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Paul W Eddingfield vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Simul, 35b (1915) (exhibition), Indianapolis, IN USA, Dec-02
Queen Pawn Game: Veresov Attack (D00)  ·  0-1



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  Chessical: Capablanca improbably implodes in an Indianapolis simultaneous

<20.Rxe6> Rc6 21.Rae1 Rxe6 22.Rxe6 Kf7 23.Rxb6 wins his opponent's N and the game, and <22.Qe8> is a one move mate.

This suggests to me that either Capabalanca was mightly distracted, or that the score is corrupt. Apparently, Hermann Helms published it in the American Chess Bulletin with the name of a eye-witness, so distracted it is then.

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  Calli: The correct score of this game is unknown. See the discussion at

Nov-09-04  tempi2burn: the problem with this game is that it is posted incorrectly. capablanca was black and eddingfield was white.
Apr-15-05  Dick Brain: This score is obviously absurd. Besides the points Chessical mentions, even 25...g5 is absurd since White's rook is already en prise with check in that position.
May-22-05  soberknight: Larry Parr, in this article, says Capablanca played Black. He adds, "Is this game for real? Hermann Helms thought it was and published it in his American Chess Bulletin along with the name of a reliable witness. Of the 15,000 or so tournament, match and simul games that Capablanca played, this effort must be the ugliest."
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  offramp: 22.Qe8# Something is badly wrong with the score.
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  offramp: At the link that <Calli> gave earlier there is quite a good reconstruction by Dan Heisman. For simplicity's sake I'll give it here:
[Event "Simultaneous"]
[Site "Indianapolis"]
[Date "1915.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Eddingfield, PW"]
[Black "Capablanca, Josť Raul"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D00"]
[PlyCount "54"]
[EventDate "1915.??.??"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. e3 c5 4. dxc5 e6 5. b4 a5 6. Ba3 axb4 7. Bxb4 Na6 8. Bb5+ Bd7 9. Bxa6 Rxa6 10. Qe2 Qa8 11. Nb5 Bxb5 12. Qxb5+ Nd7 13. a3 Rc6 14. Nf3 Bxc5 15. O-O O-O 16. Qd3 h6 17. Rfe1 Rfc8 18. Nd4 Bxd4 19. exd4 Rxc2 20. h3 Nb6 21. Re3 Qa4 22. f3 Qa6 23. Qf1 Qxf1+ 24. Kxf1 Rb2 25. Be7 Rcc2 26. Bh4 Nc4 27. Rd3 g5 0-1

May-23-05  soberknight: <offramp> Thanks for the post. Although it's impossible to know whether Heisman got the game score 100% correct, it makes a LOT more sense than the traditional score. I no longer believe that the old score is correct. Not only is it mind-boggling that Capa would allow a mate in one, even in a simul, but the whole ebb and flow of the game makes no sense at all.
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  offramp: The main thing is that Capablanca was black; that is unusual in a simultaneous - at least these days - but the photo of the press clipping on that chesshistory page shows that that was the case.
May-26-05  yunis: what happens if 21.Qxb6?dont see black continuation
Feb-18-06  Whitehat1963: What happens if 19. Qxd7? I don't see it.
Feb-18-06  CapablancaFan: <Whitehat1963> The answer is simple...nothing. Capa would have been a piece up and probably won the game. A rare oversight for a player of Capablanca's calibure. I would remind you though when this game was played Capa was still moving up the ranks and his technique was not quite refined yet. Also this was a simul. game where Capa had MULTIPLE games going on at once. So when we take all these in totality I think we can for give his misstep. :-)
Feb-18-06  Whitehat1963: <CapablancaFan> the earlier kibitzing indicates that there is at least a possibility that Capa was playing the black pieces.
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  tpstar: Heisman's reconstruction with Capablanca playing Black (posted by <offramp>) is so believable that I would ignore this database gamescore completely.
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  MissScarlett: <It was a hundred years ago today, Capablanca taught the Hoosiers how to play..>, this isn't working!
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