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Jose Raul Capablanca vs A G Pedroso
Simul (1927), Sao Paulo BRA, Aug-??
Polish Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0

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Dec-09-04  Whitehat1963: Hard to believe Capa ever used this opening (opening of the day), but it's the second instance in the database
Dec-03-08
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  playground player: A lot of great masters have resorted to this opening, on occasion--including Bronstein, Spassky, Fischer, Alekhine (to name a few).But us Orang-utan fans are still waiting to see it used in championship play. Hey, it wouldn't have hurt Kramnik to try it out on Anand...
Dec-03-08  piteira8: White's a5 pawn appears to be unstoppable no matter what black does.
Mar-07-11  Antiochus: Arquimedes G Pedroso Jr.
Jan-29-14  Francio: Wow, Capablanca going polish! And wining!
Aug-10-16
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  fredthebear: It's rare that doubled rook pawns win, but it's none other than the genius Capablanca orchestrating the White pieces.

White's last move is a strategically winning discovered check. The backward Black b-pawn is overworked. After the Black king moves out of check, White will exchange the rooks and Black is forced to recapture w/the backward b-pawn onto the c-file where it cannot safely advance. Then White plays 39.Bxa6 to create two passers on the a-file. Black's light-squared bishop cannot defend the a8 promotion square as it is blocked by it's own light-squared pawns on the long diagonal. White is better here.

If 39...Nc4 forking three loose pawns, then 40.BxNc4 dxBc4 is simple elimination and White seems to have the resources to handle the new passer while Black is under tremendous pressure to hurry to defend a8. White must not allow Black to move the light squared pawns off the long diagonal and free the light-squared bishop. A bishops of opposite color endgame is very drawish, especially if the White king is stuck in a passive defensive position as is shaping up here. The proposed 40.BxNc4 needs further analysis as it is not without danger of drawing, especially if Black has the opportunity to push and sacrifice the backward c-pawn from c6-c5, clearing the long diagonal and making it difficult for White pawns to cross light squares without a king escort.

Readers would do well to study the position after 39.Bxa6 Nc4. Perhaps 40.Bb4 Nxe3 41.Bb7 is the lesser of two evils. This e-pawn sacrifice line does appear to be a safer continuance than exchanging BxNc4.

A third Black attempt would involve the blockade of the a-file by the Black knight. There's no convincing path to do this, and the knight would be constantly threatened with removal by the White bishops.

A fourth idea is for Black's light-squared bishop to back-up and take the long way around to target the a8 promotion square. It can be done, but there's not enough time to do so.

The Black king would need at least six moves to get to the a8 square. There's not enough time for this.

I shall go ahead and post my thoughts on these variations, as it is a fairly simple but instructive minor pieces endgame. Of course, the great Capablanca would know and convert effortlessly.

Sep-22-19
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  Stonehenge: <Antiochus: Arquimedes G Pedroso Jr.>

According to newspaper A Noite, 17 August 1927, it was dr. Arnaldo Pedroso.

Sep-22-19  7he5haman: 29...Nc4 looked like a better try to me.

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