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Magnus Smith vs Jose Raul Capablanca
New York Masters (1911), New York, NY USA, rd 11, Feb-01
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation (B18)  ·  0-1



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Aug-18-04  Whitehat1963: Why is this over?
Aug-18-04  aw1988: I think white is in zugzwang... any move by him loses right now.
Aug-18-04  iron maiden: With 25...Qb6, Capa threatens ...Qb1+, forcing White to jettison more material keep his rook. For example, 26. Kh2 Qb3 27. Ra1 Qb2 wins another pawn.
Aug-18-04  iron maiden: Typo: should have been "forcing White to jettison more material TO keep his rook."
Aug-18-04  acirce: That or 26..Qb1 27.Bc4 b5. I think that maybe White can escape immediate loss of more material by 26.Bf1 but at least another pawn is falling pretty soon anyway.
Aug-18-04  notyetagm: Capablanca <loved> to push those rook pawns.
Sep-14-08  pom nasayao: There is no fight left for White. With a pawn down and doubled pawns on the g-file, he will surely succumb to Capa's torture techniques.
Sep-14-08  Poulsen: However this is not a zugzwang position - since white's position do not improve by NOT moving. White is simply having a lost position.
Sep-14-08  CapablancaFan: Let's look at all the circumstances here. Black has total control of the d-file and the semi-open b-file. White has 2 isolated pawns, plus doubled pawns on the g-file. White is down a pawn. Now, each one of these factors alone is not necessarily enough to justify a resignation, but when you combine them with the fact your playing against on of the most premier endgame specialist in the world, well as <Poulsen> has stated, white's position is just simply lost.
Sep-14-08  Alphastar: This game shows why you don't achieve anything at all with white if you don't decide on the standard h4-h5 plan in the mainline Caro-Kann. There's simply nothing to attack.
Sep-06-09  birthtimes: It would be 11 more years before Capablanca again played the Caro-Kann in serious competition. He never lost a game playing the Caro-Kann as Black...he had 8 wins and 6 draws...
Nov-03-15  King.Arthur.Brazil: I don't agree. CAPA treats 26... Qb1+. White would play 26.Ra1 then black block with 26...Bb1 the R moves, so there's no defeat to 27... Qb2 which get quality (R x Bb1). More, if 26.Kh2?? simply Qb1 27.Bc4 (forced) b5! White will lose material too (B).
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  beatgiant: <King.Arthur.Brazil> 26. Bf1 as suggested by <acirce> above appears to rescue the rook, but Black will win another pawn in the near future.
Aug-03-17  N.O.F. NAJDORF: Another possibility is 26 Kh2 Bb1, winning the exchange!
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