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Jose Antonio Blanco vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Havana (1901), Havana CUB, rd 2, Oct-21
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense (C55)  ·  0-1



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Jan-14-04  tayer: With 22. ♘xa8+, Blanco wins the exchange with no material compensation for Capablanca, but the way black wins the resulting end game is so natural that you can wonder if a ♖ is really equivalent to ♘+2♙.
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  technical draw: Pretty good playing for a 13 year old.
Jun-22-04  KingPawn: This game is like the best endgame play I have eve seen.
Jun-22-04  Ruylopez: What happens if 73. KxN?
Jun-22-04  Brian Watson: 73.Kxh8 Kf7 and white's only legal move is 74. a4, losing.
Jun-22-04  Brian Watson: (. . . b/c black mates w/ promotion)
Jun-23-04  Ruylopez: Thanks, Brian.
Jun-23-04  Brian Watson: welcome
Aug-30-04  pawnQueenblack: 66.Ke4?
For draw: 66.Kxf6 Ng4+
67.Kf5 Nh6+
68.Kg6 Ng4
69.Kg5 Ne5
70.Kf5 Nf7
71.Kf6 Nh6
Aug-30-04  acirce: Doesn't 72.Ke7 hold as well? Keep the king close to the queenside pawns from the beginning instead of committing suicide by having to go there later when the black king has replaced the knight as guard of h8 so that the N can defend the last pawn from a3.
Aug-30-04  pawnQueenblack: Ok, acirce
For win Capa would try:
63.Kf5 Nh6+
64.Kg6 f5!
65.Kxh6 f4
66.Kg5 f3
67.h6 f2
68.h7 f1Q
Aug-30-04  acirce: <pawnQueenblack> Yes, that is winning - so mutual mistakes in this endgame then. Maybe it was not that well-played after all.
Feb-08-05  Whitehat1963: An excellent example of the opening of the day. And a great endgame.
Aug-01-05  gambitfan: very boring counterplay !
Nov-23-05  Chopin: A beautiful display of Capablanca's endgame skills.
May-15-06  CapablancaFan: One of the most amazing endings I have ever seen. Capa goes down an exchange, but not in skill. After turning his horse into a "SUPER KNIGHT" ( this knight was worth it's weight in gold) he goes into a superior endgame. It's true, Blanco has to give up his rook to keep the pawn from queening, but Blanco has an ace up his sleeve (or so he thinks) a passed pawn on the h-file. Capa plants his knight in front of it and only when the white king is upon the white knight he realizes he can't take it because if 57.Kxh8?? ...Kf7! and Capa wins!
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  Gypsy: As said above, <63...Kb3?> is an error -- it lets out the win after the 63...Kxa3 64.Kf5 Nh6+ ... and either 65.Kxf6 Kxb4 66.Kg6 a5! 67.Kxh6 a4... or 65.Kg6 f5! 66.Kxh6 f4... In both cases, Black promotes 'just in time'.

In turn, the endgame was lost only by <72.Kg7?>. White 72.Ke7 or 72.Kf5 would have readily held the game. In order to collect the h7 pawn, Black would have had to surrender both of his own remaining pawns.

I personally have a hard time viewing <66.Ke4> as an error. Some of the possible variations after 66.Kxf6 just transpose back into the essentially the same positions as those played in the game. And even after the game 66.Ke4, the encounter would have been easily drawn were it not for the misguided pursuit (72.Kg7?) of the 'attractive nuisance' at h8.

Despite of the two technical inacuracies, to me, this is an exquisite endgame on the conceptual level. The key trap is based on a rather sparklingly clever idea.

Oct-25-06  Karpova: <Gypsy: As said above, <63...Kb3?> is an error>

There's no 63...Kb3 in this game.
The only time the black king gets to b3 is on move 51

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  Gypsy: <Karpova> I think I was trying to say that Black had a win after 62...Kxa3 63.Kf5 Nh6 64.Kxf6 Kxb4 65.Kg6 a5 66.Kxh6 a4... and/or ...64.Kg6 f5! 65.Kxh6 f4...

(The error was <62...Kc3>.)

Oct-26-06  RookFile: As always, Capablanca, displays a modern understanding of material imbalances.
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  Peligroso Patzer: Compare the position (after 48. ... Ke8) from Shirov vs Aronian, 2006, played yesterday in Moscow.
Feb-09-08  veigaman: Incredible calculating abilities for a 13 years old boy
Feb-09-08  veigaman: good game!
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  Benzol: Would 59...♘g6 60.h5 ♘f4 followed by 61...♘xh5 have been a quicker win? The Black King then just gobbles up the White Q-side pawns.
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  technical draw: An incredible game with few comments. (my second comment in 6 years). Of course flaws can be found with analysis or computers but it still is a good game to replay. Does anyone know if this was just a casual game?
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