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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Nicolas Rossolimo
Paris (1938), Paris FRA, Jan-??
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  1-0



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Dec-22-11  goodevans: <CHESSTTCAMPS: Play the puzzle position against Crafty ...>

Wow, that wasn't easy!

After a few failed attempts I finally came up with <29.Bd3 Rab8 30.Rxe5 Rf6 31.f4 Rc6+ 32.Kd2 g6 33.Rd5 Rc7 34.Ra4 Rbc8 35.Rb4 Rc1 36.Rb8> and after the rooks are traded it's relatively easy.

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  chrisowen: Strike it is bid d3 lo clink blinks rook sit nice in back

In devious again rank threat in gate chip off block ago dos saint Rossolimo

I for one example BD3 wam fair due castle bowling Capablanca

Backward bishop e5 split hairs what bottle?

Blancs away by the light in mange?

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  Once: <rapidcitychess> Wrong order? I'm not so sure. AFAIK, the universally accepted ways of resigning include ...

... storming out of the playing arena, never to be seen again

... knocking the board over

... toppling your king

... standing on a chair and exclaiming "why must I lose to this idiot?"

... resigning by way of a letter which also congratulates your opponent on becoming world champion

... offering a handshake.

Apart from the first and the second, I think you can combine them in any order.

BTW, the really really crafty way is to offer your hand. When your opponent reaches over to shake you quickly say the word "draw" just before his skin touches yours. Then in the confusion knock the board over so that the position cannot easily be recreated and reset the clocks.

"But of course I wasn't resigning. I was offering a draw and you have accepted. Thanks for the game."

Dec-22-11  Patriot: <sevenseaman> That was possibly the hardest mate in 3 I've ever seen! I think I have the answer:


A) 1...Nd4 2.d3+ Kc3 3.Be1#

B) 1...Nc3 2.d3+ Kd4 3.Bf2#

C) 1...Ng3/Ng1 2.Bf6 and there's no way to stop 3.d3#

D) 1...Nc1 2.Bf6 Nd3 (2...N(any square) 3.d3#) 3.Ba2#

E) 1...Nf4 2.Bf6 Nd3 Ba2# (similar to D)

F) 1...Kd4 2.Bf6+ Kc4 3.d3#

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  doubledrooks: <Jimfromprovidence>: I went with 19...Nd5!, seeing 20. exd5 Bxc2 21. Qe2 Nd3 with the threat of Bh4 and a double attack on the N on e3.
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  scormus: <Once: ... toppling your king?>

I knew one player who took this to a new level. He would do a karate-chop across the board causing the pieces to travel at great speed toward his opponent's chair. Whenever I suspected he might resign against me I made sure I wasn't sitting there. I saw a fair few people whose joy of winning must have been tempered by the injuries inflicted by flying wood.

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  scormus: <Jim> Nice game by Judit. Of course, I always recommend the Nd5 sac in the Sicilian ;)
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  Once: <scormus> I had one sore loser whose method of resigning was to call over all his team mates and show them the position into which I had somehow swindled him. When I asked him "are you resigning?" his reply was something along the lines of a sulky "I don't suppose I've got any choice, have I?"
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  Jimfromprovidence: <Marmot PFL> <That Polgar problem is much harder than you indicate, otherwise I'm sure you would have got it quickly.>

I agree. In retrospect, I'm thinking about maybe a Friday-Saturday level.

The line 19...Nd5 20 Nc4 looks really tough, for example.

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Dec-22-11  njchess: A typical Capablanca game - simple, direct even elegant. He had the unusual ability to handle even the strongest of players with ease. In this case, Rossolimo, who finished second in this tournament to... Capablanca.
Dec-22-11  rilkefan: <<CHESSTTCAMPS>: Play the puzzle position against Crafty>

Thanks, I found that very instructive. My line was 29.Bd3 Rab8 30.Rxe5 Rf6 31.Be4 Rc8+ 32.Kd4 g6 33.Bd5 Rc2 34.Ra8+ Kg7 35.Ree8 Rd6 36.Ke5 Rxd5+ and then just paying attention.

Dec-22-11  Patriot: <<CHESSTTCAMPS>: Play the puzzle position against Crafty> I was surprised to win on the first try. After winning the knight I focused on even trades where possible and when the bishop was the only piece, I blocked his only mobile pawn, captured it, and then captured his only remaining pawn. I had two pawns at that point, winning easily.
Dec-22-11  BOSTER: It seems to me that <CG> continues to study how an elephant behaves. Yesterday the sharp jump Bd3-h7 destroyed the black fortress. Today, when black forces only saw an elephant on d3 ,they immediately resigned .
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  maxi: Extremely tactical game!!!
Dec-22-11  sevenseaman: <Patriot> Very nice. Yes, its a tough puzzle and I fully appreciate your application and powers of clinical analysis.

I refrain from posting such tough ones as most people shy away from making an attempt. Good to see that a lone ranger tried and brought it home.

Dec-22-11  sevenseaman: <jimfromprovidence> You bring in great puzzles. Unfortunately these turn up so late that I am done for day and ready to sleep.

Fortunately last night I was already asleep else I might have been caught in Polgar's spell. (I lost sleep over Larry Evans the previous night).

Its a beauty! I discovered it in the morning. As is my wont I started reading the kibitzes downwards. Somewhere I caught <19...Nd5> and I knew there was a puzzle.

The key having been 'revealed', getting the rest of the moves was no cakewalk. Even if I knew the gist of Judit's plan after her Nd5, getting <22...Nxf4> and back to <24...Nd3> was a thrill.

Thanks. Your 'vault' intrigues me now. It has to be a veritable treasure.

Dec-22-11  Old Wolf: Why is this 2.5 star ?? It's a 1-mover and a fairly obvious one at that
Dec-22-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: SQUARE CAN BE A TACTICAL TARGET
Sep-11-12  Llawdogg: Capablanca played very capably.
Sep-11-12  Donkey Cult: <universally accepted ways of resigning include ...>

Once, in a losing position after drinking copious amount of beer, I power-barfed the pieces off the board.

May-10-15  ToTheDeath: Rossolimo thought he was being clever with the tactical sequence beginning with ...b4, but Capa as usual had seen further to a clear positional advantage for himself. The finishing tactics are charming.
May-10-15  RookFile: I thought Rossolimo was being clever too. Played over this game and my thought was that Rossolimo would have beaten me if I had the white pieces, converting his extra pawn. Yes, Capa won, but I think Rossolimo was playing the best chess he was capable at that time, during this game.
May-13-21  Oldstudent: 25…g5 26 Ra3 Rb8 27 Bd3 Rb7 Ba6 Rb8 and various other continuations after 25..g5 lead to a draw according to Stockfish 13. Rossolimo was a very good player and an interesting man who I met at his chess studio in 1974.
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  perfidious: Far as I am aware, my one and only Capablanca-2.
May-14-21  Viking707: Oldstudent: I played at Rossolimo's chess studio in Greenwich Village, NY in the mid-1960s. He was not only an IG, but was kind and thoughtful. He died accidentally, and of course, way too soon.
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