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Moshe Czerniak vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-4 (1939), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 1, Aug-24
Indian Game: General (A45)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Moshe Czerniak vs Jose Raul Capablanca (1939)

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Jun-27-06  offramp: Some wonderful soul has submitted a picture to this game. Capablanca, who was on good form in this event, looks happy. A young looking Czerniak looks quite big. Réti had cloned himself 5 times and all the Rétis look on in the background.

It's actually a bit like a deleted scene from The Matrix.

This is an extremely good game. It is a bit too complicated in the middlegame for me to comprehend, but Fritz reckons that 20...Qb6 might have been better, and that 24...Nef3+

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might have won.

Jun-27-06  CapablancaFan: Wow, what a middlegame. So loaded with tricks and tactics it would take me some time to actually give a credible analysis of everything that's going on. Moshe Czerniak was lucky to get away with a draw here. Nice photo btw.
Jun-27-06  RookFile: Queen + Knight is very powerful, Capa had to be careful he didn't actually lose this.
Jun-27-06  paladin at large: <offramp> Thanks for bringing this to our attention; very nice picture, too.

Capablanca was evidently feeling rather well at the Olympiad, judging by his excellent result and voluble commentary for the print media. Regarding this opening game, he provided the following for the Argentine newspaper, Crítica (from Winter):

"I was fairly satisfied with my own performance. It was an interesting game in which, immediately after the opening, I obtained an advantage which I was able to maintain until the end and which should have been decisive. My friends and many aficionados will no doubt have thought that I should have won, and they are probably absolutely right. But what was important for me ws to satisfy myself about my strength not only as regards strategy and general positional judgment but also the ability to see and examine in depth possible combinations. In these respects I was reasonably satisfied. Perhaps I was weak from the technical point of view, as has started to be the case for some time.........."

Jun-27-06  Runemaster: <offramp: Réti had cloned himself 5 times and all the Rétis look on in the background. It's actually a bit like a deleted scene from The Matrix.>

LOL. Reti did end up a bit on the cutting-room floor of chess history. But it looks like Art Garfunkel slipped into the picture on Capablanca's right.

Aug-06-07  notyetagm: <offramp: ... Réti had cloned himself 5 times and all the Rétis look on in the background.

It's actually a bit like a deleted scene from The Matrix.>


Funniest comment I have ever read here at

Sep-14-07  offramp: Thanks, notyetagm! I try to do my best!
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  whiteshark: A few day later (in the Finals) they played again: Capablanca vs Czerniak, 1939
Mar-07-13  Garech: What a game indeed!


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  Check It Out: Where's the photo everyone is talking about?
Feb-03-19  jith1207: I can see the photo.

But I also see ghosts sometimes.

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  Check It Out: Hm. I'm on a cel phone, maybe that's the issue. Checking a computer...
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  Check It Out: That is the issue! Why doesn't that great photo show on a cel phone?
Feb-04-19  rogge: I can see the photo on my Android phone. If you have some kind of ad-blocker installed, photos can be blocked too.

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