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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Isador Samuel Turover
New York (1931), New York, NY USA, rd 10, May-02
Bird Opening: Dutch Variation (A03)  ·  1-0



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Oct-10-07  Sleeping kitten: 61...♖f1! draws and it is the only move, e.g. 62.♔f6 ♔g8! 63.♖a8+ ♔h7 64.♖f8 ♖a1 65.♖d8 ♖f1! and White can't progress. It is an elementary rook endgame and ♖f1 should be the kind of move one plays with hardly thinking. It is incredible to see a player who was strong enough to meet Alekhine and Capa (and even to beat Marshall!) blundering in such a canonical position.
May-15-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Capablanca vs I Turover, 1931.
Your score: 145 (par = 122)


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  Eggman: The position after 61.Kg6:

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Actually, 61...Rf1 is not the only move to draw; there is also 61...Rg1+, since after 62.Kf6 Kg8 63.Ra8+ Kh7 64.Kf7 Black can play 64...Rb1, when he has sufficient checking distance, e.g. 65.f6 Rb7+ 66.Ke6 Rb6+ 67.Ke7 Rb7+ 68.Kd6 Rb6+ 69.Ke7 Rb7+ 70.Kf8 Kg6, etc. Meanwhile if we take the above position and move everything one file to the left, like so:

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... then <Sleeping kitten>'s method (61...Re1!) is the only viable option, since after 61...Rf1+ 62.Ke6 Kf8 63.Ra8+ Kg7 64.Ke7 Rb1 Black lacks sufficient checking distance, and White wins routinely: 65.e6 Rb7+ 66.Kd6 Rb6+ 67.Kd7 Rb7+ 68.Kc6 Rb1 69.e7, etc.

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  Eggman: <<It is incredible to see a player who was strong enough to meet Alekhine and Capa (and even to beat Marshall!) blundering in such a canonical position.>>

Early days. It's not the only time that Capablanca won a rook and pawn vs rook ending against world-class opposition: Capablanca vs Menchik, 1929. And in fact, against Menchik, Capablanca also misplayed the position, throwing away the win before having it handed back to him!

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  Phony Benoni: You can argue that, say, Korchnoi or Averbakh might have played the rook ending a bit better than Turover. But at least he knew the rules of chess about castling!
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  Benzol: <PB> LOL. For those not in the know see the kibitzing on the game Averbakh vs Purdy, 1960


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  GrahamClayton: Capablanca's only tournament game in the database where he played Bird's Opening as White - the other 14 games are either simultaneous games or casual games.
Mar-14-19  JimNorCal: As PB notes, this game is worth playing over just to view Black's 24th move.
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