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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Richard Reti
Exhibition game (1914) (exhibition), Vienna AUH, rd 2, Mar-15
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio de Janeiro Variation (C67)  ·  1-0



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Jul-15-07  Fast Gun: This game appears in The Unknown Capablanca, by Hooper and Brandreth (Batsford Books 1974) This was probably the first encounter between these two players: The book criticises Reti's 24th move a6 and suggested a5 instead, because after Capablanca's next move 25.b4! he had the makings of a 2-1 queenside pawn majority in the endgame: Also Move 31 Kf8? is given as an error
and recommend the following line as being sufficient for a draw 31.b6 Rb4!
32.f3 Bd5
33.Rc8+ Kh7
It is instructive to see just exactly how Capablanca is able to win this ending with little material on the board, and finally at the end of the game 50.Kf2 1-O
If d5
51.Ra5+ wins, but not

50.Kf2 d5
51.Rxd4? Rxd4
52.Bxd4 g4!
With a draw

Sep-27-09  pericles of athens: i can't believe anyone would attempt to play the ruy lopez as black against capablanca. seems like the french or the sicilian would have better luck. who knows tho.
Sep-29-09  pericles of athens: i know capablanca was young in this match but i'm not sure about reti. either way, reti's 15th move is puzzling (when he takes the pawn with his bishop). If he takes the pawn with his queen bishop pawn, then he undoubles his bishopfile pawns and evens things up a bit, right? or am i missing something? i don't understand it at all.
Sep-29-09  maxi: Hi, Pericles. After 15...cxd6 follows 16.♗xc5 and Black is thoroughly screwed.
Sep-30-09  Calli: "am i missing something?"

Yes, try it out on the board, play 15...cxd6. What will White play ?

Hint: White can win a pawn after cxd

Mar-11-11  Bryan14: Why not 25.BXC5 ?
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  Sastre: <Bryan14: Why not 25.BXC5 ?> 25...Bc2 26.Rf1 dxc5 .
Mar-11-11  BobCrisp: <Why not 25.Bxc5 ?> 25...Bc2 wins. White has a back rank weakness of his own.
Oct-25-14  Albion 1959: This game should have (but did not) featured in Capablanca's Best Chess Endings.(Oxford 1978)One of many good wins achieved by Capablanca that rarely ever get to see the light of day!!
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  mifralu: Allgemeine Sport-Zeitung, March 29, 1914, p.207:

<9. Nc3 O-O 10. Re1 Nc5 11. Nd4 Ne6> and Black resigned after <48. Kxg3>

Apr-26-18  Retireborn: <mifralu> Very interesting - are those Schlechter's annotations? I wonder if there's a record of him witnessing the game.

The present score/move order derives from Capa himself (in Capablanca-magazine according Winter's book.) That's not to say he remembered it correctly, but awkward to argue with the man himself.

I do not understand why this game has been labelled rd 2 by the way.

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  mifralu: Photo Capablanca - RĂ©ti

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  Penguincw: Ah, one of those rare games with 2 en passant. (15.exd6, 47...fxg3)
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Penguin,

Some more here:

Game Collection: Two or More En-Passant Captures

and there is...

1. a4 Nf6 2. a5 b5 3. axb6 Ng8 4. b4 Nf6 5. b5 a5 6. bxa6 Ng8 7. c4 Nf6 8. c5 d5 9. cxd6 Ng8 10. d4 Nf6 11. d5 c5 12. dxc6 Ng8 13. e4 Ra7 14. e5 f5 15. exf6 Ra8 16. f4 Ra7 17. f5 e5 18. fxe6 Ra8 19. g4 Ra7 20. g5 h5 21. gxh6 Ra8 22. h3 Ra7 23. h4 Ra8 24. h5 g5 25. hxg6

Giving us this position after 8 en passant captures.

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(there should be a page where we can post odd games like this.)

White is threatening mate in one, but it is Black's move.

So from here you have to find the Help Mate in 4.

(Black goes first and helps White to mate him on White's 4th move. )


You are not allowed to move any of those pawns, nor is Black allowed to take any.

Apart from that they are normal pawns (they still attack the 7th.) So the King cannot move. Two solutions.

Clue: The g1 Knight can get to g7 in four moves.


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  Penguincw: <Sally Simpson: Some more here:

Game Collection: Two or More En-Passant Captures >

Thanks for those, but you know, it's more fun to search them yourself. :)


< White is threatening mate in one, but it is Black's move.

So from here you have to find the Help Mate in 4. >

Given your clue, I'm guessing the solution is something along the lines of 1...Nd7 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.Nd4 Nf8 4.Nf5 Bb7 5.Nxg7# 1-0.


< (there should be a page where we can post odd games like this.) >


Anyway, I remember coming across a puzzle something like this, many years ago.

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Mate in 3. Could never figure it out.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Penguin,

Your solution makes it three solutions. (but I forgot to add White does not make any captures...but your idea is sound. The f8 Bishop goes to e7 and b8 Knight hops to f8 then Black plays Ra7.)

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25... Rh7 26. Nh3 Be7 27. Nf4 Rf7 28. Nh5 Rf8 29. Ng7

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Black also get the a8 Rook to f8.

Your problem reminds me of a Lord Dunsany problem but I think the King is on h4.

This position.

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If you have a computer run it over this and see how it evaluates it. Be interesting to see what one of these super-duper thinks. AylerKupp may be able to help.

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