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Jose Raul Capablanca vs A Chase
Simul, 40b (1922) (exhibition), New York, NY USA, Feb-23
King's Gambit: Accepted. Breyer Gambit (C33)  ·  1-0



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Dec-30-08  Garech: Well everyone, whatever way you look at it, it was a great game from Capablanca ... I don't think many people would have given up the queen in that situation, it's a credit to his massive skill that he did ... I really think this should be a game of the day in the future.
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  sleepyirv: <Garech> It certainly has good pun potential.
Jan-25-09  WhiteRook48: great way how White Chases the Queen
Mar-01-09  WhiteRook48: he was Chased!!
May-19-10  mhelshou: I'm surprised that nobody mentioned that 22. Bf3 was a bad mistake that Black could have exploited to his advantage but didn't.
Sep-27-11  DrMAL: I don't play King's Gambit real often but this game has a fascinating opening. 9.Nd2 allows 9...Bg4 to force 10.Nxe4 but it's an excellent move. The counter-sac 11...Qxf6 was better than 11...Ke7 after this move Cappy has all the fun. Difficult to believe this was a simul game his intuition was amazingly fast!
Sep-28-11  SChesshevsky: This was a fascinating opening.

Do you think Capablanca had seen this line before? It seems pretty aggressive to judge the two Bishops, a serious advantage in space and multiple Black weak spots much better versus the Queen OTB.

I wonder if he would have played the line against a more established player?

Sep-29-11  DrMAL: <SChesshevsky> Great name you picked LOL...good questions too. I assumed he was not familiar with it, as 7...g5 was unusual even if so strong (best?). It's only speculation but I think he would have played it (basically, 9.Nd2 since 9...Bg4 forces 10.Nxe4) against anyone, it has good winning chances. Maybe with a top level player he'd expect counter-sac 11...Qxf6 which then looks drawish that's the only factor against, cheers.
Sep-29-11  Shams: <SChesshevsky>

Capablanca had himself played the Breyer Gambit before:

Capablanca vs E S Maddock, 1922

As for the flashy sac shown here (completely sound by the way), he had probably seen this Spielmann game or another like it:

Spielmann vs J Moeller, 1920

Sep-29-11  DrMAL: Thanx <Shams> this explains to me why he could have played 9.Nd2 in a simul so quickly. From Spielmann vs J Moeller, 1920 game no doubt he was already familiar with it.
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  OhioChessFan: I realize it was just a simul, but I can't believe Capa missed 12. Bxg5
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.
Oct-26-15  ToTheDeath: Great simul queen sac by Capa. A shame he never played like this in tournaments. He had the talent but was too lazy to calculate sacs like Alekhine.
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  MissScarlett: <Capablanca had himself played the Breyer Gambit before:

Capablanca vs E S Maddock, 1922>

These games were played simultaneously...

Dec-15-15  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in New York, New York on February 23, 1922.

Capablanca scored +37=3-0.

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  al wazir: <OhioChessFan: I can't believe Capa missed 12. Bxg5>: Bh6 13. Nxd5+ Ke8 14. Bxd8 Bxd5 15. Bxc7. White has three ♙s for his trouble. Boring.
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  beatgiant: <OhioChessFan>,<al wazir> Why wouldn't Black reply 12. Bxg5 <Ke6> and then 13. Nxf3 Bh6. I don't see the big advantage compared to the actual game. What am I missing?
Apr-03-16  cunctatorg: The bottom line: some Capablanca's games, being played in simultaneous exhibitions, are real gems and masterpieces!!
Mar-17-18  Great Bear: Time to resign, because of mate in 3. 25... Kd8 26. Rf7 Kc8. 27. Rf8 Rf8 28. Rf8#
Mar-17-18  Grandma Sturleigh: <<beatgiant> Why wouldn't Black reply 12. Bxg5 <Ke6> and then 13. Nxf3 Bh6. I don't see the big advantage compared to the actual game. What am I missing?>

12. Bxg5 Ke6 13 gxf3! and Black doesn't have a good answer to the threat of Bh3+.

Feb-06-19  DrGridlock: <InspiredByMorphy: Black should have fought fire with fire and sacrificed the queen right back with 11. ...Qxf6!>

Computer analysis confirms 11 ... Qxf6 as black's best reply.

But you're playing a simul against Capablanca, and suddenly find yourself a up a queen for a knight with no imminent mating threats. Aren't you going to try to keep the queen?

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  Stonehenge: Cut to the Chase
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  Stonehenge: Photo of this simul:

Jun-26-20  C. Auguste Dupin: Capablanca, in my opinion, pioneered a new way to look at and play chess. His style was evaluation- based chess for which , I consider him to have an even greater talent than technical endings. His intuition and judgement of positions on the basis of piece activity was amazing (which he backed up with precise calculation in his best days) given that in his time these concepts were still in their infancy and chess theory was more or less unclear during that time ( given the classical vs hypermodern debate). In this game, Capablanca's queen sac shows his extraordinary insight into chess positions. Within a few moves the black queen, tied up to her defensive duties, degenerates to perhaps the most helpless pieces on the board, even weaker than white's minor pieces whose brilliant coordination proves to be decisive in the end.
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