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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Charles Jaffe
American National (1913), New York, NY USA, rd 11, Feb-02
Four Knights Game: Nimzowitsch (Paulsen) (C49)  ·  0-1



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Feb-17-04  Whitehat1963: Where does Capa go wrong here?
Feb-17-04  Cerebrate2006: by playing 1. e4?? capa screws up...but that is probably arguable. I think he just gave up too many pawns on the kingside and realized that it was black who was going to gain control of the g file too late.
Feb-17-04  Resignation Trap: <Where does Capa go wrong here?> As a start 10. Qe3. Why? His Bishop on c1 stays home until move 28.

20. h4? Not a bad idea, but played prematurely. 20. Rh1 and 21. Nhf1 should be played first.

29. Qxf4? White can't save the game after this. Clearly Capa was out of form today.

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  beenthere240: Looks to me like he was playing on autopilot and that he expected Jaffe to fold after Qh6.
Jul-09-11  sfm: Capa misses the smart 29.-,Nh3 which wins for Black. The strong-looking 28.Bb2 is probably a mistake, as things suddenly looks nasty after -,Rg8. After the simple 28.Bxf4 White has a better position.
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  Phony Benoni: Going into this round 11 game, Capablanca had started the tournament 10-0. Marshall was two points behind at 8.0, Jaffe (who had been keeping close till the last couple of rounds) had 7.5.

Capablanca still had Jaffe, Chajes and Marshall to play--three good opponents, but he may well have been feeling a bit overconfident. As it happened, he drew with Chajes next, and was only 1/2-point up on Marshall going into the final round. With White, Capablanca adopted the Exchange French (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5), and the players agreed to a quick draw giving Capablanca the tournament.

Capablanca would get another chance for perfection a few months later at the Rice Chess Club tournament, and would put that one away.

Jan-31-18  RookFile: Capa lost so very few times with white. Quite an accomplishment for Jaffe.
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  kingscrusher: Hi all

I am in cultural shock here - apparently the "only looking one move ahead" was from Jaffe according to this :

"‘Apropos is the story of the game between the invincible Capablanca and Charles Jaffe, pride of the East Side. Capa forgot he was invincible: he lost. A reporter who was present asked the Cuban, “How far do you see ahead?” Capa replied impressively, “About ten moves”. Then the reporter went over to Jaffe: “How far do you see ahead?” Much to everyone’s surprise, the reply was, “Only one move”. This didn’t make sense. “How could a player who can see only one move ahead defeat another who can delve so deeply?” Here Jaffe explained: “I see only one move ahead, but always the best move.”That is sufficient.’

Is it really the case that this witty answer about one move ahead was from Jaffe and not Capablanca ?

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