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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Juan Corzo
Clock simul, 3b (1913) (exhibition), Havana CUB, rd 1, Sep-07
Spanish Game: Open. Berlin Variation (C82)  ·  1-0



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May-24-05  Whitehat1963: Capa makes this look like child's play from 24. Bxg6 onward, but how many of us would have the guts to play that move? Yet I'm sure he saw it long before then. Flawless!
Jan-26-07  TylerD: whitehat: you ll hate me for saying this but Bxg6 would be the first move I d look at in that position - and I would definitely go for it. It is a typical move of mine, so to speak. On the other hand; the move 11 b4 is one of Capa s moves that I would not have thought of. I guess we all have our strenghts and weaknesses. In certain "themes" of the game we can perform (relatively) much stronger than in others. Mastery is to get it all together, I guess.

Personally, when following a live game or analysing some old stuff, I am most often lost in the discussions on the opening play. My knowledge is way too limited, and it stays that way since I can not find the right kind of focus and patience... In the middlegame my strenghts increases though. When I play, if I am not totally lost in the opening I often have my best moments in the middle game, while there are still lots of play and pieces on the board... Then comes the endgame... which for me is a question of mood. Sometimes I am able to play this phase strongly - sometimes so strong that I start thinking of this as my play┬┤s primary asset - but I ll be the first to admit that almost as often I once again, as in the opening, lack the patience and understanding needed to convetr a winning advantage or defend a hard-but-maybe-savable-position.

Well, there you go, all you did not want to know about my own personal play... But, well, you asked...

Feb-13-11  barrientesroberto: I'm a novice player and just wanted to know if someone could explain to me, in simpliest form, what is Capablanca's strategy for Bb5?
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  paulalbert: Bb5 constitutes the Ruy Lopez Opening, also called the Spanish Game. A good simple explanation of the basic ideas can be found on Wikipedia at In very simplistic terms Bb5 in accordance with basic opening principles develops a piece, opens the way to castling, and puts longer term indirect pressure on the black e5 pawn by attacking a piece that protects it ( but not an immediate threat as the article points out ). Viable responses by black are numerous in addition to what was played in this game, as also discussed in the Wikipedia article.
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  paulalbert: Sorry, my misspelling in link. Should be

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