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Reuben Fine vs Jose Raul Capablanca
AVRO (1938), The Netherlands, rd 3, Nov-10
French Defense: Winawer. Bogoljubow Variation (C17)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Dec-17-02  ughaibu: This was Capablanca's worst tournament, it's said that he suffered a stroke during it. It's probably Fine's best tournament, they played two exciting draws. Here I think Fine's mistake was f4, I read somewhere that if he first excahanges queens then plays f4 his position is much better.
Dec-17-02  Kulla Tierchen: AVRO marked the end of both Capablanca and Alekhine.
Dec-17-02  Sabatini: JR Capablanca later did well at Margate and was without a loss in the Buenos Aires chess olympics.
Dec-17-02  Kulla Tierchen: Perhaps I spoke too soon.
Dec-17-02  Kulla Tierchen: Could you tell about the weather during the 1927 match?
Dec-17-02  Sabatini: I do not know about the weather in Buenos Aries in the spring of 1927. How would I know that?
Dec-17-02  Kulla Tierchen: I was under the impression that you hailed from down that way. I must have had you confused with somebody else. Pero ché, no sos argentino.
Dec-19-02  Sabatini: Not exactly.
Dec-20-02  Kulla Tierchen: Tant mieux; passons.
Jul-09-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: He's joking - he's talking about Gabriella Sabatini
Dec-18-04  capanegra: This was a great fight. <ughaibu>, I think your right, 22.♕xf5 ♗xf5 23.f4 could have been better for White. But even after that, Fine still had the chance to get a superior ending: 26.fxe5! and Black is in deep trouble. If 26...♖xg2+ 27.♖xg2 ♗xg2 28.e6+! And if 26...♕xe5 27.h3! ♖h4 28.♕xd4 ♕xd4 29.♘xd4 ♗xg2 30.♘f5.

The move 26.♘c5? gave Capablanca the opportunity to reply with a bright combination with ♗xg2!-♖ag8!-exf4! threatening f3 and ♕xc5 at the same time. Unfortunately he missed 42...f5! at the end, which would have resulted in a favorable Queen ending.

Mar-25-05  Karpova: <ughaibu: Here I think Fine's mistake was f4, I read somewhere that if he first excahanges queens then plays f4 his position is much better.>

this is wrong. 22.f4 is a very good move (in fact winning). the mistake was 26.nc5? while fe:! was the winning move. belavenetz has analysed this position.

Mar-25-05  RookFile: Although Capablanca was not at his
best, this game shows what a terrific
defender he was.
Aug-14-07  Karpova: Reinfeld says after 26.Nc5 that <Fine had six minutes left for thirteen moves, Capablanca only had one minute left!> which is amazing.
Aug-18-09  WhiteRook48: and he drew
Jul-21-10  sevenseaman: <ughaibu> yes. It is important for white to exchange Queens as early as possible. Hereon after qeens are off the board white has a better position.


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And he takes out an attacking piece from the combining Q<R and ws B.

Mar-30-15  Howard: Hans Ree once said in New in Chess that Fine missed a win in this game.

Was it on the 26th move ?

Mar-30-15  jvv: Yes, probably 26.Nc5 was the last mistake.
Feb-27-16
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  perfidious: <Kulla Tierchen: AVRO marked the end of both Capablanca and Alekhine.>

Alekhine underwent a reincarnation during WWII.

Nov-03-19  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I have read that Capablanca suffered a heart attack during this tournament, although he did later die of a stroke.
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