Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Jose Raul Capablanca vs Alexander Alekhine
"Roamin' Orthodox" (game of the day Nov-18-2016)
Capablanca - Alekhine World Championship Match (1927), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 11, Oct-07
Queen's Gambit Declined: Cambridge Springs Variation (D52)  ·  0-1



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 33 times; par: 98 [what's this?]

Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 48 more Capablanca/Alekhine games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: As you play through the game, you can get the FEN code for any position by right-clicking on the board and choosing "Copy Position (EPD)". Copy and paste the FEN into a post to display a diagram.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 1 OF 7 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Dec-01-03  Shadout Mapes: 51...Rf8 is one of those legendary errors which plagues so many online databases.

This is a great game, the one where Alekhine apparently saw the ending 20 moves in advance. The reduced material makes it plausible. IIRC, Capa's error took place somewhere on move 29, exchanging the wrong pawn.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessical: <Shadout Mapes: "Alekhine apparently saw the ending 20 moves in advance">.

Alekhine's version of the game, however, is of a complex and tense struggle. He indicates that both players make mistakes, and the advantage flips either way as both players struggle with the tension and the complexity of the piece play.

Alekhine states that:

23...Qc7 was a mistake (23..Rc7) after which Capablanca has the advantage. Capablanca then plays 26.Ng4?! (26.Nc4) and 32.Nf6?! (32.Rb7).

Alekhine is nicely increasing his advantage until the 43rd move where he misses 43...Qb6

Capablanca plays 47.Qd7?! (47.Rd7!)and Alekhine is on top again.

There is a last series of inaccuracies on moves 58-60 in which Alekhine puts his Q on f1 rather than h1 and Capablanca does not find a defensive idea of Kg2 and Rc2 and mate becomes inevitable.

Dec-01-03  Catfriend: The best in the match, and one of the best endings ever!
Dec-01-03  Catfriend: In case somebody doesn't notice the idea immediately (I didn't see it on the spot - it took me at least half a minute), Capa must answer Qg2 and then Qh1 mates - a unique final
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: A TRUE multi-queen game by Alekhine! A brilliant finale!! Almost seen only in chess problems.
Dec-01-03  Catfriend: I must say that what impresses me grandly is the fact AA won in such a way against the best ever endgame player! BTW, Alekhin himself was a tremendous "end-gamist". See Alekhin vs Tartakower, 1922. Alekhin wins a mythical end-game proving his thesis: Games shouldn't be won technically, as Capa suggests, they should be played artfully!
Dec-01-03  PinkPanther: I don't know why at the bottom of this page this game in included in a games collection where it says "Alex mates Capa in fine fashion" but this isn't checkmate. It will be very soon as soon as Capa interposes his queen on g2, but apparently he tipped his king before that happened.
Premium Chessgames Member
  patzer2: Wow! This queen rook ending is really complex, and it is little wonder that both Capablanca and Alekhine traded mistakes trying to figure it out. Fritz 8 was churning the circuits for quiet a while on my Pentium 4 trying to solve it, and even approaching 20 ply depth I'm still not certain this near 2800 rated program has it right.

According to Fritz 8's analysis, Alekhine missed a win with 47...Rc7! (-1.59 @19/60 depth & 775kN/s). However, according to Fritz 8, Alekhine should have been able to maintain a clear advantage after the move 47...Qc5 he actually played (-1.25 @18/70 depth & 784kN/s).

The Fritz analysis of 47...Rc7! is deep but instructive and goes 47...Rc7 48. Qe8+ Kh7 49. Rd8 Qxf2+ 50. Kh3 Qxf6 51. Qg8+ Kh6 52. Qf8+ Qg7 53. Qd6 f5 54. Re8 Kh7 55. Re1 c2 56. Rc1 Qc3 57. Kh2 (-1.59 & 19/60 depth & 784kN/s). And now a second Fritz 8 analysis of this analyzed position gives 57...Qc4! [Not 57...Qa5? 58. Rxc2 Rxc2 59. Qe7+ and white has a draw by pereptual check] 58. a5 Qe2+ 59. Kh3 Rf7! [I started a third Fritz 8 analyis of the position after 59. Kh3 to get black's 59th move and what follows] 60. Qd5 Re7! 61. Qd4 f4! 62. Qxf4 Qd1 63. a6 Qd7+ 64. Kg2 Re2+ 65. Kg1 Qd1+ 66. Qf1 Qd4+ 67. Kh1 Rf2! to secure black's winning advantage (-4.38 @ 16/57 depth & 779kN/s). A fourth Fritz 8 analysis at the end of this third analyzed position indicates best play as 68. Qxf2 Qxf2 69. a7 Qd2! 70. Rg1 Qd7! 71. Kh2 [if 71. a8Q, then 71...Qh3#] 71...Qxa7 with an overwhelming winning advantage (-12.50 @ 17/75 depth & 886kN/s).

After 47...Qc5 48. Re4 Qxf2+ 49. Kh3 Rf8 [instead of the 49...Qf1+ Alekhine played] 50. Qc6 Qf3 51. Kh2 Kh7 52. Qc4 Qf2+ 53. Kh3 Qg1 54. Re2 Qh1+ 55. Rh2 Qf3 56. Re2 Qxf6, Fritz 8 gives black a clear advantage (-1.25 & 18/70 depth & 784kN/s).

Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: Technically,the game ended in resignation-rather than mate. But when it is this close and this clear,I would call it a mate. Kind of like a TKO in boxing.
Premium Chessgames Member
  patzer2: 57. Qg2 Qh1#
Apr-27-04  Whitehat1963: Does anyone know which game this is in their match?
Apr-27-04  Pterodactylus: According to "Predecessors I" this is the 11th game in the match.
Apr-27-04  Calli: It says RND 11 right in the Chessgames scorecard. No need for research!
Apr-27-04  horticulture: In my mind, Alekhine's book, My Best Games of Chess, illustrates this game really well! =) He calls it a "comedy of errors." I hope this is helpful for everyone; the book is still in print; Dover rush! =)
Premium Chessgames Member
  cu8sfan: About the mistakes mentioned here: At least around move 55. or 60 both players were in serious time trouble.
Jul-21-04  offramp: Lillienthal said that there are four stages in a chess games; openings, middlegames, endgames and Q+R endings. He said Q+R endings were extremely hard to play because if you try to play them like an ending you might suddenly get mated. They are really, really hard to plat and even Lasker (Schlechter vs Lasker, 1910) made mistakes.
Aug-17-04  Whitehat1963: Could it be that this game is underrated? Capa and Alekhine slug it out for the world championship and place four queens on the board.
Aug-17-04  acirce: <Could it be that this game is underrated?> Hardly in terms of quality, it contains lots of important mistakes from both sides.
Aug-17-04  Whitehat1963: <acirce> Is accuracy the only measure? Or do fireworks count for anything? (Not trying to be sarcastic.)
Aug-17-04  acirce: It depends on what you mean, of course. That's why I said 'in terms of quality'.
Aug-17-04  Whitehat1963: For instance, the Marshall v. Marco 1904 game also has errors, but is also full of fireworks.
Sep-19-04  Sergey Sorokhtin: Detailed new correktion THIS GAME on
Sep-19-04  Lawrence: <Sergey Sorokhtin>, the warmest of welcomes. The link you provide mentions Capa-Bogo 1925 and Rubinstein-Capa 1911 but I can't find this game. For those who don't know, here's a bit of bio on <Sergey>:

"One candidate for a prize is Sergey Sorokhtin of St. Petersburg, Russia. The 34-year-old manager of a construction company is an untitled player who takes part in blitz tournaments, occasionally beating a GM or IM in the process. He also photographs chess events, and has some of his photos published in chess magazines."

Nice photo of HIM too. Bio and photo at the chessbase link he mentions.

Sep-20-04  Sergey Sorokhtin: Lawrence!Look better!
Press this form:

Click here for Sorokhtin's original file in ChessBase format Note that this contains more extensive and diverse analysis and included additional games.

Sep-20-04  Lawrence: <Sergey>, found it, spasiba.
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 7)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 1 OF 7 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Capablanca & Alekhine trade mistakes in Queen & Rook ending.
from End game tactics by patzer2
Alex mates Capa in fine fashion!
from champs vs champs by kevin86
Four queens!
from Thunderstorms from a Blue Sky by Benjamin Lau
good endgame
from pixing's favorite games by pixing
onammano's favorite games
by onammano
Alekhine beating Capablanca
from jegc2 by jaime gallegos
four queens
from ninja007's favorite games by ninja007
Luis Casarin's favorite games
by Luis Casarin
Hidden Skillz's favorite games
by Hidden Skillz
Pity we can't get more than 18 queens:)
from Multi-queens! by Catfriend
Two queens of each color on the board at once!
from Shadowlord's favorites games by Shad0wl0rd16
Game 125
from Garry Kasparov's On My Great Predecessors (1B) by AdrianP
Keshishian's favorite games
by Keshishian
My Great Predecessors: Alexander the Fourth
by grozny
Game #21
from My Best Games Of Chess 1924-1937 by A. Alekhine by dac1990
both sides have two queens-black will mate next move
from polygamy or what's an extra Q among friends? by kevin86
"Roamin' Orthodox"
from Games of the day 3 by Herkus
I was trapped. My heart beat wildly.
from Ground is shaking. Everything is burning. by offramp
multi queen
from greatest games ever played by mrajib
Endgame Tactics
from A game of chess has a beginning and an end, but by arielbekarov
plus 199 more collections (not shown)

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC