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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Abraham Kupchik
New York Masters (1915), New York, NY USA, rd 7, Apr-27
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0



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Jan-31-04  Lawrence: A marvellously well-fought and even battle. After 43.♘f5 Kupchik had better moves than 43.....♖f8. For example, 43.....gxf5 44.exf5 ♘exd5 45.cxd5 ♗xd5 46.f6 e4 47.fxg7+ ♕xg7 eval +0.34 (Fritz 8) As it is, Fritz gives Whites an eval of +1.31 and if Blacks had been Alexander Alexandrovich he would surely have fought on.
Jan-31-04  Calli: I don't understand the resignation either. After 43...gxf5 44.exf5 Nexd5 45.cxd5 Bxd5 46.Rxh7+ Kg8 47.f6 e4, Fritz missed the winning 48.Qb5! On 48...exf3+ then Kg3 or 48...Qg4+ 49.Kf1. Actually other Queen moves like Qc2 also probably win because White has a mate in three threatened. If Alekhine or Tal makes a sacrifice, analysis may show that the opponent might have wriggled out. When Capablanca made a sacrifice like 43.Nf5!, I tend to trust him even over a computer.
Feb-01-04  Lawrence: Holy mackerel Calli you've got the best brains baffled! (Haven't been dipping into ughaibu's rice wine, have you? I mean, Saturday night is Saturday night.) 48.Qb5 loses the Queen. Black's Bishop on g7 is protected by the a7 Rook.
Feb-01-04  Calli: No brains involved :-). Its simply that my database has a different move 30...R3a6. I'm not sure which is right. Will look into it later.
Feb-01-04  tud: I think it's difficult to fight against Nh2->g4->f6 or h6
May-26-05  yunis: Q came to e2to be able to go after bishop sacrifice on c5 'their after N taking on e5 threatining the Q and that"s it
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

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  Phony Benoni: A little late, but here is a note from the <American Chess Bulletin>, 1915, p.106, concerning the final position:

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<"At this point the game was adjourned and Black had three days in which to examine the position thoroughly, but he found no way in which to guard the many threats by White, as for instance, Bxc5 followed by Nxe5 and Qb2. On the other hand, the manoeuver of Nh2 and g4, followed either by Nf6 or h6, breaks up Black's game. The method of treating this development of the Ruy Lopez is especially instructive to students as showing why a player can not sit back in the belief that his position is impregnable and wait for something to turn up.">

There may be another factor as well. About a week before, Kupchik's father had suddenly passed away. He had received the news while playing his round 2 game against Hodges, adjourned that game, and left the tournament for several days. New York 1915 was a relatively poor result for Kupchik; his heart and mind were undoubtedly elsewhere.

Apr-23-12  ughaibu: Does that confirm the 30th move as Ra7?
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  Phony Benoni: Another insight into Kupchik's resignation comes from the <Brooklyn Daily Eagle>, May 2, 1915:

<"The Cuban champion had a game in hand with A. Kupchik, New York State champion, which he scored after forty-five moves. When Kupchik gave up, there were still twenty-five of the thirty-two pieces on the board, and Capablanca's advantage was positional only. However, Kupchik had figured out that after the Cuban had place his knight properly he was bound to win a pawn, so that he could merely hope to prolong an uphill fight, without any chance of his winning it. Having two other games on his hands, besides a league match in the evening, Kupchik concluded it to be the better part of valor to resign at once.">

Jul-07-12  RookFile: In other words, he conserved his resources.
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  kingscrusher: Although this game seems utterly one sided, it seems I missed something in my analysis way back on Youtube. it seems black missed 28...h6 which represents a very interesting exchange sacrifice. White has played a large number of pawn moves on light squares and is vulnerable quite logically for one moment at least here:


Jose Raul Capablanca - Abraham Kupchik 1-0 7.0, New York Masters 1915

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Analysis by Stockfish 15 - 3 threads max:

1. ∓ (-1.45): 29.Bh4 g5 30.Nf5 Bxf5 31.gxf5 Qd8 32.Nc2 R3a7 33.Rg2 Nh5 34.Bxg5 hxg5 35.Rxg5 Nf4 36.Rg4 Kh8

Other than that, it was pretty one-sided

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  Dionysius1: Very nice. I like what happens if White takes the h6 pawn and later tries to save his c1 Rook, with black's bishops and then his Rook running rampant. Eg. 28...h6 29. ♗xh6 ♖xb3 30. ♕xb3 ♗xh6 31. ♖c2 ♗a4 32. ♕b2 ♗xc2 33. ♕xc2 ♖a3

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