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Kornel Havasi vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Budapest (1929), Budapest HUN, rd 6, Sep-07
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E34)  ·  0-1



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Aug-16-04  Whitehat1963: Capa gives a lesson in the opening of the day.
Feb-03-05  chess man: He sure does!
Sep-27-05  Kriegspiel: Chernev lists the game with another move before resignation (0-1):

34.Rb1 Qxc1+


Dec-04-06  thatsmate: Is the threat 34. Nd2?
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  Octavia: 16...Qxb7 "...we will see a demo of the technique of winning a won game."

Chernev in Logical Chess, explained that the 2 pawn advantage & the light squared weakness make it a won game for black. Since they've both lost their wh squared B, i don't see why this is such a weakness for wh but not bl. - may be the fact that most wh Ps are on bl, which makes his B a weak piece?

Jun-14-09  AlforChess: Yesterday, writing about the game, I found 26. ... Rf3!. Haven't seen this is in the literature.

Odd, the year before against Havasi, Capa also made an oversight, which has been noted.

Best, Al Lawrence

Jun-14-09  visayanbraindoctor: 26...b5 looks like a pretty safe way to a completely winning position, so how can this be an error or oversight?
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  beatgiant: <visayanbraindoctor> As Lasker said, when you see a good move, look for a better one.

26...Rxf3 27. gxf3 Qd1+ 28. Kg2 Rc1 29. Kg3 Qg1+ 30. Kh4 (or Kf4) ...f6, with a mating net. White may be forced to give up queen for rook with 29. Qxc1.

Jun-15-09  tommy boy: What an accuracy
Jun-15-09  visayanbraindoctor: <beatgiant: As Lasker said, when you see a good move, look for a better one.>

Nice quote. First time I've been made aware it was from Lasker, and he is no doubt correct for most positions. Occasionally, this can backfire though, especially when one already has calculated a winning line and time control is nearing (in the above game, time control was probably on move 30.) Every one has probably had the experience of choosing a 'safer' line or a line that one has already analyzed thoroughly in the mind's eye, rather than a faster line to a win. So I really do not regard such choices as errors (although surely such entities as computers and meticulous analyzers would).

Jun-15-09  visayanbraindoctor: Having said the above

<AlforChess: Yesterday, writing about the game, I found 26. ... Rf3!.>

<beatgiant: 26...Rxf3 27. gxf3 Qd1+>

is indeed a shorter way to win. Thanks for pointing it out.

Jun-15-09  AlforChess: Thanks, visayanbraindoctor.
I agree that there is nothing at all wrong with how Capa won. I simply wanted to report what I haven't seen anyone else note.

It's just one more tiny bit of info on this masterpiece.

By the way, I think Chernev was incorrect to imply that 27. ... exd5 was best. I think the immediate 27. ... b4 was even more accurate. From White's point of view, I think 25. Ra1 offered stiffer resistance.

None of this would alter the outcome, and Capa played a masterpiece. Best, Al Lawrence

Apr-04-10  Chess Network: Every move after Black's Qd7 was just lights out!
Feb-06-16  juanhernandez: what if 26. Rea1?
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  fiercebadger: 26 Rae1 then Qb5

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