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Josef Cukierman vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Paris (1938), Paris FRA, rd 2, Jan-??
Indian Game: Yusupov-Rubinstein System (A46)  ·  0-1



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Mar-02-06  capanegra: What an ending! This is the first time I see this game, and from move 40 it looked like a study to me. At first glance, Capa doesn't seem to be very sure how to exploit Black's slight advantage, until he finally decides to march with his King to hunt White's Rook. The position after 73…Bf5 (stalemating the Rook) is charming, but I wonder if Cukierman made a correct defense. I have the hunch that somewhere there was a salvation for White, but it looks very hard to me to find a better continuation. Any comments?
Dec-09-08  sleepyirv: You rarely get to see a king beat up on a rook! Cukierman got squeezed hard in this endgame.
Feb-07-10  visayanbraindoctor: How does one maximize one's winning chances in this endgame?

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Black is a pawn up but has a horrible pawn structure. White has a fortress.

Black's more significant advantage is that he has wide-ranging bishops and is effect a King up. His King can roam the board on the attack, while White's King is imprisoned in his fortress.

So how does Black crack the fortress.?

The answer is he does not!

Instead he attacks White's Rook after systematically increasing the activity of all his pieces to encompass the whole board. Eventually he traps the White rook by repeatedly attacking it with his King!

Dec-26-11  Tigranny: This king walk looks even better than the one Capa had against Tartakower.
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  OhioChessFan: <capanegra> yeah, 5 years ago you posted, but looking at the position after Black's 44...Bg4, 45. Bd5 looks obvious to me. Surely making Black respond to the attack on the f7 Pawn is better than total passiveness. 62. Ra7+ getting the Rook active had to be better. 68. Nf3 to shore up the defense and open up a square for the King wasn't played. 71. Re4+ would have been much better than Rd1+, which is what I think was the losing move. I don't understand why White chose to check along files and not ranks, but that allowed the Black King into the White camp with no cost.
Aug-25-12  CapablancaFan: A 91 move epic struggle by Capablanca! Even with relatively few pieces Capa still manages to own his opponent's rook in the end!
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