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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Arthur William Dake
New York (1931), New York, NY USA, rd 4, Apr-22
Slav Defense: Steiner Variation (D16)  ·  1-0



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Apr-01-04  suenteus po 147: Dake had a winning line with 50...b5! If 51.Kc5 Ba8 52.Kxb5 Kxe2 53.Kc5 Kxe3! The outside passed pawn is decisive because Capablanca must hunt it down, but cannot do so without sacrificing his own pawns at the same time. Larry Evans covers this game in his book of 10 Most Common Chess Mistakes, and he reports Dake as saying, "Capablanca said he would have resigned if I had played the right line. But I did not play wisely and conducted my game in rapid transit style, trying to show the great Capablanca I could play the game as fast as he could. ... Although the game could have been adjourned, I made the mistake of insisting we finish what we had started." Capablanca knew enough not to resign until he saw proof of his opponent's win!
Apr-01-04  TrueFiendish: Dake was a sailor who was a proponent of rapid transit, often playing at the Marshall club in NY. According to Fine, he sort of came from nowhere, chess-wise, and became quite strong.
Jul-21-06  cizio2: Dake made a lot of weaks move in the ending, not only 50...Kxe2. He had a lot of opportunities of playing b7-b5 when his K was in the center and white K was in the Kside. Even after 50...Kxe2 he threw away draw opportunities.
Jul-21-06  MrMelad: Sorry if I'm negative, but those games bore me the most.. No sacrifices, no flashes, no briliances. Just a slow endgame where the first to promote wins. This is probabely why I'm not a good player (That and the lack of natural talent), I like to sac pieces just for the fun of it. The strategy people use to beat me in friendly games is to think 30 minutes for a move and then I'm so bored I sacrifise the queen. :)
Jul-13-08  RookFile: Dake definitely deserved the GM emeritus title you got. He came within an ace of being able to claim that he beat both Alekhine and Capablanca.
Feb-09-10  Marmot PFL: This is truly amazing that Capablanca could win this ending.
Jul-06-10  RandomVisitor: 37...Kb3! 38.Kc1 c3 39.bxc3 Kxc3 -4.03/21 Rybka 3.

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Mar-08-13  optimal play: Other sources indicate this scoresheet may have a slight mistake. Black played 5...Bg4 not 5...Bf5 (hence the logic of 6.Ne5).

Ironically the Eco & variation are listed correctly since 5...Bg4 is indeed the Steiner variation whilst 5...Bf5 is the Czech variation.

The mistake is disguised by Black's retreat of the Bishop at 12...Be6

I have submitted the appropriate correction slip.

Nov-16-13  refutor: 6.Ne5 is a common move in that position (played 1792 times in that position according to opening explorer) according to an interview in Blitz Chess magazine (with Dake and Jude Acers), Dake played this on purpose following Capablanca vs Vidmar, 1929 assuming that Capablanca wouldn't play for a quick draw as in the Vidmar game
Dec-11-14  drunknite: looks like 57 ...Be8 58 BxB and then..?
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  beatgiant: <drunknite>
<looks like 57 ...Be8 58 BxB and then..?> And then Black loses after 58...b3 59. e7 b2 60. Bg6, or 58...Ke5 59. Kxb4.
Dec-12-14  drunknite: yeah, I am going too fast. one move before should just be 56...Kxg4 huh?
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  beatgiant: <drunknite> 56...Kxg4 57. Kc5 wins the Bishop and queens the e-pawn in time to prevent Black from getting a queen.
Dec-14-14  drunknite: I cant save Dake on move 56 or later, but I think I can on move 55. Look at this unreal line :

56. Ke5 Ke3
57. e7 this deserves a diagram:

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it does call to mind the concept of rear opposition in opp. color B endings which I guess was discovered after the Capablanca Yates game in 1924. But there's other unusual things going on like using the B as a blockader instead of controlling the queening square.

Dake said he was moving too fast, but I dont know if anyone could have come up with that over the board its so unusual. there's another unusual thing to pt out....

Dec-14-14  drunknite: (cont.) Dakes problems begin when he gets his B off the queening square so that's part of it. Now look at the position, in the actual game on black's 60th move. His B is going to get zugzwanged (forced to move) off that diagonal that he's on. That's a 5 square diagonal from a4 to e8. That's only supposed to happen on a shorter, 3 square diagonal! At least that's what the books I have read say.

I am not an expert on endgames, but I have been studying them for a little while. I have not really seen anything quite like this.

Dec-14-14  drunknite: the above analysis was aided by the chesslab pc. But here's one I see just looking at the board: 51...BxB! just wins out right; what the hell went wrong with Dake? That's simple.

Come to think of it there is one other game that reminds me of that situation:

K Darga vs Spassky, 1964

when Dargas King tries to circumnavigate...well just look at move 66, is all I'm gonna say.

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  beatgiant: <drunknite>
51...Bxe4 52. Kxe4 is a tablebase draw.
Dec-16-14  drunknite: both pawns will queen; I am fooled again.
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  beatgiant: <drunknite>
I wasn't able to find the draw after 55...Kf3 56. Ke5 Ke3 <56. Bb1>

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White wins the g-pawn and is ready to give up the bishop for the b-pawn, winning with the remaining pawns. For example then 56...b4 57. Kf5 b3 58. Kxg5 b2 59. e7 Kd2 60. Kf6 Ba4 61. g6 Bc2 62. Bxc2 Kxc2 63. e8=Q b1=Q 64. Qe4+ wins.

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  MissScarlett: <I was a young cocky kid, who wanted to show the great Capablanca that I could move as fast as he could. I even did not adjourn the game at move forty but played on. Capablanca told me that he would have resigned if I played 37...Kb3. My fast play ruined the tournament for me. Of course my last error was 55...Bc6 instead of 55...b4, which would have drawn as I could set up a King blockade.>

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