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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Akiba Rubinstein
Budapest (1929), Budapest HUN, rd 9, Sep-11
Queen's Gambit Declined: Traditional Variation (D30)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-21-04  Whitehat1963: Interesting that these two -- both of whom had (with reason) great confidence in their endgame technique -- should be so willing to agree to draws in these kinds of positions. Anyone have an opinion?
Jan-21-04  Benjamin Lau: That's precisely why they drew- material is equal, virtually no significant endgame advantage to convert, and they both know the other isn't exactly an endgame patzer.
Jun-23-09  Bridgeburner: Extraordinary mistakes.

Interestingly, Capablanca took out first place in this tournament, a point ahead of Rubinstein who came in second.

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  Gypsy: <Whitehat1963> ... 39.Rxe7 Kxe7 40.gxf5 Kf6 41.Kg3 Kxf5 42.Kh4 g6(!) 43.Kh3 g5 44.Kg3 Kf6 45.Kg4 Kg6 ... =
Jun-23-09  WhiteRook48: these people draw too much
Feb-17-11  Knightrider655321: they are smart dont push it if your not sure you will lose every time son
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  AylerKupp: I thought Capa’s 12.c5 was remarkable, accepting a backward pawn on a semi-open file in exchange for being able to post his knight on d6. That’s a move I’m not capable of making. But 27.Rc4 looked odd, using two moves to get the 2nd rook to the d-file instead of one move by 27.Rcd1. I guess that was aimed at preventing 27...b6 since after 28.cxb6 black is forced to recapture 28...Rxb6 or lose a pawn, so black’s Pc6 would be weak. Anybody have any ideas?
Feb-17-11  stst: Yes, love to comment, but pardon an amateur's view on the masters!

Also, pl. promise me to post it upfront/top rather than hiding at the bottom (and soon deleted?!!)

<Also, will my/our voice be heard? and/or taken into consideration in promoting this site??>

THE GAME ---->

Both masters tend to play cautiously. Early on Rubin's N got a good central position that Capa doesn't feel comfortable, therefore he tries hard to exchange out. In doing so, he allows Rubin's pawns to advance further. Capa got some tempo with his 15.Bc4+, but the Black K is safe hiding in the far corner and Capa's Q is blocked by Rubin's N. I got puzzled by 18.Be2, where I thought the B should maintain its pressure on b3-g8 diagonal. With the N's retreat 20.Nc4, I think Capa is ready to make peace. Further exchanges of Q and R, and even the B's confirmed this.

Knowing the standings of Capa and Rubin at this point in the tourney would tell better if the two wanted a draw more than a bloody fight.

Rubin is considered as Artist of the End Game, so it's somewhat disappointed to see this game ended early, without any end game technicalities exhibited at all!!

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