost so many different ways to Capa, that he naturally tried something new. Capa is not known as "the gambit-killer of all time" for nothing. I like the way he plays 4.e4, keeping his focus on rapid development and positional advantage, and making no effort to hold the gambit pawn.
Apr-07-05  Poisonpawns: 4.e4 in the Budapest is alekhines fav line. I think it is the best way to take advantage of blacks time loss in this opening.
Apr-08-05  Whitehat1963: Capablanca always makes it look so incredibly easy -- especially with white -- as if he could never lose an even endgame.
Apr-01-06
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  nasmichael: I enjoy the opposite side castling fights. Does anyone know of a collection which focuses exclusively on opposite-side castling by master players?
Apr-01-06
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  nasmichael: Does anyone know about the circumstances of this match well enough to share with us? Tell me what you know.
Apr-01-06
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  Benzol: It's interesting that in their first encounter Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1922 Capa attacked quite recklessly (well for him at least).
Apr-01-06  CapablancaFan: <nasmichael: I enjoy the opposite side castling fights. Does anyone know of a collection which focuses exclusively on opposite-side castling by master players?> The proper term is queenside castling.
Apr-01-06  ajg12: It would be queenside castling if both playes castled to the queenside but when one castles kingside and the other queenside I believe opposite-side castling is an appropriate term.
Apr-01-06
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  paulalbert: <CapablancaFan>I think you missed the point of nasmichael's term "opposite side castling". He means games where one side castled kingside and the other side castled queen side. Also for<nasmicael>, this game was played in the very strong 1928 Bad Kissingen, Germany Tournament won by Bogolyubov ahead of Capa and Nimzowitsch among others. It was Capa's first tournament after his loss of World Championship to Alekhine. This tournament has always interested me because I was stationed as an Army Officer in Bad Kissingen. They still play chess at a big set there in the Kurpark.I played there in the late sixties while in the Army and the last time I visited a few years ago. Bad Kissingen is a resort town based on the mineral springs there, similar to Baden Baden, etc.
Apr-01-06  Karpova: Tartakover missed 16....Qg6! (17.Qg6: hg and black threatens Bh2:+/cd)
Apr-02-06
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  Pawn and Two: Tartakower's move 14...c6 was a mistake, (Kb8 was better).

Capablanca would have had a strong winning advantage if he had played 15.Qxa7!. Fritz 9's evaluation: (3.46) (15 ply). Black's castled position is weak and he cannot afford to open the c file.

15.Bxf6 was also a strong move, (1.13) (15 ply), but not as good as 15.Qxa7 (3.46) (15 ply).

After 15.Bxf6, Black should first play 15...c5 (1.15) (15 ply) before playing gxf6.

16.Qxa7! was again a strong winning move (1.83) (17 ply).

After 16.Qxf6?, Tartakower had the chance, as Karpova notes, to play 16...Qg6!.

If 16...Qg6, Black would have a slight advantage. Fritz 9's suggested line and evaluation: 17.c5 Qxf6 18.Nxf6 Bxc5 (-.34) (16 ply).

Tartakower could have stayed in the game with 18...Bxg4 (.47) (17 ply). But after 18...Bxf6?, it was all Capablanca.

Oct-06-08
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  whiteshark: <Karpova: <Tartakover missed 16....Qg6!>> and <Pawn and Two: <After 16.Qxf6?, Tartakower had the chance, as Karpova notes, to play 16...Qg6!.

If 16...Qg6, Black would have a slight advantage. Fritz 9's suggested line and evaluation: 17.c5 Qxf6 18.Nxf6 Bxc5 (-.34) (16 ply).>>

That's really impressive. Tartakower who wrote the fascinatiting tournament book didn't mention it in his annotations.

He thought that the critical point ('die Kampfkrise') in the game was 12...0-0-0 and suggested 12...0-0 instead.

Oct-06-08  Sleeping kitten: Earlier, there is another possible improvement. Doesn't 8.c5 win a piece, because of the threat 9.♕a4+?
Oct-06-08
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  whiteshark: Thumbs up, <Sleeping kitten>!

Yes, <8.c5!! <>> wins a piece. This opportunity has been overlooked by both players.


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Dec-24-09  Cushion: Doesn't 8...Be5 9. Bxg4 Bxb2+ 10. Ne2 Bxa1 win material after 8. c5? Are there any alternatives that I overlooked (besides not taking the knight)?
Dec-24-09  maxi: <Cushion> Yes. As a matter of fact the variation you pinpoint loses the exchange for White. The way White wins the piece is, instead, through 8.c5 ♗e5 9.♕a4+ ♘c6 10.♕xg4.
Feb-20-10  M.D. Wilson: A few weeks ago, I played a 5 min blitz game as white identical to this up to move 17. Nxf6. My opponent chose Rh8. I vaguely remembered this game while playing.
Sep-04-14  capafischer1: Amazing and accurate Capablanca does it again. he was an absolute beast with the initiative and almost never blundered
Sep-04-14
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  tamar: Caruana-like play by Capa.
Feb-09-19  RookFile: Truth is, the game was over at move 22 and black could have resigned then.
Apr-11-20  Gaito: Capablanca missed a very beautiful variation pointed out by Swedish Grandmaster Gideon Stahlberg in his book (in Spanish language) "Partidas Clásicas de Capablanca" (Capablanca's Classical Games) published in Argentina in 1943. Instead of 8.Nf3 (the natural developing move) Capa missed a chance to shine by means of 8.c5! Bxc5 9.Qa4+ Nc6 10.Qxg4 Nd4! 11.Qh5+ Kf8 12.f6! gxf6 13.Bh6+ Kg8 14.Nc3! Nc2+ 15.Kd1 Nxa1 16.Bc4+ Be6, reaching the following position:


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Then there would come a nice finish: 17.Qxc5!! winning outright. This would have been a more fitting conclusion for this game.

Apr-12-20
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  beatgiant: 18...Bxf6 looks dubious. I think <18...Bxg4> 19. Nxg4 Bxb2 gives more drawing chances. Black may get some counterplay on the queenside.
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Jun-18-22
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  kingscrusher: Both players appear to have gone completely haywire in this game with multiple mistakes and inaccuracies. I think it is the Opening which did it - full improvisation mode needed. Improvisation often means mistakes.

Move 8.c5! - unprotected piece on g4 alert

Jose Raul Capablanca - Savielly Tartakower 1-0 1.0, Bad Kissingen 1928


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Analysis by Stockfish 15 - 3 threads max:

1. +- (5.25): 8...Bxc5 9.Qa4+ b5 10.Qxg4 0-0 11.Nc3 Bxf5 12.Qg5 Qe6 13.Nf3 h6 14.Qg3 Nc6 15.Be3 Bd6 16.Qh4 a6 17.0-0 g5 18.Nxg5 hxg5 19.Qxg5+ Qg6 20.Qxg6+ Bxg6 21.a4 Be5 22.axb5 axb5

(Gavriel, 18.06.2022)

Move 14 improvement - Qxa7 (has ideas of cxd5 and Bb5 to cut King escape squares if Black takes on d5)

Jose Raul Capablanca - Savielly Tartakower 1-0 1.0, Bad Kissingen 1928


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Analysis by Stockfish 15 - 3 threads max:

1. +- (5.54): 15...Nxd5 16.Qa8+ Kc7 17.Bxd8+ Rxd8 18.Qa5+ Kc8 19.cxd5 Qxd5 20.Qxd5 cxd5 21.Rad1 h6 22.h3 Kc7 23.Bg4 Be4 24.Rfe1 Kb6 25.a3 Kc5 26.Rc1+ Kb6

Move 16 Black improvement - 16...Qg6

Jose Raul Capablanca - Savielly Tartakower 1-0 1.0, Bad Kissingen 1928


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Analysis by Stockfish 15 - 3 threads max:

1. = (-0.27): 17.g4 Be6 18.Qxg6 hxg6 19.Rac1 Kb8 20.Ne3 Bxh2+ 21.Kg2 Be5 22.b3 Rh2+ 23.Kg1 Rdh8 24.Bf3 Rf8 25.Be2 Bf4 26.Rc3 a5 27.Rd3 g5 28.Rfd1 Bc7 29.Nf5 Bxf5 30.gxf5 Rh4 31.Rd4 Rxf5 32.Rxh4 gxh4 33.Rd3 Rg5+ 34.Kh1

And the list goes on and on. Maybe this game inspired some Tartakower quotations like:

"The winner is the one who makes the next-to-last mistake." "The mistakes are there, waiting to be made"
"A game is always won through a mistake."

Fun stuff :)

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