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Reginald Pryce Michell vs Jose Raul Capablanca
"Prehistoric Hedgehog" (game of the day Feb-03-2022)
Hastings (1919), Hastings ENG, rd 7, Aug-18
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C72)  ·  0-1



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  keypusher: Sort of a prehistoric hedgehog at move 34.
Mar-29-06  EricCartman: This game is so instructive, Capa plays so easy and slowly puts on some pressure and wins
Oct-30-06  Castle In The Sky: What's really great about this game is how Capa uses his queen and rook to provoke white into creating kingside pawn weaknesses. See 21...Qg5 22.h4 and 25...Re5 26. f4
Mar-01-14  WhoKeres: Capa's play reminds me of Petrosian in this game. Lots of cat and mouse maneuvering leading to a won endgame primarily due to white's doubled b pawns. A beautiful example of patient exploitation of small advantages by Capa.
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  Phony Benoni: Pawns can't move backwards. Pieces can. Simple as that.
Feb-03-22  Brenin: The mouse manages to survive (just) until 41 f5, but then his pawn weaknesses allow the cat to have its meal. Capa won this Victory Hastings with 10.5/11, and this game shows why.
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  OhioChessFan: A mere 16 years for <keypusher> to reach GOTD via <PB>. I don't think it's a hedgehog, but no matter.
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  Phony Benoni: Most creatures barely resemble their prehistoric counterparts.

While the resemblance here is more in the spirit than in the flesh, it still seems to be present.

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  MissScarlett: A picture of the game in progress:

That's Capa in the hat.

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  keypusher: Nice to see my post from the Oligocene up in lights. Thanks, PB and MissScarlett!
Feb-03-22  spingo: <keypusher: Nice to see my post from the Oligocene up in lights.>

I think it was from the Bilel Bellahcene.

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  sleepyirv: This is not the only prehistoric opening on Capablanca's records, as he famously played a proto-Benko gambit against Nimzowitsch: Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1914

Alfred North Whitehead once wrote “All of Western philosophy is but a footnote to Plato." Perhaps all chess openings are but a footnote to Capablanca.

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  kingscrusher: <Phony Benoni> Quite right - quite a vivid example in this game of patience and weakness provocation - "pawns don't go backwards" was the subject of some GM David Norwood lectures instead of the expected look at brilliant combinations. It is something modern players need to be reminded of constantly too.

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