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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Edward S Maddock
"I Fall To Pieces" (game of the day Jul-08-2022)
Simul, 40b (1922) (exhibition), New York, NY USA, Feb-23
King's Gambit: Accepted. Breyer Gambit (C33)  ·  1-0



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Sep-10-05  larsenfan: <keypusher: Here is another famous game where Capablanca turns the exposed position of the queen into an asset: >

Thanks for the advise key, I already know Capa-Chase, and no doubt: Capa is a genius, but this time not very original, if u like these lines take a look at Spielmann-Moller 1920, a very similar sac, for sure Capa knew.

Sep-10-05  paladin at large: <Capa is a genius, but this time not very original> This hardly constitutes valid criticism, especially when you consider the following game was a simul. How many masters would be able -and then actually dare - to embark on such a path with only seconds to calculate?

Capablanca vs A Chase, 1922

Sep-10-05  ughaibu: Larsenfan: thanks for pointing out Spielmann vs J Moeller, 1920, as you say, it predates the Capablanca games and there's a fair possibility that Capablanca would've seen it.
Sep-10-05  MarvinTsai: <Lawrence> is right, after 31.Qxf3, it might have been a wholly different ending.
Apr-01-07  shoorrk: this game has features of the fischer-byrne "game of the century". Both games involve a queen sac which draws their opponents into an inescapable mating net with the minor pieces.
Apr-01-07  Gouki: why didnt black just take the bishop on 27...♕xe5?
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  technical draw: <why didnt black just take the bishop on 27...Qxe5?> Cause he would lose the queen
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  technical draw: 27..Qxe5 28.Bxb7 Kb8 and 29. Nc6 check and queen is gone next move.
Mar-10-13  Garech: Capa with the Breyer variation; just awesome. Definitely GOTD material!


Mar-10-13  Garech: The queen sac itself is sound, and Capa played a nearly perfect game...

The one moment where he went wrong was with 28.Nxb7 - much stronger was 28.Bxb7+ or 28.Nc4.

For example: 28.Nc4 forces ...Qa6, and then comes 29.Ne4 and how does black defend the c5 pawn? (b6 is losing after Nd6+) he can try Rd5 but now 30.Rg1!

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and black has huge problems. His safest bet is ...Rxe5 (if Ne8 Rg8 Kd7 Rxe8 Kxe8 Nf6+) but after Nxe5 black is just hopeless.

Alternatively, 28.Bxb7+ Kb8 29.Nc6+ Kxb7 30.Nxd8+ Ka8 31.Nd7! is crushing:

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31...Qa6 is again forced, and now comes Rg1 again, and black is busted. This line is a lot more clear-cut and forcing, thus it's even more surprising that Capa did not play it.

After his 28.Nxb7 Maddock found the correct move in ...c4 but followed up incorrectly; 31...Qxf3! was the correct way to play; a hard move to play when your opponent also has a rook hanging! Best play continues 32.Nxf7 Ne8 with the resultant position:

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which is almost exactly equal, although it's hard to fancy black's chances in the long run.

Very interesting game anyway!


Mar-10-13  IndigoViolet: Putting down a Mad Dog.
Oct-19-14  Owl: why not 33...Kb8 more safe than putting your king out there with its queen. A Knight Fork bound to happen
Aug-03-15  Old Chess: Nova York, 23 de Janeiro de 1922.

Capablanca em simultânea no Manhattan Chess Club, contra 40 tabuleiros. (+37 =3 -0)

Os três empates: David Warburgh, de 14 anos de idade, jogador de Stuyvesant High School, NYC. Os outros foram E. Tholfsen e B. Bacchkiroff. Esta foi a primeira exibição do cubano em NY após a conquista do Título Mundial.

Fonte das informações: "American Chess Bulletin", Março de 1922, pág. 42.

Aug-08-15  Old Chess: Errata: a data correta é 23 de Fevereiro de 1922, de acordo com David Hooper e Dale A. Brandreth in "The Unknown Capablanca",pág.189.
Dec-15-15  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in New York, New York on February 23, 1922.

Capablanca scored +37=3-0.

Jun-02-19  Phony Benoni: Had he been so inclined, Capablanca would have been a marvelous end game study composer. His pieces have magic.
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  louispaulsen88888888: I have been playing this recently (Q-B3), but it doesn’t seem very good. The main strength is black will probably be completely on his own, never having seen it before. White usually gets back the pawn and has 2 center pawns to one, and some cheap possibilities. On the other hand, black easily gets at least equality and white often ends up moving the Q too much. Here’s me struggling to equalize, then missing a few wins, then settling for a draw:

Event "ICC 25 10"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2020.06.25"]
[Round "-"]
[White "korbindallas"]
[Black "Inkol"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ICCResult "Game drawn because neither player has mating material"] [WhiteElo "1869"]
[BlackElo "1992"]
[Opening "KGA: Breyer gambit"]
[ECO "C33"]
[NIC "KG.03"]
[Time "11:55:02"]
[TimeControl "1500+10"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Qf3 Nc6 4. Qxf4 Bd6 5. Qf2 Nf6 6. Nc3 Qe7 7. d3 Bc5 8. Qh4 Nd4 9. Kd1 d6 10. Nf3 Be6 11. Bg5 O-O-O 12. Nd5 Bxd5 13. exd5 Nxf3 14. gxf3 Qe5 15. c3 Qxd5 16. Bxf6 Qxf3+ 17. Kc2 gxf6 18. Qh3+ Qxh3 19. Bxh3+ Kb8 20. d4 Bb6 21. Raf1 Rde8 22. Rxf6 Re2+ 23. Kc1 a5 24. Rxf7 a4 25. Bg4 Rg2 26. Bh3 Re2 27. Bg4 Rg2 28. Bh3 Re2 29. a3 c5 30. Bg4 Re3 31. Bf3 Bc7 32. dxc5 dxc5 33. Rd1 Bxh2 34. Bxb7 Rhe8 35. Bh1 R3e7 36. Rd7 Re1+ 37. Kc2 Rxh1 38. Rxh7 Kc8 39. Rd2 Ree1 40. Rhxh2 Rc1+ 41. Kd3 Rhf1 42. Rh7 Rcd1 43. Rh2 Rf3+ 44. Ke2 Rdf1 45. Rh4 R1f2+ 46. Ke1 Rf1+ 47. Ke2 R1f2+ 48. Kd1 Rxd2+ 49. Kxd2 Rf2+ 50. Kd3 Rxb2 51. Rxa4 Kc7 52. Kc4 Kb6 53. Kd5 Rb3 54. c4 Rd3+ 55. Ke6 Rc3 56. Ra8 Rxc4 57. Rb8+ Kc6 58. Rc8+ Kb6 59. Rb8+ Kc6 60. Rc8+ Kb6 61. Rh8 Rc3 62. a4 Ka5 63. Rh4 Ra3 64. Kd5 Rxa4 65. Rxa4+ Kxa4 66. Kxc5 Game drawn because neither player has mating material 1/2-1/2

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  louispaulsen88888888: I meant cheapo possibilities
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  OhioChessFan: Pun might be better suited for this game:

J Johnson vs J Cline, 1979

Jul-08-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: Yes, <OhioChessFan>, but that game already had a pun. :(
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  HeMateMe: Patsy Cline makes it to! Yeah!
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  OhioChessFan: <cheapo>, true, and not a very good one, certainly not as good as this one.
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  Teyss: Incredible play by Capablanca, especially in simul.

Does the pun only relate to the minor pieces dominating the Queen or is there another reference to the game?

<OhioChessFan: Pun might be better suited for this game: J Johnson vs J Cline, 1979> Well spotted!

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  perfidious: While I am curious whether all this is sound, it is a remarkable game, the more so for having been played in a simul.
Jul-08-22  ajile: if White takes the Knight on a5 before RxB.


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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit :

1. = (0.09): 19...Bxc3 20.Rxg8 Nd4+ 21.Kxc3 Nxf3 22.Rg2 Nd4 23.Bf1 d5 24.Kb2 b6 25.Rc1 bxa5 26.Rxc5+ Kb7 27.Rc7+ Qxc7 28.Bxc7 Kxc7 29.Ng4 Kc6 30.Ne3 dxe4 31.dxe4 Nf3 32.Rf2 Nxh4

2. ± (1.30): 19...Nxc3 20.Nc4 Nb5 21.Be3 Qc7 22.a4 Nd4+ 23.Bxd4 Bxd4 24.Rxg8 Rxg8 25.Rd2 Kb8 26.Qf4 Rg2

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