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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Grigory Ravinsky
Clock simul, 10b (1935) (exhibition), Leningrad RUS, Mar-24
Queen's Indian Defense: Capablanca Variation (E16)  ·  1-0



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Oct-12-05  paladin at large: <> Please include moves 80 through 84. Black resigns after white's 84th move - thanks.
Jan-25-06  RankAndFile: Wow. Capablanca playing Petrosian style chess! Battle lines are LITERALLY drawn in the center of the board in stonewall formation. What follows is some of the finest behind enemy lines movements I have ever seen.Capablanca's position is so solid he has time to walk his king to the other side of the board (very Petrosian)just to guard the queen rook pawn! Ravinsky fails to play actively, Capa forces rooks off the board, and Capa's superior knight begins snaping off pawns left and right. Ravinsky soon turns down his king. He's seen enough.
Jan-25-06  RookFile: Ravinsky played some nice moves, don't forget he moved his king to the queenside too.

Was 51... g5 forced?

Mar-21-06  paladin at large: Capa's knight never tires - making ca. 30 moves in all.

<> Could you please add the final moves, or should I resubmit in some manner ? Thank you.

Apr-21-06  Tariqov: How can Black play 80...Nxd6!!??Black is in check!
Apr-21-06  Calli: <Tariqov> Thank you. Thats why CG could not put in the remaining moves as < paladin at large> requested. The answer is simple; Black played 78...Kg5 not Kg4 and 80.Nxe5 is therefore not check.
May-24-06  paladin at large: Thanks - my entry error on move 78. from Hooper/Brandreth's descriptive notation. <> Would appreciate correction of black's move 78. and addition of final moves.
May-24-06  Whitehat1963: Talk about a closed game!
May-24-06  who: Strange that Capa doesn't play the simple 57.Nb5! winning the pawn on d6 immediately.
May-24-06  Calli: Not all that strange considering the circumstances. This was a "clock simul" as noted in the event tag. Capablanca took on 10 category "A" Soviet players (master candidates). All players had to make 40 moves in 2½ hours. In other words, Capa had to make 10 x 40 or 400 moves in 2½ hrs!! I imagine he was moving pretty fast.
May-24-06  who: Fair point.
May-24-06  Calli: It figures out to 22.5 seconds per move. Of course, by move 57, some games had finished. Capablanca might have employed time gaining moves in some games like this one in order to look at more critical positions in others. The exhibition was very famous in Russia; they were so amazed that anyone could play against such strength. Capablanca still wound up on the minus side with 3 wins 4 losses and 3 draws.
May-25-06  paladin at large: <Calli> Thanks for the perspective on the match. Ravinsky was no slouch - he later beat Kotov and Smyslov.
May-25-06  Calli: Unfortunately, I've only seen two or three of the games. Surely, they must have recorded them all.
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  Benzol: It would appear that only the above game, one against V A Vasiliev and one against A K Tolush are the only ones that have come to light. The Vasiliev and Tolush games aren't in the database.
May-25-06  Calli: <Benzol> Yes, I think thats it. Perhaps no one has thoroughly searched Russian sources since the fall of the Soviets. The main books like "Unknown Capablanca" and E. Winter's "Compendium..." were researched before 1991.
May-26-06  paladin at large: <Calli> Are you familiar with "Capablanca v Rossii" and do you know which portion of Capa's Russian experience it covers?
May-26-06  Calli: I've heard of the book, but am not familiar with it. Here is a blurb

Some promise here of "original publications of the Cuban chess player in the Soviet literature". The publication date of 1988 however doesn't guarantee that all archives were available.

Feb-17-07  Billy Ray Valentine: Nice game... and amazing to see a game where the first pawn capture is on move 52!
Jan-09-16  TheFocus: From a simultaneous clock exhibition in Leningrad, Russia on March 24, 1935.

Capablanca scored +3=3-4.

Source is <Unknown Capablanca> by Hooper and Brandreth.

Nov-19-20  LoveThatJoker: This game is featured in Roman Dzindzichashvili's DVD, "Step-By-Step Manoeuvring in Closed Positions". This is Roman's Lab Volume 20.


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