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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Emanuel Lasker
"Capability" (game of the day Sep-19-2015)
New York (1924), New York, NY USA, rd 14, Apr-05
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1-0



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  maxi: Capa does not fall for the trap 8.Nb5? 0-0! 9.Nc7? Ne4! and White loses.
Apr-29-15  Oliveira: <Calli: Lasker later claimed a bad clock cost him the draw.>

The incident was narrated by Edward Lasker in <The Adventure of Chess>. Apparently, he had opportunity to witness the sore dispute at first hand.

<The one blunder [Lasker] made in the tournament was due to time trouble. This was in one of the games with Capablanca in a position which, ordinarily, he would have drawn with ease.

In this game a scene occurred which shows how a perfectly genial disposition can go to pieces in a chess contest when the relentless clock adds to the nervous strain a tournament player has to endure in any case. Lasker, if anything, had a more kindly attitude than normal among chess antagonists. But he completely lost control of himself when, forced to make nine moves in less than two minutes, he made a bad mistake which lost the game.

Capablanca also had been pressed for time, but it had seemed to Lasker that the minute hand on his opponent's clock was traveling more slowly than his own. In his excitement he not only accused the tournament committee of negligence in testing the timing equipment before the start of the tournament, but he insinuated that one of the committee members who was partial to Capablanca had purposely adjusted his clock so that it would run a little snow. He pointed out that more than four hours had elapsed when the two clocks showed two hours each, and he concluded that someone had "fixed" Capablanca's clock--something he would not have dreamed of in a normal frame of mind.>

May-22-15  Everett: looks to me that Lasker had a point, seeing that more than four hours had elapsed, yet the clocks were set for two each. Strange.
Sep-19-15  rainingpieces: If 34..Rxh6 then I think the queen has to take to avoid Qh4+. So 34..Rxh6 35.Qxh6+ Kg8 and 36.f5 is probably the reason Lasker did not take the rook.

At first I thought White is in trouble on move 38, since he cannot really move anything. But if Black tries to take advantage of that and plays 38..a6 for example then 39.Qxe6 Bxe6+ 40.f5 and I would prefer White.

Sep-19-15  morfishine: Sounds like a bunch of pissing and moaning by Lasker. He would've retained a measure of respect by complimenting White's play and letting it go at that. He wouldn't even have to mention that he didn't play very well, which is fairly obvious
Sep-19-15  kevin86: Capa wins over the great doctor at NY in 1924. Three years later, Capa would win the world title by going undefeated against Lasker.
Sep-19-15  Howard: I recall nominating this game for GOTD about a year ago. At any rate, that means all three of the brilliancy prize games for NY 1924 have been selected for GOTD....

....but then Andy Soltis and I are probably not the only two people who think that the first place game (won by Reti) was way overrated.

Sep-19-15  Howard: This, by the way, was the only game which Lasker lost in the tournament...

...though, on the other hand, there were at least 3-4 other games which he definitely should have lost but (typical for Lasker) he salvaged draws or even wins out of them.

Sep-19-15  morfishine: BTW: Another pathetic Non-pun. This one's not even a play-on-word...In fact, its NOTHING...just another stupid title for new comers to wonder at
Sep-19-15  FairyPromotion: <morfishine> you literally are a pun nazi.

I step forward as the one who submitted the pun, and would agree that the pun is 'meh'. Yet I'd like to point out that this is a very famous game, played between two of the greatest players ever, which has won a brilliancy prize in arguably the most famous tournament of the 1920's. I thought it deserved to be GotD, and submitted the best pun that I could come up with. Surprisingly this 'meh' pun made it through within a month, probably because most people rated the pun merely as "usable," while rating the game itself highly. The other suggestions most likely weren't above par, either.

Likewise, you continuosly criticize the quality of puns, yet you never suggest any alternative ones. Instead of whining, you should focus on stepping your game up.

Sep-19-15  RandomVisitor: The critical point in this game is move 37, when as pointed out earlier, black has his last drawing chance:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.22] d=25 37...Bd5> 38.b4 Qd6 39.Qxg4 Be6 40.Qe2 Bd7 41.Qc2 Qd5 42.Qc5 Qe6 43.Qe5+ Kg6 44.Qxe6+ Bxe6 45.Kf2 Kf5 46.Ke2 Kg4 47.a4 a6 48.Kd2 Kf3 49.g6 Kg4 50.Kc3 Kf5 51.g7 Kf6

Sep-19-15  RandomVisitor: After 25...Bxa3 26.Qxe6 Bxb2 27.Nxd5 Rc2+ 28.Kg1 Rc6 29.Qxe4 Rc1+ 20.Kh2 Rxh1+ 31.Kxh1 Bc6 white is up a pawn but cannot make progress
Sep-19-15  thegoodanarchist: <kevin86: Capa wins over the great doctor at NY in 1924. Three years <<<<<<later>>>>>>, Capa would win the world title by going undefeated against Lasker.>

Sorry Kevin, it was 3 years <earlier> not later when Capa won the world title:

Lasker - Capablanca World Championship Match (1921)

Sep-19-15  RookFile: Lasker's only loss in a tournament he dominated at such a late age.
Sep-20-15  The Kings Domain: It was an oversight by Lasker to think he had a good attack on the kingside, Capablanca had the momentum in the play.
Sep-21-15  morfishine: <FairyPromotion> Yes, the game is good enough to be GOTD. One wonders how Lasker could miscalculate so drastically, almost like he did against Pillsbury
May-27-16  edubueno: Capa, with 2 Knights, won against Lasker's 2 Bishops. Capa repeated Tchigorine successfully strategy!
Oct-06-17  Helios727: Move 37 was not the only critical point in the game. Capa missed an earlier win by missing 29. Nxd5.
Oct-06-17  JimNorCal: Did the acrimonious clock outburst affect the list of players selected by the invitation committee for New York 1927?
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  Benzol: <JimNorCal> Have a look at the intro to the New York (1927) tournament.
Oct-07-17  JimNorCal: Thx, Benzol. Sounds like Lasker held a grudge.

"... due to an incident in one of his games with Capablanca in the 1924 event, Lasker was involved in a bitter and public dispute with Capablanca and some members of the organizing committee. He did not reply to his invitation and his place was offered to Rudolf Spielmann, who immediately accepted the invitation."

Aug-20-18  Howard: Regarding the comment about four comments back, I'm not sure that 29.Nxd5 would have been a good idea, for 29...Rc2+ looks a bit nasty for White's king.

Plus, you think Capa would have missed such an obvious move?

Mar-21-21  thelegendisback: Lasker gets destroyed and then blames the clock. LOL
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  Honza Cervenka: <Howard: Regarding the comment about four comments back, I'm not sure that 29.Nxd5 would have been a good idea, for 29...Rc2+ looks a bit nasty for White's king.>

After 29.Nxd5 Rc2+ 30.Kg3 h4+ (what else?) 31.Kh3 with a threat of 32.Qe5+ and 33.Nxe7 black is in great troubles. 31...Kg7 32.Qxe4 is a double threat (Nxe7 and Qxc2), which wins an Exchange at least (32...Bc6 33.Qxc2 Bxd5) and with a Rook and four Pawns for two Bishops win of white is just a matter of technique. In fact, after 29.Nxd5 black is practically forced to play 29...Kg8 30.Qxe4 Bh4+ 31.g3 Bf7 32.Nc3 Bf6 but after 33.gxh5 or even 33.g5 white has clear advantage.

But Capa could have played also much better 34.Qh8+ with idea 34...Bg8 35.Kg3 Qg7 36.Qxg7 Kxg7 37.f5 with next 38.Kxg4 etc.

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  Bishoprick: When this game was played, Lasker was no longer in his prime, and indeed had retired for 6 years. Nevertheless, although losing to Capablanca, the old man still managed to win this incredibly strong tournament.
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