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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Juan Corzo
"Crash Corzo" (game of the day Nov-05-2014)
Capablanca - Corzo (1901), Habana CUB, rd 11, Dec-15
Queen Pawn Game: Krause Variation (D02)  ·  1-0

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Dec-11-09  M.D. Wilson: One of the first games I examined properly. Capa was a genius!
Jan-29-10  stdmcm23: amazing game by capablanca..chernev says he averaged less than one minute for all the moves...nevertheless there seems to be a quicker win..found by rybka...Rybka considers 31...h6 a blunder by Corzo because it finds a quick tactical win:

31..h6 32. now instead of Nd4 which rybka considered best at first,but after some thinking found the tactical blow Nh4!! ..now if

32..gxh4 33. Rg1 (expoiting the pinned rook on g7!) Qd7 (amazingly the only move that doesn't lead to mate) 34. Bxg7 Kh7 35. f8q (or f8n+ if you feel like forking the queen for a sec anyway) Rxf8 36. Bxf8 Qd8 (forced other moves lead to mate) 37. Re7+..and black can pretty much resign...now going back if:

32..Kh7 33. Bxg7 and now whatever black does all lines seem to lead to an eventual f8Q Rxf8 Bxf8 and white has an overwhelming advantage..

Jan-29-10
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  HeMateMe: In the Kasparov book 'Predecessors', GK says Capa was 'lazy', (tongue in cheek), because he missed forciing lines, in some of his games, which would have ended things quicker.

This one looked pretty decisive.

Jan-29-10  miguelito: una cita con una dama era mas importante para capa que un punto .
Feb-09-10  Xeroxx: <una cita con una dama era mas importante para capa que un punto .>

Jag hεller med.

Sep-26-10  sevenseaman: Doesn't the game look like a put up, a lazy one at that?
Nov-28-11  indoknight: this style is like this Svidler vs Topalov, 2006 another Ivanchuk vs Karpov, 1993
Sep-29-12  Capacorn: The position after black's 27th move is used in an exercise in Silman's "How to Reassess Your Chess (4th edition)". Capa's play is a wonder to behold, a real pleasure to study. It's stunning that he played this masterpiece when only twelve-years-old.
Oct-28-13
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  Garech: Great game from Capa.
Mar-11-14  visayanbraindoctor: <TheFocus: <visayanbraindoctor> Here are the times for all the games in the Capablanca - Corzo match.

The times are from <The Unknown Capablanca> by Hooper & Brandreth. Originally from British Chess Magazine.

1 Capablanca – Corzo (0:40 – 0:20)
2 Corzo – Capablanca (0:17 – 0:17)
3 Capablanca – Corzo (0:38 – 1:15)
4 Corzo – Capablanca No times given.
5 Capablanca – Corzo (0:45 – 1:10)
6 Corzo – Capablanca (0:21 – 0:10)
7 Capablanca – Corzo (0:20 – 0:40)
8 Corzo – Capablanca (0:40 – 0:05)
9 Capablanca – Corzo (0:24 – 0:43)
10 Corzo – Capablanca (0:55 – 0:35)
11 Capablanca – Corzo (0:42 – 1:35)
12 Corzo – Capablanca (1:02 – 0:19)
13 Capablanca – Corzo (0:28 – 0:40)>

Note game 11, Capablanca – Corzo (0:42 – 1:35), this game.

This 12 to 13 year old played a kind of game that even a super GM would be proud of; and more than that he sacked his Queen in a complicated middlegame and proceeded to play a freakishly precise 60 move ending, all in a freakishly unbelievable 42 minutes. That's less than a minute per move. How can any one play that well that fast? And this a mere kid?

Capablanca would be an unbeatable beast in the World Cup tiebreak quick games and the World Blitz championships.

Sep-09-14  Dave12: Was he really 13 ??
Nov-05-14  RookFile: Corzo set a neat trap with 59..... Ka6.
60. Kc6, he queens the pawn, stalemate!
Nov-05-14  domradave: Irving Chernov says this game is even better, as far as prodigies go, than Fischer's game against Donald Byrne. I still think Bobby's was better and I still get a thrill when I watch it on Chessgames.com
Nov-05-14
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  perfidious: To compare this to Byrne-Fischer does neither full credit; for they are both magnificent conceptions by the victor, despite David Levy's mean-spirited and dismissive comments on the latter game in <How Fischer Plays Chess>.
Nov-05-14  gofer: <visayanbraindoctor:That's less than a minute per move.>

0:42 + 1:35 = 137 minutes

60 moves in 137 minutes

2+ minutes per move

The <difference> on the clocks is more telling. Capa was beating hit opponent over the head with his clock, playing (on average) more than three times faster than his opponent. That's going to demoralise most opponents even if the moves are only half decent. But here they are kind of special...

Nov-05-14
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  kevin86: White had to be careful not to take the pawn earlier, as two rook pawns would NOT win as the bishop is the wrong color. Capa, or course was careful to guarentee a KNIGHT'S pawn to win with.
Nov-05-14  newhampshireboy: Incredible! Capablanca was the Mozart of chess.
Nov-05-14  lemaire90: 32.Nh4! would have been a beautiful finish to the attack ! : threatening Nxf5 and neutralizing in advance black's text variation defense of Qxf1, because if 32...gxh5, white can attack the pinned rook with 33.Rg1, a threat that Qxf1 would not take care of.

29.Qxb5 is really a stunning move, justifying the dark squared bishop fiachetto played as of move 4, as white's two center pawns can then be unleashed.

Move like this one are really when chess gets beyond me. In an OTB game, I probably would not have considered it. Capa is really an artist.

Nov-15-14  Tal1949: I rate this the best game ever played by a young teenager. Only 42 minutes for the whole game and a Queen sacrifice as well. Remarkable!

Amazingly none of my chess engines want to play the Queen sacrifice, they all prefer to move away. Yet when I show them Capa's move they love it. Very strange.

And the ending was fantastic. First he could have captured at the wrong point and ended up not able to use his bishop on the a8 square, and it also could have been a horrible stalemate on that last move.

60 Kc6?? 60...g1(Q) 61Bxg1 stalemate

Sep-11-16  Albion 1959: On move 56 Capablanca played Kd4, which is just about what everybody else would have played - yes? Because we all know that if he had taken the pawn on a5 the position is a "book" draw because the bishop does not control the queening square a8. However, Rybka actually suggests taking on a5! isolating the a-pawns. This looks as if white can never win now and is analogous to game five of the Karpov v Korchnoi match in 1978. However, as good as Rybka is, it does have a failure to comprehend the long-term nature of certain types of endgames. Here is a case in point.
Jan-14-18  jackmandoo: Play the middlegame like a magician and the endgame like a machine they said. So he did.
Feb-22-18  hudman653: Wait didn't Capa get to use Corso's time as well? So 42 minutes to make his moves is not quite correct
Feb-22-18  TheFocus: <hudman653: Wait didn't Capa get to use Corso's time as well? So 42 minutes to make his moves is not quite correct>

Well, Corzo got to use Capa's time also, and still lost.

Jan-24-19
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  OrangeTulip: I find this Stockfish annotations quite irritating.
Mar-04-19
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  Garech: What a dazzling game from the 13-year old who has never read a book on chess!
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