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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Rene Portela
Clock simul, 3b (1913) (exhibition), Havana CUB, rd 1, Sep-07
Bird Opening: Dutch Variation (A03)  ·  1-0

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Feb-03-04  Lawrence: 19...Rc3! and Portela smashes Capa to smithereens. (eval -8.42 Junior 8) Can this gamescore be correct?
Feb-04-04
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  Benzol: <Lawrence> The gamescore is correct as far as Rogelio Caparros' book "The Games Of Jose Raul Capablanca" is concerned. It appears in the Informal Games Section so it may have been part of a similtaneous exhibition. It's a pity Portela didn't play 19...♖c3 as it looks quite a shot.
May-24-09  blacksburg: 19...Rc3 is <really> hard to spot. i wouldn't even have thought about it without seeing the kibitzing here.
Oct-26-10  Marquis Cesare: 19...Rc3 isn't too difficult for the following reasons:

1. The black bishop and white king are on the same diagonal

2. The black queen and white queen are on the same file

3. Both the black bishop and queen support the pawn, so if the pawn were to move it would do so with a check by the black bishop.

4. No matter how white decides to capture the black rook, the black queen could take the white queen, and 19...Rc3! threatens the white queen, so even if white doesn't accept the sacrifice black has 20...d3+ 21.Kh1,dxc2 22.Rxc2,Rxc2

Although I originally looked at this game to study from the white side it was a nice treat to see the quiet sacrifice.

Oct-26-10
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  maxi: Nice tactical shot 19...Rc3! I don't think it is obvious, because the rook has to be placed under attack. As far as I can see White loses a whole Rook!

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