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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Moscow (1935), Moscow URS, rd 2, Feb-16
Gruenfeld Defense: Three Knights Variation (D90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-01-07  PositionalBomber: kind of a decent picture:
Aug-02-09  Knight13: 11...e5 12. d5 and White is better. Part of Capablanca's a4 was to discourage ...e5 so Black wouldn't have a6-b5 to flank c4 supporting d5.
Mar-02-11  ColdSong: I don't see why 19...Rc1 does not win easily.
Mar-02-11  Jim Bartle: Looks like 19...Rxc1 just leads to a one-pawn advantage for white.

19...Rc1 20 Rxb7 Rxd1+ 21 Bxd1 Rc1 22 Kf1 Rxd1+ 23 Ke2, and black has to lose either the knight or the rook.

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  Phony Benoni: <ColdSong: I don't see why 19...Rc1 does not win easily.>

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After 20.Rxb7 Rxd1+ 21.Bxd1 Rc1 22.Kf1! Rxd1+ 23.Ke2, Black loses one of his attacked pieces and remains a pawn down.

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  chancho: Photo of this game:
Jun-03-11  AVRO38: <chancho> Thanks for the pic.

There are a number of clues that the picture is depicting the situation after 6.Qb3.

1. It's Botvinnik's move.
2. The black knight is on d5.
3. Capa hasn't castled yet.
4. The demo board shows the white bishop still on f1.

The only point in the game when all of the above are valid is after 6.Qb3. Actually just the first two clues are sufficient.

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  perfidious: Black improved on his play in this later game at Moscow: Goglidze vs Botvinnik, 1935.
Jul-03-13  RookFile:

Photo of this game.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Phony Benoni: <ColdSong:>>

Your line is probably what Botvinnik referred to (cited in Linder & Linder's book on Capablanca, 3rd World Chess Champion, p. 195):

“In the Moscow tournament, I had the Black pieces against him and I managed to bring the struggle to a drawn endgame. Then suddenly Capablanca appeared to have ‘overlooked’ the loss of a piece! But in actual fact, White had prepared (had I been tempted to win the piece) a quiet move, which would have won him a pawn. All this was cleverly camouflaged …”

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