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Karel Opocensky vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Buenos Aires Olympiad fin-A (1939), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 8, Sep-09
Queen's Indian Defense: Capablanca Variation (E16)  ·  0-1



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Aug-05-05  paladin at large: Capablanca steadily takes control and with 18.....Qb4 typically offers an exchange of queens, being a pawn up, having his king in the center and with his rooks poised to control either open file. Plus a pawn mass in the center.

Capablanca had a tremendous record with the Queen's Indian; I am surprised that this late in his career that anyone would steer him into it.

Aug-05-05  RookFile: I think Capa's opponent could have safely resigned a lot sooner than he did, as well.
Aug-05-05  Veryrusty: Lots of games are resigned between moves 40 and 45. Time control.
Aug-05-05  RookFile: That might be the explanation. ( In games where Lasker played, the time control was at move 30. Don't know when it got changed to move 40, and whether this game of Capa's was 40 in 2.5 hours. )
May-16-07  micartouse: White could have played 30. Rg4+ Kh8 31. Ng2 to save the piece, but then the central pawn mass would have quickly finished him.

A quick run through Fritz suggests White could have gotten away with 22. Rxd4 though.

May-29-11  hibolife: After …c5, 7.0-0,..cxd black has equalized. To maintain initiative, White must play 7.a3 or 7. dxc – because then black must eventually give up his all-important Bishop for the knight.
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  offramp: Black plays the standard 7...cxd4. His opponent should have played 8.Nb3 so as to regain the pawn immediately. When he does not do so Capablanca decides to have some jolly by making evolutions designed to keep that ♙d4.

He makes a small error; 10...Qc7 should lose a tempo. White should respond with 11.Bf4 which would force 11...Qc8 - the move that should have been played in the first place.

But white plays a very bad move: 11.Bxf6. What does that achieve? Eh?

After 13...Bxc5

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Here is an unusual episode: after 18.b3 ...

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...Capablanca played 18...Qb4. Why did white not now take the a-pawn? Alekhine, in Game Collection: "107 Great Chess Battles: 1939-1945" by Alekhine, writes, <And not 19.Qxa7 Nc6 20.Qc7 Ke7 21.Nh4 Ke6 etc, winning.> Who? Here is that analysis position after 21...Ke6:

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Is that won for white? It looks like the white queen is trapped (23...Rhc8) but 22.Nf5!! might just about save the day.

After 29...fxe4 white is in a bit of a tangle, owing to the pawns.

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LOL! He loses a piece soon after.

A few errors but this was a game with many non-standard positions.

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  offramp: <micartouse: ...A quick run through Fritz suggests White could have gotten away with 22. Rxd4 though.>

Very well spotted. Black has just played 21...♙c5xd4:

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Perhaps he should have castled. White could now have played 22.♖d1xd4 :

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What struck me was the slight similarity to Capablanca vs Lasker, 1921, which was game 5 in the Lasker-Capablanca World Championship Match (1921).

White has just played 24.♔f1-g1.

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Black played 24...♙c5xd4.

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...And Capablanca now played the very clever 25. ♖c1-c4! <The move with which I counted upon to check Black’s attack.>

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I don't quite know why but it's one of my favourite moves!

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  offramp: Strange how these things come along like London buses; nothing for ages then two come along at once.

In that same Alekhine/Winter book I mentioned earlier, I was looking at Kashdan vs Reshevsky, 1942.

White has just played 18.♕e2x♗d3.

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Alekhine says that Sammy should now have played 18...Qxe4.

Instead he played 18...fxe4.

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There seems to be only one response to that, which Kashdan plays: 19.Qd5+. Black responds with 19...Kh8 and now -

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And now black is in real trouble. Alekhine thinks Reshevsky could have defended better after move 20 - but that's a horse of a different colour which belongs at Kashdan vs Reshevsky, 1942.

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  GrahamClayton: Unusual to see doubled pawns on adjacent files.
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