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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Richard Reti
London (1922), London ENG, rd 10, Aug-12
Indian Game: Kingside Fianchetto (A48)  ·  1-0



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  keypusher: White shows a similar style in Karpov vs Spassky, 1974
Dec-11-06  who: I think I might try this in a game. Oh wait. I don't play 1.d4 - but if I do.
Dec-11-06  Whitehat1963: Would 33...Ke7 have worked better?
May-09-08  whiteshark: "So far Signor Reti is the only man who has made Capablanca put one hand up to his head. When Mr. Capablanca really starts to think - then the chess pieces will realise that the game is up and scurry back to their box."

Enjoy hilarious cartoons marking the London, 1922 tournament! <C.N. <3938. Cartoons>>

May-09-08  who: Why would 33...Ke7 change anything?
May-09-08  whiteshark: 33...Ke7 34.Rxd6 Nf6 will transpose. Is there anything else? Maybe 34...Nh6 35.e5 Nf5 36.g4!, although it doesn't look any better.
Dec-24-12  ColdSong: Marvellously simple and efficient.I once heard a serious IM saying that black has more than an only good plan to prove that the idea h3 and Bf4 is wrong:I rather agree.So what got wrong with Reti's plan? I've got my idea but well, King's Indian players know how dangerous and stupid it can easily be to criticize a plan that seems to prove to be wrong.As far as I understand chess,black's position seems definitely annoying after 19.b4,and Capablanca shows his class with some moves like 15.d5!,16.Bb5! and 23.Qd3!.
Dec-07-14  Howard: Looks like yet another effortless win by Capablanca. By 1922, he was clearly in a class by himself---except for possibly Lasker. Remember, Lasker placed ahead of Capa at both New York 1924 and at Moscow 1925---despite Capa's being world champion during this time.
Dec-29-14  thegoodanarchist: Maroczy isn't exactly verbose with the notes, is he?
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  MissScarlett: Capa wrote a series of articles during London (1922) for <The Times>. From 14th August, 1922, p.14:

<I had a very interesting game with Reti, who adopted one of his new lines of defence. The position became very complicated in the middle game, and while I obtained the upper hand, I could not make much headway against the able defence of my opponent. Finally towards the end, when Queens were off - on the 27th move, in fact - Reti made a weak move, and I took advantage of it immediately to secure a win. Reti resigned on the 38th move.

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This interesting position arose after my 25th move - Na5. Reti made the right reply, 25. . . . Qd4. If instead he had played 25...Nd4, then I would have won with f4! The continuation might have been 26...Nxc6 27.Bg1 Qa6 28.Qxd6 and Black must lose a piece.>

Capa overlooked 28...Nxb4! when 29.Rxc8+ Qxc8 30.Qxb4 Qc1+ when White should submit to a perpetual.

Aug-05-15  capafischer1: There is no perpetual. The king simply goes to h2 after 2 checks and black is still down a piece and completely losing.
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  MissScarlett: How do you get to h2 after Qxf4+?
May-29-16  Retireborn: <MissS> after 30.Qxb4 Qc1+ 31.Qe1 Qxf4+ 32.Bf2 Nxe4 White's king can go to g1 (if not h2), avoiding the perpetual. I don't think White is winning then though,as Black has 3 pawns and Na5 is not a very active piece.

After 30.Qxb4 Houdini gives 30...Qc2! as the strongest reply, with ideas of ...Nh5-g3 or ...Nxe4.

It looks as if 25...Qd4 and 25...Nd4 are equally good.

Sep-08-18  cappanegra: Why 11.Bh2?
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  beatgiant: <capanegra>
<Why 11.Bh2?>
In the further course of the game, White plays e4 and Black plays ...e5. White wants to be able to reply to that with d5, which isn't possible with the bishop on f4 (where it would be attacked by ...e5).
Sep-08-18  cappanegra: Thank you, beatgiant
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  kingscrusher: Playing against the London system is bad, playing against the London system in a tournament in London is bad and funny, but playing Black against Capablanca in the London system is the very worst!
Jun-15-22  tbontb: Capablanca maintains a nagging edge throughout and Reti cracks with 27....Rc7. After this the Nd4 cannot be maintained and retreating by 28....Ne6 loses to 29.Nb7. The suggested defence by 27....Nh5 is indeed much better as 28.g4 Nf4 29.Bxf4 gxf4 looks only equal, while 28.Bg1 Ng3+ 29.Kf2 Nge2 may even be slightly better for Black.

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