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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Alexander Alekhine
Capablanca - Alekhine World Championship Match (1927), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 3, Sep-21
Indian Game: Pseudo-Queen's Indian. Marienbad System (A47)  ·  1-0



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Jun-10-10  Brandon plays: Wow, what a slaughter. Alekhine got demolished.
Jun-10-10  micartouse: <When Capa beats Alekhine he does it beautifully and tidily. When Alekhine beats Capa it's a messy and confusing affair (except maybe for that last game of the match).>

Seems like an odd characterization of both this game, and Alekhine's Buenos Aires wins.

Jun-10-10  fabiomand: Alekhine was lucky to win this match...and never gave Capa the opportunity for a re-match...he would lose...Alekhine was great, but Capa was genius. Unfourtunatelly Capa didn´t pay enough attention to preparation and Alekhine was more focused in Argentina...sad!
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  stoy: Alekhine won thw 1927 match with Capablanca 6-3 with 25 draws. This was not the result of luck, but rather skill, preparation and endurance. Each player had 3 wins with white, but Alekhine had 3 with black!
Jan-20-11  Lennonfan: Brilliant game...sure could play that capa bloke
Feb-03-11  copablanco: The caption for this game "who's your daddy?"
Feb-20-12  The Curious Emblem: The position after 7.... d5 leaves a bit too many holes in Black's position on the left-half of the board. 5... e6 6. c4 d5 is a better way to play the IQP for Black.
Feb-27-12  JoePhysics: Dear GrahamClayton:

"Capa could have forced mate in 4 with
41. Qf7+ Kh8
42. Nf5 Qg8
43. Qf6+ Kh7
44. Qh6#"

Close. Your solution is busted.

41. Qf7+ Kh8
42. Nf5 Qxe4+

41. Qf7+ Kh8
42. Qf6+ Kh7
43. Qg6+ Kh8
44. Nf7#

Feb-28-12  drukenknight: Now hold on a minute; Alek missed the check on move 34; no?
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  Penguincw: Already looking unusual after 2...b6. However, the novelty doesn't occur till white's 9th move.

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Feb-28-12  fcsca: El genio de la presicion VS el genio del ataque
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  wordfunph: <fcsca> si, yo estoy de acuerdo.
May-03-12  Anderssen99: After: 32.Nxg7!! Alekhine's position was in its last throes.
Oct-18-12  hacked: I don't understand why Capa did not play 18.Bxd2 keeping Ale's king in the center. Ideas?
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  tamar: After 18 Bxd2 Rc5 allows Black to castle.

18 Bxd2 is not a bad move though. I think White would still win, but the subsequent course of the game shows Capa was thinking already of the ideal placement for the bishop and knight to dominate the rook, his main advantage in the position.

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  offramp: This was the last non-QGD of this match. The opening quickly leaves theory and there is a series of tactics on the Q-side between moves 9 and sixteen. At the end of these Capablanca has won Knight and Bishop for a Rook. He starts a very well-handled attack against the Black king.

So Capablanca had lost game 1 with 1.e4 and won with 1.d4. That might be why he stuck with 1.d4 for the rest of the match. Alekhine had lost with the Queen's Indian. Perhaps that's why he decided to adopt the solid QGD as black.

May-27-14  Ashperov1988: Now days they would simply say- opening preparation gone wrong. Back then, Im simply suspecting Alekhine of playing the opening too fast or without the proper considerations. But albeit and kudus to Capa for punishing the dubious set up
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  Calli: Years later, Capablanca played the same opening as Black. see Ilyin-Zhenevsky / Rabinovich vs Capablanca, 1936 . He varied with 8...Qd7
Sep-01-14  coldsweat: I liked Alexander's boldness in trying difficult unexplored positions. In this case, he didn't analyze deeply enough into them, and was beaten by a very talented player.

This game clearly shows Jose jumping at the chance to go for the jugular, with excellent combinative play. Like a shark, he's sniffing the water searching for any opportunity to go for the kill. This must be one of the characteristics that make him such an admired and beloved champion.

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  thegoodanarchist: Here, basically, the tactical genius AA gets his a$$ handed to him by the chess genius, JRC.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <drnooo>, you are certainly right. The comprehensive Sánchez bio of Capa at the end of the chapter on this match has:

In his summary of the match, Hübner said that Capablanca was strategically superior in the understanding of new positions that emerged in the openings, such as in games 3, 7, 11, 17, 20, and 27. But “by accepting to continually reel off again and again the same variations, he deprived himself of his most important ches trump card,” which according to the German grandmaster was “his superiority over Alekhine in a better understanding of the strategic demands of the conduct of the game.” According to the analysis of Hübner, Capablanca shuold have obtained a score of three wins and three draws from game 27 through 32.

At the end of the match, Alekhine promised a rematch in preference to any other challenge, provided that it was played with the same conditions as the one that had just ended. But the new world champion knew very well how close he had been to losing. It is not unreasonable to infer that his understanding of the danger he had encountered was the reason why he did not offer the Cuban the opportunity of a rematch. All his subseqent “fury” seems rather an elaborate charade.

Capablanca never received the opportunity he gave Alekhine. It was one of the most famous contexts never played.

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  Gypsy: <KnightVBishop: Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 depsite capablanca winning agianst alekhine in this game..

i dont get why at move 36 he played queen f4, why not knight d6 check and win black's queen?>

Probably because of this: <36.Nd6? Rxe4 37.Nxf7 Re6!>, and White knight seems fatally stranded

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For instance, <38.Nd8 Rd6 39.Nf7 Rd7 ...>; or <38.f4 Kg7 39.Nd8 Rd6 40.Nb7 Rd7 ...>

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  WorstPlayerEver: Even better:

17. f3 Nc5 18. N1c3 a6 19. Nd4 Rc8 20. Rd1 O-O 21. Nc2 a5 22. Qb1 Qe8 23. Kf1 Ne6 24. Nxd5 Nxf4 25. gxf4 Rc5 26. Nce3 b5 27. Qd3 f6 28. Qd4 Rc6 29. Nf5 Rc2 30. Nde3 Rc7 31. Qb6 Qb8 32. Qxa5 Ra7 33. Qb4 Kh8 34. Rd2

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Aug-23-18  sudoplatov: Two Minor Pieces dominate a Rook primarily because the side with the Rook rarely (if ever) has the opportunity for an Exchange sacrifice. Capablanca uses his advantage to attack, the general procedure in such cases.
Aug-24-18  chessrookstwo: good game capa as always was a step ahead.
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