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Geza Maroczy vs Jose Raul Capablanca
London (1922), London ENG, rd 7, Aug-08
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Closed Showalter Variation (C66)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-31-04  Lawrence: 8.....Nd7 seems unCapalike but "Chess Stars" agrees that this is what José Raúl played. Was he just trying to discombobulate Maroczy or is there another justification for this move?
Jul-31-04  sneaky pete: <Lawrence> 8... Nd7 is given in The Book of the London International Chess Congress 1922. "In the 14th game referred to above (matchgame Lasker vs Capablanca) Mr.Capablanca played 8... PxP" is all annotator Geza Maroczy has to say about it. He doesn't seem to be discombobulated in the least.
Aug-01-04  Lawrence: <sneaky pete>, as you say, Capa played 8.....exd4 in the 14th game against Lasker. Capa won that game.

Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921

So Maroczy doesn't mention anything about the 8....Nd7 that Capa played in their own game. It looks weak, and Junior confirms that it's inferior. That's why I was wondering what justification Capa might have had for playing it.

Aug-01-04  Calli: May not be so weak. Lasker was unable to make any progress against it Lasker vs I Rabinovich, 1925
Aug-01-04  Lawrence: <Calli>, Junior 8 thinks that Maroczy and Lasker didn't play the best move. It gives

9.d5 ♘c5
10.♕c4 ♗d7
11.b4 ♘a6
12.♗e3 0-0 eval +1.39 (15 min. search)

Aug-01-04  Calli: The resulting pawn structure after d5 is very much like a King's Indian. Computer seems wildly optimistic, probably giving overating White's space advantage. Black will soon play f5 and is okay, IMHO.

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