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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Nikolay Zubarev
"Hell Hath No Fury" (game of the day Sep-09-2006)
Moscow (1925), Moscow URS, rd 17, Dec-02
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Rosenthal Variation (D21)  ·  1-0



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  Domdaniel: Thanks <CapablancaFan>, that's the one. I think Reti wanted to hit the White queen with the 'sensible' move 14...Re8, but Capa came up with 14...Bd4 instead.

I also recall some later spoilsport pointing out that this wasn't actually such a great move after all... any idea who it was?

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  kevin86: White's nimble queen really dances in this one-all while black's poor staid queen is finally set up as a lamb to the slaughter.

A pun on CHRISTINE-Stephen's King's book about a killer car,a 1957 Plymouth Fury--Hell hath no woman like a Fury scorned.

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  Gypsy: < Domdaniel: ... I also recall some later spoilsport pointing out that this wasn't actually such a great move after all... any idea who it was? > Euwe.
Sep-09-06  NateDawg: <Dim Weasel> "Hell hath no Fury like a Woman scorn'd" is from "The Mourning Bride" as RandomVisitor said. I am assuming that in this game it applies to the specific instance when Black played 33...♗xf4?, thinking that he could mess up White's pawn structure before the inevitable (or so he thought) queen trade, underestimating White's queen. The queen obviously felt "scorned" and unleashed a fury the likes of which hell hath not.
Sep-10-06  sfm: 35.d6+
Black: "Hah! Hopefully you don't think I'm going to capture this pawn with my king??" White: "Let me check..."
Sep-10-06  whatthefat: The combination starting with 34.Re1+ is very elegant, and not simple to analyze over the board.
Jul-08-08  Laboratory: The game continued 43...Rb8 44.Da7+ Kc6 45.Dxh7 Tb2 46.Dxg6 when black really resigned. This chessgames version is too short.
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  plang: Played in the 17th round; two rounds later Capablanca played 5 Bxc4 against Bogoljubov which he considered to be a clear improvement. Black could have avoided the weakening of his kingside with 11..Be5 12 Qb3..Bxf3 13 Qxf3..Qb6 when he has decent chances; instead after his 11..Qc7? White had a solid edge. The alternative 12..Bxh2+ 13 Kh1..Nxf6 14 d6 would have been winning for White showing the importance of maintaining the blockade on d6. 23..Bb2? was an error overlooking Capablanca's reply; better was 23..Rae8 24 Re2..Bxb2 25 Rxb2..Rxe4 26 a5 with White better but still with a lot of play left.
Mar-29-20  Gaito: Domdaniel: Yes, that anecdote has been told by some (Chernev, for example). The game was a consultation game: White: Fahndrich & Kaufmann, Black: Capablanca & Reti, played in Vienna 1914.

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At this point, as Réti tells it: A position was arrived at in which the opportunity presented itself to develop a hitherto undeveloped piece and indeed with an attack. The obvious move 14...Rf8 was rejected by Capa, and instead he played 14...Bd4!!

Mar-29-20  Gaito: Apparently Zubarev did not resign after 43. Qxa6. According to some sources, the game continued for three more moves, namely: 43....Rb8 44.Qa7+ Kc6 45.Qxh7 Rb2 46.Qxg6, and Black resigned. One of my sources is a very old book published just one year after Capablanca's death in Argentina, written by Swedish master Gideon Stahlberg, a book that contains 105 of Capablanca's best games with very good annotations. That book is a very rare item now.
Mar-29-20  Gaito: I should have written "a very old book published in Argentina just one year after Capablanca's death". Sorry. I know that Capablanca died in New York city. Excuse my redaction. English is not my language.
Jul-10-20  Walter Glattke: 37.g4+ Kg5 38.Qe3+ Bf4 39.Qxe8 wins, "petite combinaison", but only +2
Jul-10-20  Walter Glattke: 37.Qd3+ Ke6? 38.Qc4+ Kf5? 39.Qg4# to answer that, or 38.Kxd6 as in the match.
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  beatgiant: <al wazir>
37...Ke6 38. Qc4+ transposes to the position that occurs in the game on move 40.
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  agb2002: White has a pawn for a bishop.

Black threatens Rb8.

The black king protects the queen. This suggests 34.Re1+:

A) 34... Be5 35.d6+

A.1) 35... Kxd6 36.Rd1+ wins decisive material.

A.2) 35... Kd8 36.Qb6+ Kc8 37.Rc1+ and mate soon.

A.3) 35... Ke6 36.Qb3+

A.3.a) 36... Kxd6 37.Rd1+ Ke7 38.Rxd7+ Kxd7 39.Qb7+ and 40.Qxa6 or 40.Qxh7 with a won ending.

A.3.b) 36... Kf5 37.Qd3+

A.3.b.i) 37... Ke6 38.Qc4+ Kxd6 (38... Kf5 39.Qg4#) 39.Rd1+ as in A.3.a.

A.3.b.ii) 37... Kg5 38.Qe3+ Kf5 (38... Bf4 39.Qxf4+ Kh5 40.Qh4#; 38... Kh5 39.g4+ wins the queen: 39... Kh4 40.Qh6#) 39.g4+ Ke6 40.Qb3+ Kxd6 41.Rd1+ as in A.3.a.

B) 34... Kd6 35.Qb6+ Kxd5 36.Rd1+ wins.

C) 34... Kd8 35.Qa1+ Kc7 (35... Qc8 36.Rxe8+ wins) 36.Rxe8 wins decisive material.

Jul-10-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Well, I nailed the main idea in a way I rarely do Friday or later.

34 Re1+ leads to gain of a rook or more unless Black interposes his bishop. Simplisitic attempts to exploit the resulting pin don't work. But after 35 d6+, the pawn is poisoned due to the Rd1+ skewer, other captures are prohibited by pins, and 2 of the 4 possible king moves lose the queen instantly. That leaves 35 ... Kd8 and 35 ... Ke6, both of which bring Black's king into grave danger.

Jul-10-20  Predrag3141: Today's puzzle starting after 33 ... Bxf4 reminds me of the July 4th puzzle, Ribli vs Unzicker, 1985 before White's 24th. There, Black was attacking White's queen and the "very difficult" solution was to get the queen out of danger. (Very difficult only if looking for a very clever move)

In today's puzzle position, after 33 ... Bxf4, I thought the "difficult" solution might well be to recapture the bishop. So I only briefly checked for other ideas before clicking through.

Jul-10-20  mel gibson: Easy today.

Stockfish 11 says:

34. Re1+

(34. Re1+ (♖b1-e1+ ♗f4-e5 d5-d6+
♔e7-e6 ♕b7-b3+ ♔e6xd6 ♖e1-d1+ ♔d6-e7 ♖d1xd7+ ♔e7xd7 ♕b3-b7+ ♗e5-c7 ♕b7xa6 ♖e8-e6 ♕a6-a8 ♖e6-e5 ♕a8-g8 ♖e5-e7 a4-a5 ♗c7xa5 ♕g8-d5+ ♔d7-e8 ♕d5xa5 ♔e8-f7 ♕a5-d8 g6-g5 ♕d8-d6 ♖e7-a7 ♕d6-c5 ♖a7-e7 ♔g1-g2 ♔f7-f8 ♕c5-c2 ♔f8-g7 ♕c2-f5 ♖e7-a7 ♕f5-g4 ♔g7-f7 h3-h4 g5xh4 g3xh4 ♔f7-f8 ♕g4-b4+ ♔f8-g7 h4-h5 ♖a7-f7 ♕b4-g4+ ♔g7-h6 ♕g4-f5 ♔h6-g7 ♕f5-e6) +7.31/43 105)

score for White +7.31 depth 43

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  Morten: Nice game and nice cold, logic end.

Slightly off-topic, but when I saw the pun I was hoping this was a game I had read a story about but never seen: In a game played with live pieces, Capablanca (who is said to have had an eye for that sort of thing) had noticed that the young girl "playing" his queen was very pretty. He wanted to ask her out after the game so he went to great lenghts to avoid an exchange of queens. He succeeded - but only in avoiding the exchange. In the end when the game had been won with his queen still on the board, he asked the girl out as planned. But she declined saying she had to go home and rest her feet after having been chased all around the board all night....

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  chrisowen: Devil in disguise?
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  drollere: i assume that black could have played for a draw by repeating Kf5 at move 40 rather than capture the pawn.
Jul-10-20  King.Arthur.Brazil: I would follow with 34. ♕xa6 and would lost!

1-34...♕xh3 35. ♖b7+ A) ♔d8 36. ♕a8+ or B) ♔f8 36. ♕xf6+, both with checkmate next.

2-34...♕xd5 35. ♖b7+ A) ♔d8 36. ♕a8+ or B) ♔f8 36. ♕xf6+, both with mate next.

3-34...♔f8 35.♕xf6+ ♕f7 36.♕xf4 with 3♙ ahead for the end game. 4-34...♗xg3 35.♖b7 ♗xf2+ 36.♔xf2 and black also is lost.

However, Black can protect him self with the easy with 34...♗c7! because 35.♖b7 ♖c8 or 35.♖e1+ ♔f7.

Therefore, the {34.Re1+? is the best! Analyzing this line: A) 34... ♔d8 35. ♕a8+ ♕c8 36. ♖xe8+ or B) 34...♔d6 35. ♕b6+ ♔xd5 36. ♖d1+ both win the ♕.

C) 34...♗e5 (forced) 35.d5+ (decisive! because Black cannot capture the ♙: ♔xd6 36. ♖d1+ win the ♕ too. It follows 36...♔e6 36. ♕b3+ ♔f5 37.♕d3+ with a checkmate net.

Jul-10-20  Diana Fernanda: Míster Drollere, after of 40., ....King f5 come Qg4 chessmate.
Jul-11-20  MostlyWatch: I think the devil's temptation was Kxd6. Black hovered around it, looked like he was going to avoid it, but then he fell for it.
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  kingscrusher: 34. Re1+ shows very precise calculations to win the queen by force
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