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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Richard Reti
New York (1924), New York, NY USA, rd 21, Apr-15
French Defense: Classical. Rubinstein Variation (C14)  ·  1-0



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Jul-11-07  M3ANDROS: What happens after 35. e7? Is Black busted after 35...Re8 to allow White to get the d-pawn? I'm sure Réti realized it was curtains at this point. I'm glad Capablanca got his revenge! :-)
Jul-11-07  spock jenkins: ok, i see. 36...Re8 37.Kf5 and white wins black's d-pawn in the exchanges.

so his d-pawn is a passed pawn and his king will be deep in black's territory while black's king is out of play and far from his pawns. a won endgame for white.

some may say it's obvious, but i think it's nice when someone kibitzes the game winning continuations on here for newcomers to chess. i know it's helped me here in the past!

Oct-21-07  Visscher: after black moves his rook to e8. White can play King f4. Threatening mate. Because the pawn on e7 white cant play rook to f8!
Oct-21-07  CapablancaFan: <Visscher> You got it! In the final position, after 36...Re8 37. Kf4! <Not Kxd4>.
Oct-21-07  capatal: Simply elegant Capablanca finale.
Dec-03-07  DukeAlba: Reti tries to take the game to the endgame... Silly rabbit. Capablanca is just too damn good in the endgame.
Dec-03-07  RookFile: Well, Reti wasn't bad himself, but Capa just saw further than he did here.
Dec-03-07  capablancakarpov: The key move is 37.Kf5!, not 37.Kf4, that leads to a draw. After 36...Re8 37.Kf5 Rxe7 (forced due to the threath 38.Kf6 winning) 38.Rxg4+ Kh3(h5) 39.Rxd4 and now white has an extra pawn and the black king is totaly misplaced. If 37.Kf4 Kh3 38.Rg3+ Kh2 39.Rxg4 Rxe7 and white is slightly better , but the position should be a draw with no extra pawn.
Dec-03-07  turkish tickler: my grandpa says he knew capa back in the day and punched him in the eye, but I think he's making it all up.
May-09-08  whiteshark: With a ♕+♖ trade-off after 22...Rxf4 23.Qxf4 Qxf4 24.gxf4 black threw away his small advantage.

With <22...Qd5 23.Rf1 Rxf4 24.Qxf4 Rf8> he (maybe) could have saved it.

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Sep-19-08  drukenknight: END GAMES OF 1924. Our official commentator (Alekhine) says after move 26 is: "Capa. forces the win in elegant style" but like any good GM commentary he does not tell us the mistake. After blacks 29th he says "now becomes apparent the tempo loss 25..R K1."

So what happened? It looks like blacks 27th does not get any counter play for centralized white K. Like Rxp w/ check or a passed pawn or something, there are a lot of themes going on. Why not:

27... Rc8
28. Kg3 Ne7
29. Kf3 Nf5
30. Re2 Ke7

or perhaps;

28. Kf3 g5
29. Nxc6 Rxc6
30. Rxd4 Rc2
31. Rb4 b6
32. fxg5 hxg5
33. h3 Kf7

Dec-23-08  piteira8: Reply to capablancaKarpov. I think you missed an important followup to 35. Kxf5 Rxe7. The good move is 36. Rh1#.
Dec-23-08  blacksburg: <piteira8>

37.Kf5 (35.Kxf5?) Rxe7 38.Rh1# Kg3.

does that make sense at all? 37.Kf4 threatens the mate, but black can move his king instead of taking the pawn.

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  plang: Alekhine and Chernev both mentioned 13..Nxd3+ 14 Qxd3 (or 14 cxd..e5! 15 Nxd5..Qf7) 14..Bd7 as an equalizing line. 17 Nb5?! was a positional inaccuracy allowing Reti to achieve 17..e5; 17 Ne5 would have been more logical. Is it possible that Capablanca missed that 18 Nxe5?..Nxe5 19 Rxe5..Qb6+ loses a piece? Reti could have achieved an easy equality with 18..exf 19 Nxd5..Qd6 20 Nxf4..Bxd3! The endgame did not look dangerous for Black but the advanced d-pawn proved a liability. 25..Rd8 would have been a better defense; the problem with 25..Re8 was that the rook exhange with 26..Rxe4 27 dxe leads to a bad knight ending for Black.
Feb-17-10  M.D. Wilson: An elegant game.

<turkish tickler: my grandpa says he knew capa back in the day and punched him in the eye, but I think he's making it all up.> Capa might have fancied your nana. The dirty dog!

Oct-11-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Capablanca vs Reti, 1924.
Your score: 70 (par = 60)


Apr-21-16  Howard: Huh? claims that 28...Rd8 would have drawn! Has this been overlooked all these years?

May-27-16  edubueno: French defense was not for Rety.
Dec-11-18  Saniyat24: how about 28...Re7?
Dec-11-18  Saniyat24: lol, I think I saw a game collection Richard was not Reti...that's a good one...!
Jan-09-19  RookFile: I guess Reti trusted Capa, probably rightfully so. I would have played 36....Re8 and confirmed that white finds the move 37. Kf5 to win.
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  kingscrusher: Move 29, Black starts to be comfortable with passivity and plays Rd8 and this is where it seems to go downhill. Instead it seems 29..g5 and black is okay:

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Jose Raul Capablanca - Richard Reti 1-0 21.0, New York New York, NY USA 1924

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Analysis by Stockfish 15 - 3 threads max:

1. = (0.00): 30.Rxd4 Rxe5 31.Rd7+ Kg6 32.Rxb7 Rf5+ 33.Kg2 Ra5 34.a3 Rd5 35.Rb3 a5 36.Rc3 Rd4 37.Kf3 a4 38.Kg2 Kg7 39.Kg3 h5 40.Kf3 Kf6 41.b4 axb3 42.Rxb3 Ra4 43.h3 Kg6 44.Kg3 Kf5 45.Rc3 Kf6 46.Kg2 Kf5 47.Rc5+ Kf6

There is a tiny winning road in the game after Rd8 which Capablanca seems to make use of based on King positioning. Fascinatingly subtle stuff.

If 29..g5, intriguing is:

Rxd4 Rxe5

And black has to be dynamic with:

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And this rook and pawn endgame should be a draw in theory

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