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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-15-14  Howard: So, thus, it appears that.....35...a6 would have put up much stronger resistance, but the mighty Cuban still should have won anyway.

Is that correct ?!

Jun-26-15  Howard: So the "point of no return" was when Black failed to play 33...Nd1. After that, the game was lost completely---correct ?
Jun-26-15
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  maxi: <Howard> After 33...Nf5 34.BxN gxf 35.Kg3 there seems to exist no defense at all. The best is 35...a6. What is remarkable is that as far as I could tell in all variations White wins by infiltrating his King via Kg3-h4-h5. That was completely unexpected to me.

As to the options to 33...Nf5, sorry, but I have not gone over that.

Sep-09-15  The Kings Domain: This has been one of my all-time favorites. Capablanca's classical style of play has all the beauty and subtlety of the finest masterwork only a truly outstanding artist can conceive. One can't fail to appreciate his complete dominance of the game: the way he alters threats on both the kingside and queenside at the start; the sacrifice of his pawn on the h-file in order to bring his rook into play, changing the course of the game; and the masterly endgame, where he sacrifices his pawns in order not to lose momentum at his advanced pawns at black's kingside. His confidence in his game is admirable considering the tense position. Gotta love the sly and nimble move where he hides his king behind black's pawn rather than capturing it, nullifying black's chances at delaying checks. He had his opponent dancing to his tune from start to finish, and none could do it more elegantly.
May-26-16  edubueno: The adventures during the opening did not any advantage to Capa. During the middlegame, Tartakower failed in looking a better position, 24...c5! of 24...Dc6! should prevent the unfavourable endgame conditions. Capa emerged with a brilliant final.
Feb-22-17  Jimmy720: memorize
May-10-17  User not found: I don't understand White's annotation claiming that this move,27.h5 is "a calamity!?". Even if he's referring to blacks response of Rf6 it still puzzles me..


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Dec-02-17
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  jeff6789: Does anyone know whether the first moves played were 1 d5 e6 2 Nf3 f5 as in chessgames.com or 1 d5 f5 2 Nf3 e6 as in Chernov's book Capablanca's Best Chess Endings. I suspect that the chessgames.com version is correct but I'm only guessing. Just curious.
Dec-02-17
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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.
Dec-02-17
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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?

Jun-03-18
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC-....
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
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  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
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  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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