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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Vladas Mikenas
Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-A (1939), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 7, Sep-08
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Zurich Variation (E33)  ·  1-0



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Mar-19-05  Karpova: an extraordinary beautiful game!

black committed several inaccuracies but no blunders. the decisive mistake has probably been 17....b6?. Mikenas should have tried to bring the knight into play (kt4-q3). this would have stopped capa's 19.b5! though black's position would have remained inferior. there's no counterplay on the queenside and the bishop is completely out of play.

Mar-20-05  gadfly: <capa's 19.b5> I assume you mean 19.f5, right?
Mar-23-05  Karpova: <gadfly>
yes, 19.f5
Mar-23-05  hintza: 7...Ne4! looks much better for Black.
Sep-14-06  notyetagm: 20 fxe6! begins a wonderful petite combination by Capablanca, leading to a two-pawn advantage in a simplified queenless position.
Sep-14-06  notyetagm: Note how Capablanca had seen Black's combinational idea 19 ... b5?! 20 ♗a2? ♕xe5! 21 dxe5 ♖xd3, winning a piece, and had already prepared the refutation 20 fxe6! when he played 19 f5.
Dec-28-08  Ulhumbrus: the move 23 Rxf7 withdraws the offer of the Rook made on the 21st move by 21 Rxf6. As Black has to take White's Queen and so allow 22 exf7+ which will be followed by 23 Rxf7, we can say that White's offer of the Rook compels Black to allow White to withdraw the offer of the Rook.
Dec-28-08  Emma: Nice game.
Dec-28-08  visayanbraindoctor: <Karpova: an extraordinary beautiful game!> Wow, I agree! Capablanca was acting like the chess machine he used to be in his younger days, before his troubles with HPN. He accurately, efficiently, and beautifully demolished Mikenas' inaccurate play.

Mikenas was a strong GM-strength Baltic player (later awarded the FIDE GM title post WW2), who has beaten several World Champions and near-World Champions, and was much respected in the Soviet school of chess. Yet Capablanca in this demolition makes him look almost like a newbie.

Aug-10-14  capafischer1: Capa won 12 games with zero losses on the white side of nimzoindian. amazing.

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