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Esteban Canal vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Budapest (1929), Budapest HUN, rd 3, Sep-03
Queen's Indian Defense: Capablanca Variation (E16)  ·  0-1



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Nov-22-03  FeArMySkiLLz: Very Fine play .
May-12-04  Lawrence: Canal was doing fine until move 30, and then little by little Capa just took over the game.
Nov-06-05  CapablancaFan: A VERY RARE Capablanca game where Capa actually blunders and loses a piece!(21.e5!). What's even more amazing than that? Capa continues to play on like material is even, seemingly unfazed! From this point on, as Capa's moves become more accurate, Canal finds it more and more difficult to find a refutation. Suddendly, Canal is forced to return the material with interest, and a few strike blows later by Capa and it's all over for white.

Nov-06-05  Karpova: Capablanca didn't blunder away a piece. he knew that his rook would be stronger than white's knight&bishop.
Nov-06-05  CapablancaFan: Did Capa blunder or was it all part of his bigger scheme? It just looks so much like Canal, up until about move 29, was playing excellent, then it just all fell apart for him. Capa tended to have that kind of effect on his opponents I guess.
Nov-19-05  paladin at large: <CapablancaFan> Karpova is correct - Capa did not blunder. His control of the open b-file, protected passed pawn and pin of the knight with 23. .....Rb1 give him time, after the exchange of rooks, to win White's a-pawn, giving him another passed pawn. Capa demonstrates by his sure handling that he understood what his compensation was.

See Capa vs. Lilienthal 1936 for another masterful handling of rook vs. bishop + knight.

Mar-08-07  Octavia: This is another game, where Chernev in Logical Chess explains the ideas behind the moves brilliantly:

"20 Rxb7 This tempting combination wins 2 pieces for the rook. Has Capablanca been caught off-guard or does he see much further into the position than his opponent?"

He doesn't answer this question, but shows instead how Capablanca then goes on to win - great!

Mar-08-07  Poulsen: Hmm - 45.c7 seems pretty hopeless.
What happens on 45.Kf5?
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  beatgiant: <Poulsen>
On 45. Kf5 Rc5+ 46. Kf4 Re5, White's king is in a box, and after the further 47. Bd3 Kd6 48. Be4 Kc7, it looks like zugzwang and the c-pawn falls anyway.
May-08-10  birthtimes: On 45.Kf5 Rc5+ 46.Kf4 Ke6 47.Ke3 f5 48.Bd3 Rxc6 and Black goes on to win with proper technique...
May-08-10  birthtimes: After 58.Kh3 fxg3 59.Kxg3 h4+ 60.Kh3 Rc3 61.Bd5 Kf4 62.Kxh4 Rxf3 63.Bxf3 Kxf3 64.Kh3 f4 0-1.
Aug-17-10  piscine2000: 32.Nd7! (to be followed by c5) and White is OK. The horse hangs on d3.
Apr-19-16  Howard: So, did Capablanca have a won ending all along ? Or could our POTD today, have salvaged a draw ?
Apr-21-16  Howard: Never thought that I'd accidentally stumble across the answer to my own question just days later !

The website states that
32.Nd7! would have drawn.

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