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Rudolf Spielmann vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Karlsbad (1929), Karlsbad CSR, rd 20, Aug-24
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern. Knight Defense (D51)  ·  1-0



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Aug-14-04  iron maiden: This game made Spielmann one of only five players in history to defeat Capablanca more than once. The other four were Alekhine (seven times), Marshall (four), Lasker (twice), and Corzo, though Capa was still only a boy at the time. Botvinnik also beat the Cuban twice, but one of those wins was a simul.
Nov-29-04  kostich in time: Spielmann apparently spent a whole year after new York 1927 studying rook and pawn endings. Judging from this triumph, it was time well spent
Nov-30-04  euripides: It's strikingly modern, though unsuccessful, play by Capablanca - playing the bishop to d6, flinging the g pawn forward and keeping the king in the middle.
Oct-20-06  RookFile: Speilmann beat Capablanca twice. Amazing.
Oct-20-06  who: Fritz thinks Capa's attempt to clear all the pawns with 31...h4 was the losing move. 31...Ng6 32.Rxa7 (forced) Rd6 33.Ke4 (forced) Ne7 and white can't prevent black from getting the pawn back with Rd2
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  beatgiant: <who>
On 31...Ng6, why is 32. Rxa7 forced?

For example, 31...Ng6 32. Rxh8 Nxh8 33.b4, etc. gives White a strong attack on the queenside. Black could counterattack on the kingside, but in such a race on opposite sides of the board, a bishop has better range than a knight.

Jul-16-09  WhiteRook48: easy to win against Capablanca when you're up two pawns and it's the ending
Aug-10-09  WhiteRook48: 54...Ne6 MATE IN 3
May-01-12  fokers13: If Re7,Rxf4(aka terrible move).
Apr-14-14  john barleycorn: Spielmann's wins are from 1928 and 1929 after Capablanca lost the title. Before that I guess his awe for Capablanca and thinking he was invincible was a kind of handicap for him.
Aug-26-14  The17thPawn: <john barleycorn> - I'm not convinced Spielmann was in awe of anyone. He played everyone tough including Alekhine, Schlecter and Rubinstein. Though Akiba admittedly got the better of him more often than the others.
Feb-16-15  kengol: According to Ludek Pachman, in his excellent book 'Decisive games in chess history', 25. Kd3, Ne6 26.Bd5 Re7 27.Re1 R(h8)e8 28. g4, is a more incisive way to win. He also points out that 30...Ng6 31.Rxh8.Nxh8 32.Kd4, followed by Kc5, wins. Further he mentions 33.Ke4 is more accurate.
Jun-23-16  edubueno: 17...Ae6 is a mistake and 18...Dc7 is a worste move.
Jun-26-17  Albion 1959: When it looks as if Spielmann winning plan was with those two doubled b-pawns, he wins by being one of those rare individuals to put Capablanca's king into a mating net !
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