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David Janowski vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Havana (1913), Havana CUB, rd 6, Feb-22
Indian Game: Wade-Tartakower Defense (A46)  ·  1-0



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Jun-12-03  bishop: One of Capablanca's rare losses.I believe that after 12...N8d7 Capa is ok but ...Nxe4 leaves him a little worse because of his slightly weak king position. Capa's 15...Ne6 definitely puts him in a bad spot as later he has to resort to the awkward looking 18...Kf6 to hold the K-Pawn. Im having trouble understanding the move 20...g5, but after 23.h4! Janowski picked up a Pawn.
Jun-12-03  Calli: <bishop> I think you have picked some of the key points of this game. Capablanca said that he should have played 12...0-0-0, but got all worried about the f5 square. White threatens to play Ng3 and Bf5. This explains 12...Nxe4 and 14...Bg6 which get him into trouble.

20...g5! is very interesting. Capa saw that white could push his Kingside pawns and win the e pawn. He just plays h4, g4, g5. So he stops h4 with g5, intending to follow it with g6. If white plays h4 with Capa's pawns at g5 and g6, he simply takes gxh4. IF white retakes with the knight, f5 is guarded. If he takes with the Queen, simply Kg7. Everything would be safe. Somehow he never played g6!

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  Honza Cervenka: The gamescore seems to be incomplete here. Complete game is Janowski vs Capablanca, 1913
Jun-13-03  Calli: <Honza> You are right, the other game is conplete. I think what happened is that Capa gave the score only as far as move 36 in "Chess Fundamentals" noting that the game went on for some moves but was hopeless. As a result you find both scores circulating today.
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  stoy: David Janowski & Siegbert Tarrasch were the only players to defeat the first four world champions. Now I know how Janowski got his only win!
Feb-14-09  apf123: Capa beat Janowski 9 to 1 with 1 draw
Dec-31-11  Tridel: It's weird. I could've sworn White was Capablanca. I look back up and it's Janowski. A rare loss where Capa's own style was turned against him...
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  maxi: Capa analyzes this game in Chess Fundamentals in a rather superficial manner. For one thing, he never gives any credit to Janowski's very precise handling of his better position. Furthermore he keeps being overly optimistic of his own chances of saving the game. His strength was not analysis, that's for sure.
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  offramp: <Maxi> Surely it was in the nature of that book that the annotations would be superficial. It was a beginner's book.
Nov-07-17  zanzibar: Capa's only tournament book is <Havana 1913>:

Does anybody have it?

What's the quality of Capablanca's annotations in that work?


Nov-07-17  zanzibar: I guess Ishi Press has it as well (or should that be had it?):

Nov-07-17  zanzibar: Hathi-trust also has it, as referenced on <Calli>'s list:

Nov-07-17  Magpye: <zanzibar: Capa's only tournament book is <Havana 1913>:

Does anybody have it?>

I have Winter's English translation.

<What's the quality of Capablanca's annotations in that work?>

About the same as in his Chess Fundamentals. Fair to middling.

Nov-07-17  zanzibar: The game is on p53 of the tournament book, and the notes there look fairly superficial as well - though, being in Spanish, my assessment is also superficial.
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  maxi: <zanzibar> This game, Janowski-Capablanca, is precisely from that tournament, Havana 1913. So Capa commented this game twice, in Fundamentals and the Tournament Book. Boy, would I like to see his comments. But I fear, Capa being like he was, that he simply plagiarized himself.
Nov-08-17  RookFile: It seemed like Capa was unnecessarily horsing around in this game. It cost him too, Marshall won the tournament.
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  OhioChessFan: I guess I haven't played over many Capa losses, but this one is truly awful. 20...g5 in particular is bizarre. He could and probably should have resigned after the Queens came off the board while 2 Pawns down.
Dec-15-19  zydeco: At the time Capablanca was playing all his games with this not-very-sophisticated setup as black, pawns on d6 and e5 and a bishop on e7, and getting away with it. It took Janowski to expose the vulnerability of black’s formation - he’s inherently constricted and can be squeezed to the breaking point.
Dec-16-19  Carrots and Pizza: 18...Kf6 reminds me of the kind of move Steinitz would like to make. Capablanca plays some weird chess in this game and Janowski beats the pants off him! Down goes Capa! Down goes Capa!
Jan-18-23  Stolzenberg: The safe square for the black king is g8. Capa's problems started already when he avoided to castle.
May-17-23  Mathematicar: Never saw this game before. A great day for Janowski, for sure.
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  perfidious: <Tridel.... A rare loss where Capa's own style was turned against him...>

'Bout says it all; an outstanding game by Janowski.

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