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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Alfred Kreymborg
NYSCA ch (1910), New York, NY USA, rd 4, Feb-26
Formation: Queen Pawn Game: London System (D02)  ·  1-0



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May-21-05  paladin at large: Another rook-and-pawn masterpiece by Capablanca. After 30 moves, there seems little to choose between the positions. Interesting how between moves 28 and 40 the doubled white rooks on the a-file prevent black from being able to invade the white position.

40. Kd3 is an important move. Black has committed his rooks to the g-file, but cannot gain the initiative. After the exchange of rooks on a2, white seizes the g-file and decides the game.

May-21-05  RookFile: I think Kreymbourg played a good game,
and aquitted himself well. Capablanca seemed to be on autopilot for the first half of the game.
May-21-05  fgh: Quite an Capablanca like ending, by Capablanca :-)
May-22-05  paladin at large: <RookFile> Agree. Capablanca makes the impression of casually pushing the pieces around until the endgame. Why did Kreymbourg play 15.....Qc6? It brings to mind one of Chernev's dictums: " 'Don't simplify against Capablanca!' I keep telling them at the office."
Jul-23-05  davewv: Page 65 Chess Fundamentals by Capablanca
Aug-02-05  Caissanist: Paladin: I agree, Kreymborg would certainly have had the better game had he played the obvious 15...Nf6 instead of 15...Qc6? Kreymborg seems to have been worried about the potential weakness of his d-pawn, but white is so cramped that I don't see how he could have attacked it effectively.

Does anybody see any reason for Capa's 13.O-O-O? It seems to me that he simply hands the initiative over to black with that move, at least until his opponent hands it back two moves later.

Aug-02-05  aw1988: To me it seems like a rather sterile position and White cannot do much. I think via O-O-O he tries to get his king more active.
Nov-12-05  AdrianP: According to Chernev 34. ...f4 would draw for Black.
Dec-30-05  FENfiend: <Caissanist> & <aw1988>: Doesn't 13. O-O-O also develop the R on the semi-open file in a single move? As was previously mentioned, Capablanca plays solidly enough to stay safe. He might as well do what he does best.
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  Mateo: A very difficult Rook ending. I think the decisive mistake was 39... Rbg7 (?). He should have come back with 39... Rgg7, keeping control of the open file, an eye on the b5 break, and defending a7. After 39... Rgg7, it is hard to find a way to make any progress for White. Did any annotator noticed this possibility?
Feb-04-06  Calli: <Mateo> Yes

"39.R6a2 Rbg7 [39...Rgg7 would have offered greater resistance, but the position is lost in any case (I leave the student to work this out)." -

J.R. Capablanca

I assume he will play Ra6 and b5. Perhaps play one rook to a6 and the other rook to a5 and then b5. What do you think?

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  Mateo: <Calli> After 39... Rgg7 40. Ra6 Rg2 41. Kd3 Rgg7 42. Ra5, White wins gradually. No doubt your plan is the best one.
Oct-19-09  Resignation Trap: <Caissa Nods> by Alfred Kreymborg

I swore I'd never begin another game
When I lost the one I should have won or drawn
Some twenty years ago, before young Fame
Crowned Capablanca King. From dark to dawn,
Capa and I fought on in Caissa's name-
Even the wooden chessmen had to yawn-
And then, with a draw so near, my sleepy brain
Overlooked a stealthily creeping pawn!

When I was ten, my father said the same:
'I must be growing old - I had a won game!'
And now I battle with the blue-eyed Aiken,
And bungle the most apparent victories,
Again I hear a ghostly voice awaken:
I must be growing blind - my queen's en prise!

from <The Lost Sail: A Cape Cod Diary>, 1928.

Nov-19-12  Cemoblanca: I would call this 1 'Krèym de la Krèym'! ;)
Jan-01-22  paladin at large: Or "Krèym and Punishment"
Mar-10-22  BentOuttaSmyslov: This morning I went back through this game and am curious why Capablanca plays 32.Ke2 and not Kf4? It just seems to give White an easier game. He slips up right after this with 34.h5? and Black has drawing chances.
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  kingscrusher: Oh no, a London system from Capablanca :)
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  kingscrusher: Objectively, there seems to be a number of inaccuracies from both sides in this game - maybe Capablanca did not sleep well the night before this game

These align with the comments made. It seems black had for example 33..f4

Jose Raul Capablanca - Alfred Kreymborg 1-0 4.0, NYSCA ch New York, NY USA 1910

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Analysis by Stockfish 15 - 3 threads max:

1. = (0.25): 34.b5 fxe3 35.fxe3 Ke5 36.bxc6 Rf6 37.Kd3 Rfxc6 38.Rxc6 Rxc6 39.Rxa7 Rh6 40.Ra4 Rh5 41.Rd4 Ke6 42.e4 dxe4+ 43.Rxe4+ Kd6 44.Kc4 Kc7 45.Kb4 Kb6 46.Rg4 Rb5+ 47.Kc4 Rh5 48.Kb3 Kb7 49.Kb4 Kc6 50.Rc4+ Kb6 51.Kb3

Capablanca was human after all - well at this part of his early career anyway.

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