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Jose Raul Capablanca vs George Alan Thomas
Margate (1939), Margate ENG, rd 8, Apr-20
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense Fianchetto Variation (C76)  ·  1-0



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Jan-20-04  Lawrence: eval +8.29 (Junior 8)
Jan-23-04  thunderbolt: want to play chess
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  Mateo: Thomas resignation was justified. 39... Rg6 40. Rg6 Kf7 (40... Kh8 41. Qh2 Qh7 42. Rh6 ; 40... Kh7 41. Rg1 ; 40... Kf8 41. Qf2 Qf7 42. Rf6 ) 41. Qg2 Qf8 42. Qg5 Qh8 43. Rh6 Qg7 44. Qh5 .

However, his defence could have been improved. 34... Rf6 was obviously better than 34... Rf7-g7, very passive. For instance 34... Rf6 35. Nh4 Qh7, with only a slight advantage for Capablanca.

Mar-23-07  Fast Gun: If the Chessgames database is correct,
then Capablanca never lost a serious game on the white side of the Ruy Lopez quite a record when you consider that from time to time, even Fischer, Karpov and Kasparov suffered a few losses !!
Aug-30-08  Kiki.Moon: This game is so hard to predict the moves of...
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  Ulhumbrus: This game suggests that White is able to keep his King in the centre because after 12 d5 the centre is closed. This suggests 11...exd4 and 11...f5, and the latter is suggested by the move 11 g4?!.

On 11...exd4 12 cxd4 0-0 it is not as easy for White to avoid opening lines in the centre, and the move g4 has exposed his King on the King side. White can however castle on the Queen's side eg after 11...exd4 12 cxd4 f5 12 gf gf 13 Rg1 Bf6 14 Qe2.

This suggests that 11....f5 is better than 11...exd4. On 11...f5 Black threatens ...f4. In that case after d5, the N on c6 has to go back to b8.

This suggests clearing d8 for the Nc6 by 11...Qe7 in order to prepare the advance ....f5.

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  tpstar: Black's Kingside play was overly ambitious here; moves like 19 ... 0-0!? and 30 ... h5!? just invited White to attack the King. Note how Capablanca established a Nc4 along with a Pa5 to blockade Black's Queenside, similar to later ideas against the Modern Benoni. The final position is amusing, with White's King beautifully centralized and safely surrounded by Pawns while Black's King is about to get it.
May-29-11  hibolife: Instead of 19...0-0, 19...Ng5 and black has better prospects for a draw than in the game. It is almost as if white refutes the g6 move. I think black 6.nc6 makes it much harder for white.
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  perfidious: <Fast Gun: If the Chessgames database is correct, then Capablanca never lost a serious game on the white side of the Ruy Lopez....>

This was indeed the case.

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  RookFile: I feel the same way as others here about black's decision to castle. As soon as you see it, you say: "Why?" Why indeed should black tip off to white where his king is going to live? Why not keep his options open as long as possible?
May-23-16  TheFocus: 19...O-O was hasty.

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