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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Joaquin Torres Caravaca
Barcelona (1929), Barcelona ESP, rd 11, Oct-06
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation (A31)  ·  1-0



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Feb-08-05  meloncio: Another bad day for uncle Joaquin, but really he played like a patzer. I see three blunders in a row: 4... e5 5... ♗b5+ and 6... ♗xd2+, because allows a terrible hole in d6. After 11.Nd6 the game is over.

It's hard to play a face-to-face game against Capablanca, but you don't need to give him every facility.

Nov-22-05  Neurotic Patzer: I would probably have a nervous breakdown trying to figure out my first move and have fallen to my knees and started to worship him... So I think your uncle did good.
Oct-02-09  Freakio: Not sure if this has been pointed out before, but it seems as though Capa lost only once in the English opening (according to the CG database at least). Has theory really advanced so much as to make top GMs play it comparatively rarely?
Jan-26-14  os2warp: In Golombek's book he gives the move 4...e5 a "?" mark. In studying with the engines it turns out to be a strong equalizing reply. However, it's a very sharp response.
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  Domdaniel: 4...e5 is not a blunder: it's very playable, and has recently been seen again at high levels.

cf Palliser's chapter on this move in 'Dangerous Weapons: Flank Openings'.

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