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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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Mar-29-04  hickchess99: 40.Qf7+ Kh8 41. Qf6+ Kg8 42.Qg6+ Kf8 43. Qf7++ or 42...Kh8 43. Nf7++ both mate in four.
Dec-08-04  ArturoRivera: 32.-...Kxg7?
33.-Qxf6+ Kh7
34.-Qf7+ Rg7

Great game by Capablanca.

Oct-01-05  paladin at large: Capablanca was obviously charged up for this one, anxious to pull even in the match. It is a scintillating game by him, loaded with sharp moves.

Of Alekhine's 13.....Bc5, Capa annotated "Ne4 would be better than the text move, although we believe that even in that position White has a clear advantage. Dr. (sic) Alekhine was probably rather anxious to complete his king's side development and did not consider all the possibilities."

An insight into Capa's technique and depth of thought is offered by the following further comments:

After 19. Rd1 "The most certain way of exploiting the white advantage. At first sight 19. e4 looks stronger, but it would have serious drawbacks."

Capablanca does not grab material with 23. Qxd5. After 23. e3, he notes "The most direct way of bringing the battle to a definite conclusion. This move was played after all the subsequent complications had been taken into consideration."

After 28. Be5 "The most energetic way of continuing the attack. Black has no resources."

After 32. Nxg7 "The coup de grace."

After 36. Qf4 "It is curious to note that although we had foreseen this situation at move 21. calculating that 36. Qd3 was the strongest move, at the last minute we nonetheless forgot our earlier calculations and played the text move, which in some ways is not as strong as the other one."

Jun-26-06  sixfeetunder: Isnt it possible to play after 13...Bc5 14.Rxc5? Because 14... bxc5 15.Nd6+ Ke7 (after Kf8 write can play Nxc8 Qxc8 Bd6+)Blacks king seems to be vulnerable, besides Blacks pawn structure is worse.Otherwise it is very well paleyed by Capablanca who is one of my favourite players.
Jun-26-06  RookFile: Well, I guarantee you that Capa thought of the possibility of 14. Rxc5. As did Alekhine, by the way. I imagine after 14. Rxc5 bxc5 15. Nd6+ Ke7 16. Nxc8 Rxc8, both reckoned that black at his convenience could retreat the king to f8, where it is safe enough.
Jun-26-06  sixfeetunder: What about 17.Bg5? if Kf8 then white plays Bxf6 and black has a very bad pawn structure and endgame is near.
Jun-26-06  RookFile: Well, it strikes me that black has every one of his men developed, but white, after 17. Bg5, still has some work to do, i.e. the queen's knight and rook are still sleeping. How bad can it be?
Jun-26-06  sixfeetunder: Well black has to defend his weaknesses at first and white can develop at that time.In my opinion White can after that bring out his queen's knight and shouldn't have any problems.
Sep-16-06  Chess Lou Zer: Beautifully executed throughout. White keeps the initiative right to the end. He was never in any trouble at all. And 32. Nxg7 is the final nail in Alekhine's coffin. Capablanca's best win of the tournament?
Sep-16-06  RookFile: The funny thing is, my suspicion is, it was actually Alekhine who was right about the opening. His 4...c5! is very incisive, exploiting the fact that what had not yet played c4 himself.

He played 7... d5. Obviously, Alekhine wanted to get his pawn there before white got in something like c4, he was afraid of a white clamp, a space advantage with c4 and e4.

Yet nowadays, even as black in the Sicilian, black willfully allows the 'Maroczy' bind, there have been methods developed to combat it.

I think 7... g6 is ok. At some point, black may also want to play ...Qc8, d6, and Nbd7.

Oct-06-06  Plato: The move 4...c5! was already known, introduced to master play by Maroczy in his 1922 match with Olland (Black won that game). The noted theoretician Gruenfeld had championed it with good success in many games before it was played here, and Nimzowitsch had two nice wins with it (the latter against Rubinstein at Marienbad, 1925). Add Reti to the mix, and it is clear that 4...c5!, despite being introduced by the "old-school" Maroczy, was one of the fresh new moves of the hypermoderns.

Alekhine was generally inclined to take up the latest hypermodern opening ideas (something which made Nimzowitsch very proud). Capablanca would also do this (although to a lesser extent than Alekhine), and it is interesting to note that after this match, the ex-champion started adopting the line for Black.

I think 8...dxc4 would have been more accurate than 8...e6, but Alekhine's main mistakes appear to be 14...Bxb4? (14...Nxb4! would have given good saving chances) and 22...Qa4?!, although it's doubtful whether Black's game could be salvaged even after the stronger 22...Rcd8.

This game was played with great power by Capablanca.

Dec-12-06  tatarch: Capa's play from move 26 on is one of the most graceful attacking sequences I've seen recently.
Dec-12-06  setebos: Did Capa ever explain why he went on to play the queen`s gambit so many times after this win? He kept losing games with the queen`s gambit yet never varied. I have never understood this.
Dec-26-06  Whitehat1963: An early-in-the-week puzzle after 31...Qb1.
May-01-07  newton296: capabalnca plays a ruthless classic style much like fisher. One of the hardest style's to beat and very instructive to observe.
Aug-19-07  sanyas: My Best Games of Chess has 40.Nf5+ 1-0.
Mar-02-08  Knight13: <sanyas: My Best Games of Chess has 40.Nf5+ 1-0.> I don't know; I thought Alekehine don't put his lost games in My Best Games of Chess.
May-08-08  analysethat: paladinatlarge quotes Capa as saying <After 36. Qf4 "It is curious to note that although we had foreseen this situation at move 21. calculating ,that 36. Qd3 was the strongest move, " >

Now,Is this a misprint or did Capa see 32 Nxg7 (and beyond) when playing 21. Nb3 - Or did paladin mean that Capa saw 36 Qd3 when playing 31. h4 and calculated the sacrifice from there?

If he did see it at move 21. Nb3 that Qa4 would lead to 32. Nxg7 then there is a world/dimension of chess thinking that I will not only never inhabit, but that I can't even imagine. It's not like there was a forced line like in some of Steinitz's king chases.

Aug-28-08  GrahamClayton: Capa could have forced mate in 4 with 41. Qf7+ Kh8 42. Nf5 Qg8 43. Qf6+ Kh7 44. Qh6#
Sep-02-08  GrahamClayton: Source: CN 1449 Edward Winter, "Chess Explorations", Cadogan 1996
May-10-09  WhiteRook48: here white mates on either move 43 or 44
Jul-09-09  drnooo: Odd that such an incisive observation as setebos's should go unanswered here. It may be the best explanation of the puzzling loss to Alekhine: not dumping the queens gambit. The persistence of its use by Capa was close to suicidal. He was not as ruthless as Alekhine, otherwise somewhere along the line he would have decided to sit right down and write himself a letter: I can outplay this guy with a few new different openings. I can combine better than he, and all I need is some fresh positions. Instead he gave him nothing new for either to look at and in such sterile territory even Capa could only take his brilliance so far. In a word, Alekhine actually bored Capa enough to put him to sleep.... then picked his pockets.
Jan-17-10  Paraconti: 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).
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.

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