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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Juan Corzo
Havana casual (1901), Havana CUB, rd 2, Oct-07
Scotch Game: General (C45)  ·  0-1



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Apr-22-05  bumpmobile: I think Corzo played the kingside pawn storm very well in this game. It is too bad he will go down in history as the guy who lost to Capablanca.
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  keypusher: Well, if he hadn't gone down in history as the guy who lost to Capablanca, he wouldn't have gone down in history at all.
Sep-07-05  Tartalacreme: He did not played it well at all. White could win with 29.Nxh5+ as pointed out by big Redge.
Sep-07-05  Calli: Don't know who big redge is, but I don't see anything after 29.Nxh5+?? Kxe5 30.Nxg4+ Kd4
Sep-08-05  RookFile: Everybody lost to Capablanca.
Jun-22-06  blitz920: capablanca make a blunder at 52nd move. 52. Rxh4 wins
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  Pawn and Two: <blitz920> Capablanca did not miss a win at move 52. If 52.Rxh4, then 52...Rh1+ and White can soon resign.
Sep-24-06  CapablancaFan: <Pawn and Two> Correct. 52.Rxh4? just shortens the end of the game by a few moves 52.Rxh4 ...Rh1+! 53.Ke2...g2! and it's all over.
Mar-04-07  CapablancaFan: Jose Raul Capablanca vs Juan Corzo
Havana casual 1901 ยท Scotch Game: General.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 < I'm actually not surprised Corzo went with the Scotch. Capa was well versed with the Ruy Lopez (His main opening at the time this game was played) and it only made sense to keep the young Master honest with a lesser used opening.> 3...exd4 4.Nxd4 d6 5.Be3 Nc6 6.Nc3 Bd7 7.f3 Be7 8.Bd3 Ne5 9.Nde2 <Anticipating 9...c5.> 9...c5 10.b3 < 10...c4 was being threatening.> 10...O-O 11.O-O Bc6 12.Nf4 Re8 13.Qd2 Kh8< Corzo already anticipating pushing the g pawn at some point.> 14.Rae1 Qa5 <This queen sortie is a challenge to Cap to take queens off.> 15.Nce2 <Capa takes up the challenge.> 15...Qxd2 <Obviously...Qxa2 loses the queen.> 16.Bxd2 g5 17.Nh3 Nxd3 18.cxd3 h6 19.f4 g4! < This is actually a good move.> 20.Nf2 h5 21.Bc3 Kh7 22.Ng3 Kg6 23.f5+ Kh6 24.Bd2+ Kg7 25.Bg5 Rh8 26.e5 dxe5 27.Rxe5 Bd6 28.Bxf6+ Kxf6 29.Re3 Be5 30.Kh1 Bd4 31.Re2 Bxf2 32.Rfxf2 h4! 33.Ne4+ Bxe4 34.dxe4 Rhe8 35. h3 g3 36.Rf4 Rad8 <Threatening mate in 2.> 37.Re1 Kg5 38.Rg4+ Kh5 39.Kg1<Without this move the rook cannot leave the defence of the back rank.> 39...Rd2 40.a4 Rb2 41.Kf1 <Capa is in real trouble. As mentioned before, the rook cannot leave the back rank and the king cannot easily escape it's prison. Corzo can take the b3 pawn anytime he want, but he has a better move in mind.> 41...Rf2+! 42.Kg1 Rxf5 43.Rf1 Rxf1+ 44.Kxf1 f5! 45.exf5 Rf8 46.Rg7 Rxf5+ 47.Ke1 Rf2!<Cap could have resigned here.> 48.Rxb7 Rxg2 49.Rh7+ Kg5 50.Rg7+ Kf6 51.Rg4 Rh2 52.Kf1 Rxh3 53.Kg2 Rh2+ 54.Kg1 Ke5 55.b4 Kf5 56.Rc4 cxb4 57.Rxb4 Kg5 58.Rb5+ Kg4 59.Rb4+ Kh3 60.Rb3 Ra2. 0-1

This was a good game by Corzo. The 2 pawns on the g and h files were the stars of the show and the young Capa simply could not find an effective way to deal with them. Capa does get his revenge by defeating Corzo in the Cuban Chess Championship, but it was Corzo on top this day.

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  MissScarlett: <I don't see anything after 29.Nxh5+?? Kxe5 30.Nxg4+ Kd4>

You can't take your own pieces.

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