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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Aron Nimzowitsch
New York (1927), New York, NY USA, rd 8, Mar-01
Torre Attack: Classical Defense. Nimzowitsch Variation (A46)  ·  1/2-1/2

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May-29-05  whithergoes: Regarding the 1927 New York Tournament, according to Nathan Divinsky, "The Encyclopedia of Chess," p. 143: "Capablanca was an easy victor. With 3 rounds to go he was already assured of 1st prize. He declared that he would draw his last 3 games (against Alekhine, Vidmar, and Nimzowitsch) in order not to affect the struggle for 2nd place. It seems that Nimzowitsch played some bizzare moves and got into a bad position. Capablanca complained to the tournament director that unless Nimzowitsch played better, he (Capablanca) would be forced to win the game! Finally Capablanca actually dictated the last 4 or 5 moves, which Nimzowitsch played rather apprehensively, and the game was drawn."

This is one of two draws between Nimzowitsch and Capablanca in the 1927 New York Tournament. I will hazard a guess and say that this one (and not the other) is the game to which Divinsky alludes.

May-29-05  whatthefat: Where is black in a "bad position" though? Capablanca plays pretty passively here for sure, but I don't see anything like a forced win for white.
May-29-05
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  Calli: This is the round 8 game as it says on the Chessgames scorecard. The draw you refer to was in Rd 19 Capablanca vs Nimzowitsch, 1927
Aug-29-09  BISHOP TAL: Ill say Divinsky was talkin bout the other game Cappa looks better in the other game hes got a passed pawn in the end.Nimzo writes about this game in chess praxis and after move 24 says, white has acheived nothing at all and seems to feel good about the game, if Capa was dictating moves to him in the end, it wouldnt be the case.
Apr-17-13  ColdSong: I'd prefer one thousand time to lose a game instead of allowing someone, even Capablanca, dictate my last moves.This story seems pretty strange.
Apr-17-13  Olavi: Let's just say that Divinsky's "Encyclopedia" does not have a very good reputation.
Apr-17-13  Olavi: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...
Oct-25-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: 8..0-0 committing the king is unusual here; 8..c5 is much more popular. This game is included in Chess Praxis - no idea why - neither player showed any ambition.

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