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Albert Whiting Fox vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Manhattan CC - Columbia m (1906), Manhattan CC, New York, NY USA, rd 1, Nov-10
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  0-1

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May-14-05  talchess2003: Capablanca has such flawless technique...
May-14-05  THE pawn: I agree.
Dec-06-05  Madinina Killer: this is a demolition
Dec-06-05  CapablancaFan: The final position with those 3 pawns makes even me cringe.
Jul-16-06  satsuma: This is a beautiful game , fox doesn't seem to make any obvious mistakes , but he goes along with capa's plan with no argument. capa talks about this game in his book and i think he is proud of his move , 18..f6! also the plan of enticing the f pawn forward by placing the knight on e5 to create a weakness is a lovely idea.
Jul-16-06  MarvinTsai: I don't like 28..Nf4, 29..Qb6, and 32..Qa6. I think they are all very passive. Fewer moves to victory is always better!
Jul-16-06  MarvinTsai: I admit I don't like Capablanca's go-for-an-endgame style.
Jul-16-06  CapablancaFan: <MarvinTsai>< I admit I don't like Capablanca's go-for-an-endgame style.> Yeah, I realize this style of chess dosen't suit everybody's taste, but that was Capa's strong point...the endgame. Many games you will notice Capa quickly trading off pieces to reach a favorable ending. (Capa studied the endgame first when he was learning to play.) But Capa also has a hefty amount of middlegame masterpieces too, showing he can be versitile when he needed to be.
Jul-16-06  euripides: <I don't like 28..Nf4, 29..Qb6, and 32..Qa6. I think they are all very passive. Fewer moves to victory is always better!> The queen exchange here destroys White's blockade and is surely the quickest way to win.
Apr-28-08  mate2900s: marvin how can you not like a man that plays into his strength?
May-06-08  ToTheDeath: This is a beautiful game. Black's position after 14...Rad8 is a a compressed coil, and when it springs with ...d5, look out!
May-06-08  RookFile: Capablanca's games seem so logical, straightforward, and easy to play.... until you try to find the moves yourself.
May-06-08  arsen387: Fascinating game by Capablanca. Notice that whites cannot escape from the pawn fork on move 27 with (obvious) 27.Bc1 attacking the black Q because of 27..e3 28.Bxb2 exf2 29.Rf1 Re1 and winning.
Jul-06-08  blacksburg: <I don't like 28..Nf4, 29..Qb6, and 32..Qa6. I think they are all very passive. Fewer moves to victory is always better!>

28...Nf4 isn't really passive. black's knight is hanging, and ...exd2 isn't possible, as the pawn is pinned. 28...Nf4 removes the knight from danger, and threatens the piece that is pinning the e-pawn.

29...Qb6 is not passive, as white is now under a double threat. the queen is under attack, and the e2 rook is still trapped and hanging.

32...Qa6 is not passive, as it forces the exchange of white's only active piece, the queen on c4. white's other pieces, the Bc1 and Re2, have practically zero mobility, and after the queen exchange, have little hope of stopping the pawn phalanx in the center.

these moves clear the way for black's central pawn advance.

kingside attacks aren't the only active plans. in fact, it would have been a big mistake for capa to disregard the central action to try a kingside attack, which simply wasn't in the position.

this game is a great example of nimzo's idea of allowing the formation of an enemy pawn center, undermining it, and then taking the center yourself. after 12.f4, white would seem to have a dominant central position at first glance. but capa undermines it with 15...d5 and 18...f6, and in the final position, capa has long since completely taken over the center of the board. of course, capa didn't need nimzo to tell him how to do all of this.

Jul-22-10  sevenseaman: The end game, Capablanca's strong point, is like putting in golf. One could scatter all the hard work there. I admire Masters for their vision and simplicity of approach to the objective. Chess is not an easy game but some of the masters make it look like watching a classic movie's plot unfold right in front of your eyes. Its a pleasure merely anticipating their next move.

Having seen their games and playing styles and the pleasure I got out of studying them, my all time favorites line up like this.

1. Paul Morphy
2. Capablanca
3. Tal
4. Alekhine
5. Lasker
6. Kasparov
7. Fischer
8. Anand
9. Kramnik
10. Botvimmik

Any anomalies in the hierarchy have to be on account of me not having seen their games. I am not too sure but Tal and Alekhine could interchange places. So could Morphy and Capablanca.

Dec-08-10
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  GrahamClayton: "This game marks the beginning of Capablanca's adult career, and already his mature style can be seen: fast development, a little combination which brings clear advantage, clear-cut endgame technique, and generally sound play."

David Hooper and Dale Brandreth, "The Unknown Capablanca", BT Batsford Books, London, 1975, p. 32.

Feb-10-14
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  yiotta: <sevenseaman> I generally agree with "all time" lists,and yours is excellent; of course sometimes I would like to squeeze in a Rubinstein or a Carlsen or a Bronstein, but who has room? However. the one deserving player who is most often neglected is Tigran Petrosian, one of the game's most original minds. The ultimate pragmatist, sometimes his king will walk all over the board during a raging middlegame, sometimes all of his pieces wind up on the back rank again; truly he was a great player.
Feb-10-14  RookFile: The list is fine, because it's his list of favorites, with playing style included. If you were to line everybody up in their primes, you have to put somebody like Karpov in there, for example, whether you like his style or not. For about 10 years, he won just about everything that you could win.
Feb-10-14
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  yiotta: <RookFile> Of course Karpov is an all time great, I didn't notice he wasn't included. Well, I guess one's appreciation of playing style determines who makes the cut.
Jun-09-15  TheFocus: This game is from the Manhattan Chess Club vs. Columbia University team match played on November 10, 1906.

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