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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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  maxi: The analysis of the final position by Stockfish is logical and basically forced. It would have been interesting if they had played on just two moves more, to see if Capa felled for the trap 26.Bf1 Qb1 27.Qe2 Bd3? 28.Rd2! and it is Black who loses!

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