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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
"Four-and-twenty: Black's Bird, Baked on f5" (game of the day Feb-27-2019)
St. Petersburg (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 11, May-06
Spanish Game: Bird Variation (C61)  ·  1-0



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Jun-16-03  Bears092: ...and to guard the h3 pawn.
Jun-16-03  Shadout Mapes: You see, at move 22 the g file is obviously about to be opened, as you can tell from the pawns about to be exchanged. Now, the best thing you can do in a situation like that is to put a rook behind it and then exchange, thus putting your rook on an open file. So yes, Capa moved his king to put the rook on and take his king off a soon to be opened file.
Jun-16-03  Calli: Blackburne's game doesn't look bad to me. Good chance of breaking through on the queenside. Instead of 23...Nd8?, perhaps 23...b4! and the position looks unclear. If 24. cxb4? Nxd4 destroys the center. Capa might have to protect d4 with Be3, then Black can play Rab8 and, after moving the queen, bxc3 with an open file and counterplay.

Note: Blackburne was 72 years old at the time of this game.

Jun-16-03  aulero: After 23...b4, White can simply play 24.gxf5 and if 24...gxf5 25.♘h4 ♘e7 then 26.♖xb4.

I think that Black should play 23...♘e7 trying to keep lines closed, although after 24.a4 a new weakness will appear in Black's position.

Jun-16-03  Calli: <aulero> I would play 24.gxf5 Rxf5 instead, but you may be right after 25.Nh4 Rh5 White has 26.Nxg6! with a probable win.

So perhaps black should exchange pawns first.
23...fxg4 24.hxg4 b4 and now 25.f5 isn't so threatening because the knight on f3 is hanging. 23...fxg4 24.hxg4 b4 25.f5 Rab8

Feb-10-04  Taidanii: Is it just me, or does Jose give his opponent a false sense of security when he lets him advance his pawns from move 8 to move 13?
Feb-11-04  Lawrence: 23...Nd8 was considerably inferior to 28...Qa7 and then Blackburne threw it away with 27...Qb8? (Junior 8)
Mar-17-04  731: I like 30...Rxh3+, strike the king before resigning.
Feb-19-06  MorphyMatt: Interesting, Blackburne seems to me the kind of guy who would play 3... f5 rather than 3... ♘d4
May-18-07  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 15...Qa5, 15...cxd3 precludes d4 and leaves White with isolated Ps on c3 and a2
May-18-07  Ulhumbrus: 25 Nh4 supports the pawn advance f5 as well as threatening the sacrifice Nxg6.
Aug-22-10  fetonzio: outblackburned!
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  HeMateMe: WAAY cool. I thought 'Black Death' was the master of attack--why did he accept such a cramped, defensive position here?

Capa fortified himself with tequila before the game, to 'enhance his creative powers'.

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  profK: I think 21...f5 is weak, when there was more on the queenside. In blocking white's advance black accelerates it!
Mar-24-13  wachter123680: but Capa smashes his king keto in five moves
Nov-22-14  gmelfranco: maestro veo que usted juega mucho al futuro todas sus jugadas estas visionadas al futuro q genio es usted jeje!!
Dec-10-16  RookFile: 23....Qd8 holds up white's intended Nh4. I think black is ok then.
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  Check It Out: Is the pun reference a speech one or a 420 one? Hopefully both.
Feb-27-19  Infohunter: <Check It Out: Is the pun reference a speech one or a 420 one? Hopefully both.>

It's a pun on a line in an old nursery rhyme which runs, "Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie..."

Feb-27-19  morfishine: This game title constitutes elderly abuse
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  OhioChessFan: The pun is a little strained, but the payoff is worth it.
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  offramp: <Check It Out: Is the pun reference a speech one or a 420 one? Hopefully both.>

It is based on a line from a <Fairport Convention> song.

Feb-27-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 20 dpa done

1. + - (3.38): 24.gxf5 Rxf5 25.Nh4 Rf7 26.f5 Qc7 27.Be3 Qe7 28.fxg6 hxg6 29.Nxg6 Qd7 30.Nf4 Ne6 31.Nh5 Raf8 32.Rg3 Kh8 33.Rbg1 Rf3 34.Nxg7 Nxg7 35.Qg6 Rxg3 36.Qh6+ Kg8 37.Rxg3 a5 38.Qg6 Re8 39.Bh6 Re7 40.Qd6 Kh8 41.Bxg7+ Rxg7 42.Rxg7 Qxg7 43.Qxd5 Qg6 44.Qa8+ Kg7 45.Qxa5 Kh6 46.Qb4

2. + - (2.61): 24.Nh4 fxg4 25.Rxg4 Ra7 26.f5 Nc6 27.fxg6 h6 28.Rf4 Nxe5 29.Rxf8+ Bxf8 30.dxe5 Qf2+ 31.Ng2 Re7 32.Rb2 Rxe5 33.Bf4 Qxc2 34.Rxc2 Re6 35.Ne3 Rxg6 36.Nxd5 Kf7 37.Rf2 Ke8 38.Nc7+ Kd7 39.Rd2+ Kc8 40.Rg2 Rf6 41.Nd5 Rf5 42.Rd2 Kb7 43.Kg3 h5 44.Be3 Bd6+ 45.Nf4

Feb-27-19  Andrew Chapman: <I think 21...f5 is weak, when there was more on the queenside. In blocking white's advance black accelerates it!>Is it not the only move? To prevent 22.f5.
Feb-27-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 21 dpa

1. = (0.19): 23...Qd8 24.Bc1 b4 25.cxb4 fxg4 26.Rxg4 Ne7 27.Nh4 Qb6 28.Be3 Rf7 29.a3 Raf8 30.Kg2 Qc6 31.Rc1 Bh6 32.Qd2 Qa4 33.Rc3 Qd7 34.Qf2

2. + / = (0.26): 23...Qa7 24.Nh4 fxg4 25.Rbf1 b4 26.Rxg4 bxc3 27.Bxc3 Ne7 28.f5 Nxf5 29.Nxf5 Rxf5 30.Rxf5 gxf5 31.Qxf5 Qf7 32.Qg5 h6 33.Qe3 Rf8 34.Rg2 Qf3 35.Qc1 Qe4 36.Qd2 h5 37.a3 h4 38.Qg5 Rf7 39.a4 Kh7 40.a5

3. + / = (0.46): 23...Qb7 24.Nh4 Ne7 25.Bc1 a5 26.Ba3 b4 27.cxb4 axb4 28.Bxb4 fxg4 29.hxg4 Rxf4 30.Bd2 Rf2+ 31.Kg3 Rxd2 32.Qxd2 Qd7 33.Nf3 Nc6 34.Rgf1 Ra3 35.Qf4 Bf8 36.Rf2 Qa7 37.Kg2 Rxa2 38.e6 Rxf2+ 39.Kxf2 Bg7 40.Rd1 Qe7

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