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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Roy Turnbull Black
"Black is OK" (game of the day Sep-26-2014)
New York Masters (1911), New York, NY USA, rd 4, Jan-25
Sicilian Defense: Wing Gambit. Carlsbad Variation (B20)  ·  0-1



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  gezafan: Beating Capablanca in a tournament game is a career right there.
Aug-17-09  AnalyzeThis: It's rare to see Capa launch a caveman attack, which is what this was.
May-22-12  LoveThatJoker: 34. Qf3 would have been better from WC Capablanca.


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  FSR: Black is OK!
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  FSR: Alas, someone beat me to the pun.
Aug-17-13  BlackFront: <Bad Day as Black Rocks>
Nov-06-13  Wyatt Gwyon: Wonder if Capablanca overlooked 39...Nd3+. Maybe a late night before the game?
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  keypusher: <Wyatt Gwyon: Wonder if Capablanca overlooked 39...Nd3+. Maybe a late night before the game?>

Someone should do a "Capablanca Was Hung Over" collection to go along with Calli's "Alekhine Was Drunk."

Actually, as far as I can tell, Capablanca drank very little, and I suspect his reputation as a partier is an exaggeration.

Nov-06-13  Wyatt Gwyon: I'm not saying he was hungover. He did like associating with the ladies, however. (And Alekhine was a lush, let's be honest).
Nov-06-13  Kaspablanca: The pun of this game can be Black with black beat Capablanca.
Nov-06-13  Wyatt Gwyon: Black was a judge, so maybe a legal pun would work.
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  Richard Taylor: It was a black day for cap!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Black picked a good day to be invincible. Efficient defense; he does the most defending with the fewest pieces, such as the redeployment of the Rook to hy.
Sep-26-14  SeanAzarin: Well, my pun (Blackened) wasn't chosen but I'm glad one of the games I submitted as a candidate was picked as GOTD. (Apparently someone else submitted it as well.) A rare loss for Capa. Mr. Black played a near-flawless game.
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  MissScarlett: The reason your pun wasn't chosen is because it was CRAP! The pun chosen wasn't much better. The only good candidate was <Bad Day as Black Rocks>.
Sep-26-14  thegoldenband: A German singer named Roy Black had a big hit called "All in White" (Ganz in Weiß). Clearly things went the other way here! Just one of those "everything's coming up Milhouse" days for him, I guess.
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  kevin86: I don't know what white got for the opening, but if you ask me, it should have been life. lol
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  kevin86: capa? Had to be a joke game!
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  FSR: I see from my comment two years ago that I (also) thought of this pun, but someone else had already submitted it. But it really should have an exclamation point at the point - that's how Adorjan always wrote it.
Sep-26-14  jeffwadsworth: This game shows Capa's complete disregard for his opponent. Magnus did the same thing in his game vs Saric. I Saric vs Carlsen, 2014

They were both punished harshly for it.

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  FSR: This game effectively decided first place in the tournament, since Marshall won, just half a point ahead of Capablanca. New York Masters (1911)
Sep-26-14  whiteshark: Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!
Sep-26-14  julillo: Black in the Wing
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  playground player: It looks to me like Capablanca didn't have a lot of respect for this opponent. It seems I'm not the only one who thought so.
Aug-16-20  Capacorn: Just went over another game played between these two in 1916, covered in Capablanca’s “My Chess Career.” At one point, Capa had Q for R,B & P, with Black’s king relatively safe. After the latter’s 38th move, Kf8, Capa remarks, “Black here starts a very unfortunate maneuver, which makes it easy for White to win what would otherwise be an extremely hard game. In fact, I am not sure that White can win at all. The Black king should have been kept back.” I asked myself, who is this guy that’s giving the young genius such a hard time? Never heard of him. Haha Beyond his apparent strength, Roy was, of course, no slouch, as I found out in his bio on Chessgames.
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