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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Philip Stuart Milner-Barry
Margate (1936), Margate ENG, rd 1, Apr-15
English Opening: King's English Variation. Closed System (A25)  ·  1-0



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Apr-27-05  zb2cr: In the final position, Black obviously can't play 36 ... Ke8 or 36 ... Kd8, since Capa takes his Rg8 with check then.

Likewise, 36 ... Kd7; 37 Qf7+, Ne7; 38 Qxe7#.

That leaves 36 ... Kf6; 37 Qe5+, Kf7; 38 hxg6+, Kxg6; 39 Qe6+. Now, three variations:

a. 39 ... Kh5?; 40 Qxf5+, Rg5; 41 fxg5, hxg5. White's up by a Rook and a Bishop.

b. 39 ... Kg7; 40 Qxf5 with a hard-to-defend threat of Be5+.

c. 39 ... Kh7; 40 Qxf5+, Rg6 (if 40 ... Kh8; 41 Be5+ leaves White a Rook up); 41 Re1 (threatening Re7+), Rg8; 42 b5! Now the Black Queen's only 2 flight squares are f3 and c8. But that puts her so far out of the action that White wins through easily: 42 ... Qf3; 43 Re7+, Rg7; 44 Rxg7+, Kxg7; 45 Be5+ and Black gets mated shortly. As for 42 ... Qc8; 43 Re7+, Kh8; 44 Be5+, R6g7; 45 Qxc8, Rxc8; 46 Rxg7 leaves White a Rook & a Bishop up.

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  Mateo: 27. c5! Nd7 28. Qb3 wins. 28... Kf8 29. Be3 Ng8 30. ef gf 31. Qe6 . 28... Ke8 29. ef gf 30. Re1 d5 31. Qe3 .
Nov-30-07  notyetagm: Game Collection: Remove the foundation

Capablanca vs Milner-Barry, 1936

Position after 31 c4-c5!:

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Here the great Capablanca (White) undermines -both- the Black e5- and f5-knights by <REMOVING THEIR FOUNDATIONS>, the Black d6- and g6-pawns, with 30 h4-h5! and 31 c4-c5!.

May-25-08  ToTheDeath: Great game by Capablance. I particularly like the aggressive, almost Botvinnik like thrust 6.h4!, taking advantage of Black's passive knight placement, the logical positional play to get the two bishops and open the position, the undermining of the knight's outposts with the dagger-like jabs h5! and c5!, and then the final combination against the Black king, helpless against the open lines of White's marauding pieces.

An underrated gem.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Mateo> is right: the immediate undermining move 27.c5 is even stronger than Capa's choice, which is saying a lot.

I don't know what position <zb2cr> had, but 36 ... ♔d7; 37 ♕f7+ just pouts the ♕ en prise. ♗ut on 36... ♔d7, White can just exchange ♕s then take the ♖, going the exchange and two ♙s ahead, or retreat with 37.♕d3 and keep up the massive pressure.

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