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Rafael Blanco Estera vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Casual game (1909), Havana CUB, Jul-25
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Modern Bishop's Opening (C55)  ·  0-1



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Jun-25-04  qqq: Capa finished off well here
Dec-31-11  atragon: Very good and brave play from Estera. Capa was too strong for him (and not only for him...)and when you meet such a player you have to try to "kill" him, you cannot play for a draw. If you don't succeed, as in this game, it is not a shame.
Dec-31-11  jussu: Yea well, but young Jose Raoul, champion of Cuba, was 13 when this game was played. That said, it turns out that senor Estera was merely 17 himself. They sure had young players in Cuba back at the times when a respectable chessplayer must have had at least arthritis and grey hair.
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  Penguincw: Capablanca won with a nice king walk.
Mar-26-14  ralph46: On move 14 Capa had Ncxd4 now if cxd4 Qxd4 and if Qh3 than f5
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  PawnSac: < ralph46: On move 14 Capa had Ncxd4 now if cxd4 Qxd4 and if Qh3 than f5 >

In the game after 14 ..f5 the knight is trapped, forcing 15. Nxf5 gxf5 and after 16. d5 Ned4 17. cxd4 Nxd4 18. Qd3 Bc5 19. Kh1 Qxd5 black is plus 2 pawns.

after your suggestion 14 ..Ncxd4? 15.cxd4 Qxd4 16.Qf2! and if ..Bc5 17.Be3 white has the piece for 3 pawns (he can retreat the knight to f3) and may be slightly better due to blacks awkward K position.

the way Capa played it is clearly better.

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  MissScarlett: <Yea well, but young Jose Raoul, champion of Cuba, was 13 when this game was played. That said, it turns out that senor Estera was merely 17 himself.>

Actually played in 1909. Winter's <Capablanca> gives up to 28...b5 <and Black won in two or three moves.>, noting that the score in <La Discusion> is garbled at this point. Caparros just gives 28...b5, 0-1. The extra moves here seem plausible, though.

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