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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Savielly Tartakower
"Rook Before you Leap" (game of the day Jan-10-2012)
New York (1924), New York, NY USA, rd 6, Mar-23
Horwitz Defense: General (A40)  ·  1-0



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Dec-02-17  jeff6789: Does anyone know whether the first moves played were 1 d5 e6 2 Nf3 f5 as in or 1 d5 f5 2 Nf3 e6 as in Chernov's book Capablanca's Best Chess Endings. I suspect that the version is correct but I'm only guessing. Just curious.
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  MissScarlett: Game score was published on March 24th, i.e., the following day, in the <Brooklyn Daily Eagle>, p.8. It has 1...f5. 2...e6.
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  thegoodanarchist: <Brooklyn Daily Eagle> scooped the NYT? Amazing.
Mar-09-18  AgentX: This endgame is brilliant. My #3 on greatest endgames ever played. The excellent coordination of rook and bishop, and then the final part with Bxf5 and the king penetration. It was also very rich to analyze, after 36...a6 only 37.Kh5! b5 38. Kg6 bxa4! 39.Kxf5 a3 40.Rh6!! wins. That's why 38.axb5 is bad, as he doesn't hit the a-pawn anymore. Amazing!
Mar-09-18  ughaibu: <My #3 on greatest endgames ever played.>

Which games are numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5?

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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
Jun-18-18  Omnipotent00001: 52. d6 is a mate in 14 moves.
Jul-23-18  Chessman1504: I'm always impressed by this game. Allowing The structural weaknesses and material sacrifices to get a dominating king position is such a sublime technique. I can always come back to this game and regain a love for chess, and striving to play "simply" (which is of course, razor-sharp) and occasionally winning in this way is never "exciting," yet deeply satisfying.
Aug-22-18  Howard: Excellent analysis, but also a typical example of Chernev's superficial analysis. He makes the game look like a "simple" win for Capa.

But Tartakower could have made it a LOT harder.

Aug-29-18  Caleb554: Capa's engine was pretty damn powerful
Sep-02-18  Touchdown: What is the continuation if Black plays 31...Nb3 instead of Nc4. If 32.g5 Nc1 33.Bb1 Ne2 attacking c3 and f4.

Maybe Black could have saved the game.

Sep-02-18  Boomie: <Touchdown: What is the continuation if Black plays 31...Nb3 instead of Nc4. If 32.g5 Nc1 33.Bb1 Ne2 attacking c3 and f4.>

<clocked> proposed 31...Nb3.

Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 (kibitz #41)

I took a swing at it.

Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 (kibitz #63)

Then <clocked> suggested the Nb3/Nc1 maneuver.

Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 (kibitz #64)

You will find a lot of work after that trying to find a way out for black. Some of the best analysts at CG took a swing at it.

<beatgiant> proposed 31. Kh3 as an improvement for white.

Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 (kibitz #165)

Subsequent analysis was unable to bust 31. Kh3.

Sep-15-18  Anvesh Bandekar: Great game
Nov-26-18  MrJafari: Honestly I expected more interesting game but I think the value of this game refers to its technical concepts...
Oct-31-19  N.O.F. NAJDORF: This game reminds me a little of:

Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971

Dec-20-19  HarryP: This is one of my favorite endgames. I have played it over many times with much enjoyment.
Dec-21-19  Petrosianic: <This is one of my favorite endgames. I have played it over many times with much enjoyment.>

You love it, yet have nothing specifically good to say about it? Isn't that kind of damning with faint praise?

Dec-26-19  HarryP: Petrosianic, I'm sorry. This endgame is so famous, I thought no one would need any comments from me specifically with regard to Capa's play. Other kibitzers have done well on that. I just wanted to join in with the praise of this marvelous endgame. It has been analyzed in many books. I find especially delightful what Irving Chernev says in his notes after Black's 34th move: "In a simplified ending, where Pawns are worth their weight in gold, Capa gives away two of them! Furthermore, he lets Black capture them with check!" If you take a look at my comment on Pillsbury-Pollock, Hastings 1895, you'll see I think that endgame might remind one of the ending of this game: "Pillsbury's play from 42.Ke3 on is beautiful and is somewhat similar to Capa's famous endgame in Capablanca-Tartakover, New York 1924."
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  maxi: <Caleb554> Funny!
Dec-01-21  tbontb: A famous and much-analysed Capablanca endgame. After 36....Rf3 White wins as in the game so a better try is 36....a6 which may yet hold after the plausible variations 37.g6 b5 38.axb5 axb5 39.Kg5 b4 40.Kf6 Rc6+ or 37.Rd7 Rf3 38.g6 Rxf4+ 39.Kg5 Re4 40.Kf6 Re8.
Dec-02-21  sudoplatov: I looked a bit with an online Stockfish (not the local) and it likes 31.Rd2 also. Depending on the ply parity, either 31.Rd2 or 31.Kh3 is given as best.
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  kingscrusher: Candidate for one of the most instructive games of chess ever played.

My new insights revisiting:

Important to gather ALL the metaphors - not just rook on the 7th and Aggressive King but also "Shield" - Capablanca left the f5 pawn otherwise it would be drawing.

Gather ALL the Metaphors - which allow creative reasoning as opposed to a mass of if-then games (e.g. chaotic game of Tal) - metaphors allow leverage to think about new ideas - not just about the cyclomatic complexity of if-then style games. It is the enabling of creativity in endgames through the Metaphors - many of which are expressed in this one game example. It is for that reason that this in my view is one of the MOST INSTRUCTIVE games of chess ever played.

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  kingscrusher: I had two goes at analysing it in the past here:

Back in 2007:

And later:

But my key observation now is that this game is actually "metaphor-rich"

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  fredthebear: <A famous and much-analysed Capablanca endgame.>

This game has appeared in numerous chess books from authors Lasker, Znosko-Borovsky, and Levenfish to Soltis, Kasparov, and Giddins.

<Oct-14-03 drukenknight: By the way the Alekhine annotations we see in the window are the official notes from the tournament book> 1924.

You can view Alekhine and Reti's notes by clicking on the tiny blue link [CLICK HERE] in the narrow rectangle above.

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The <kingscrusher> videos have been well-received also.

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  Messiah: Good job!
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