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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Ossip Bernstein
"Idle Ossip" (game of the day Apr-29-2007)
St. Petersburg (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 7, Apr-30
Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation (D37)  ·  1-0



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  kevin86: A good game with a comical king chase and then a very sharp finish. Capa wins again-Chess's version of Jeff Gordon.

As a whimsy,check out the name Ossip backwards-now stop the snickering.

Apr-30-07  acirce: <No doubt that's right.> <But you have to see it! And Bernstein, a very strong player, did not. I think computers lead us to under-value some of these short combinations.>

Now I'm not sure if you agree with me or not. And Mason-Winawer is much harder to see - it's not very relevant how quickly Fritz finds it. So I don't know if I agree with your point about computers this time. Pretty much every time I visit my club I see players around 2000-2200 find deeper tactics than ..Qb2 in blitz.

Sometimes computers have even got the opposite effect. Nowadays you hear the knee-jerk "you just say that's easy because you can use Fritz" so often that suddenly the best players in the world apparently aren't supposed to find simple combinations on their own.

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  keypusher: <acirce> On further reflection, my previous post was stupid.

<And Mason-Winawer is much harder to see - it's not very relevant how quickly Fritz finds it. So I don't know if I agree with your point about computers this time. Pretty much every time I visit my club I see players around 2000-2200 find deeper tactics than ..Qb2 in blitz.>

Right. At least I posted Mason-Winawer.

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  ganstaman: I hate you all. Do you know how long I spent looking at this game trying to find Capa playing his Q to b2? I thought maybe it was just a sideline or something.

For the other reading-comprehension-impaired people out there, it's in reference to the game <Peligroso Patzer> links to above.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Bernstein was actually a very strong player who should not be judge solely because he brought out the very best in Capa in three famous games.

The other game with ... Qb2! was remarkable not only for that combination (foreseen well in advance) but also for its strategy of playing with the hanging pawns, i.e. playing ... c4 despite the blockade with Nd4. Capa noted that this would shield the backward d-pawn from frontal assault. Nunn et al. note that later games M Bertok vs Fischer, 1962 and Timman vs Short, 1993 were largely modelled on O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914

Jan-05-08  Ulhumbrus: On 16...Bxb4 Edward Lasker gives 17 Nd4 and 18 Nd5 while Capablanca gives 17 Nd5 at once. Bernstein was indeed a first rank player, strong even when old, as in the game O Bernstein vs Najdorf, 1954 played when Bernstein was seventy-one or seventy-two years of age.
Nov-03-09  WhiteRook48: I don't see a 28...Qb2
Nov-29-09  MaczynskiPratten: <WhiteRook48> <I don't see a 29...Qb2>; it's because the kibitzers are referring to this other well-known game O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914. Rather confusing to have the two threads mixed!
Jan-31-10  KingG: <If such a move deserves exclamation marks it's only because of its aesthetical value. There is certainly nothing that signifies "genius" about such a simple tactics. Should be able to separate those two.> I agree with <acirce>, however no less of a player than Botvinnik called it a stroke of genius. Probably because it needed to be seen in advance. The move itself is rather simple.
Apr-09-11  Lil Swine: a few desperados at the end. loser moves, they sort of ruin the brilliancy.
Feb-28-14  LIFE Master AJ: One of Capablanca's best games over one of the better defensive players of all time.
Feb-28-14  LIFE Master AJ: Aron Nimzowitsch once said the following players were the six best defensive players of all time.

#1.) Wilhelm Steinitz

#2.) Louis Paulsen

#3.) Emanuel Lasker

#4.) Amos Burn

#5.) Oldrich Duras

#6.) Ossip Bernstein

To this list, I would definite have to add Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian and maybe even Kramnik.

Aug-21-14  john barleycorn: This game won the first brilliancy prize at St. Petersburg 1914.

Tarrasch in his comments gives:
(my translation)
<19.Rxc6 wins more easily. black has just 0-0. White will check with Qd5, drives the Ng4 out with h3 and takes it with the Rc6 and collects the rook on a8.>

Oct-31-14  kia0708: sensual harassment of the King :-)
Feb-12-17  edubueno: Capa brilla nuevamente contra Bernstein. Parece que hay un antiguo sentimiento que viene de un desprecio de Nimzowitsch y Bernstein en San Sebasti├ín 1911.
Mar-09-18  amin79: It was fantastic and more beautiful if 32. f3
Mar-09-18  RookFile: Among great defensive players, you would have to put Capa and Lasker at the top of the list. There are other names of course.
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  offramp: <amin79: It was fantastic and more beautiful if 32. f3>

The f-pawn cannot move as it is pinned.

Apr-25-19  Plakkiecake: 10. ... e5? just invited Capablanca to unleash his attacking skills right from the start!
Nov-02-20  sudoplatov: Bernstein also drew a training match with Alekhine in 1934 (as did Teichmann in the 1920s). He seemed to keep his powers during layoffs.
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  erniecohen: While 17♗xb5 is nice, it's worth noting the more obvious 17.♘g5 ♘gf6 18.♘e6 ♕d6 19.♘xg7+ ♔f8 20.♘f5.
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  beatgiant: <erniecohen>
Why not 17. Ng5 <Ndf6> instead, preventing 18. Ne6?
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  WorstPlayerEver: 15. Bg3 is not bad, but 15. b4 is much better and foremost.. far less complicated.
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  WorstPlayerEver: Apparently Capa was somewhat absentminded during this game, because he easily could have slaughterhoused his opponent. An illustration:

21. Nxe5 Nxe5 22. Bxe5 Be6 23. Qf3+ Kg8 24. Bxg7 Kxg7 25. Qg3+ Kf8 26. Qe5 Rg8 27. Qxe6 #

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Jan-16-21  Stolzenberg: <Apr-09-11 Lil Swine: A few desperados at the end. Loser moves ...>

44. ... Rxf2+ is such a desperado / loser move. But Capablanca was threatening 45. Rg7# - hook mate!

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