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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Guillermo Vassaux
Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-4 (1939), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 2, Aug-26
Semi-Slav Defense: Semi-Meran Variation (D47)  ·  1-0



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Oct-07-08  johnlspouge: Toga II 1.3.1 says 26...Qe7 would led to an even position. In retrospect, 26...Nxg5 looks as though Black is trying to help White to mate.
Oct-07-08  Marmot PFL: Black really played it out to mate?
Oct-07-08  Ladolcevita: Hey,Marmot,your icon is cute
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  sleepyirv: Heh, keep your pawns close to the king.
A rather easy mate in three.
Oct-07-08  YetAnotherAmateur: <WhiteStar>: I'm no expert, but I believe 17. a4 was meant to stop any exploiting of b5 by black.
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  beenthere240: 27. Qh7#! wins on the spot -- the flying lady ploy.
Oct-07-08  JG27Pyth: 27...Qe7 is more interesting than 27...Ne4? IMO. I think it holds on a bit longer.
Oct-07-08  JG27Pyth: JohnLspouge: <Toga II 1.3.1 says 26...Qe7 would led to an even position. In retrospect, 26...Nxg5 looks as though Black is trying to help White to mate.>

I swear you hadn't posted this yet when I mentioned Qe7.

Oct-07-08  johnlspouge: < <JG27Pyth> wrote: JohnLspouge: <Toga II 1.3.1 says 26...Qe7 [snip] > I swear you hadn't posted this yet when I mentioned Qe7.>

Have another cup of coffee, <JG27Pyth>. You'll feel better soon :)

Oct-07-08  Zzyw: Main characteristic of position: Black's weak kingside. First candidate move: RxP+, which leads to a simple forced mate. Little easy for a tuesday, I can usually not solve those at first glance.
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  playground player: Oh, boy! I played those last couple of moves just like Capablanca!
Oct-07-08  Woody Wood Pusher: It's a pity there wasn't tougher opposition around in Capa's time (or should that be tougher willing opposition eh' Alekhine you runner-roo!), he really chewed this guy up.
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  kevin86: A very easy mate in three beginning with a rook sacrifice;pretty easy for Tuesday-or ARE there two Mondays this week? lol
Oct-07-08  A.G. Argent: <An Englishman>< If you're going to let your opponent build up an overwhelming position like this, at least force him or her to sacrifice something to get here.> Of course that's true but with Capa's position after 21.Rh3, solidifying beginnings of a full blown assault right down the throat of this Vassaux fella's King, maybe the guy got a bit rattled. I mean, look at his record, incomplete or not. Hardly a stellar one, so he mighta known he was more than a bit out of his league and what you might call toast. By '39, Capablanca's reputation must have been extremely imposing for someone like this guy. I mean, as Reti said, chess was the Cuban's mother tongue.
Oct-07-08  Simonkaser: Easy... got it in ... 5,19 seconds !!
Oct-07-08  DrWeevil: Wow.. 2 out of 2 so far... I've usually slipped up already by now! Could be a good week....
Oct-07-08  Zenoglio: I got the entire mating net in a minute or so. Good old Capablanca never lets us down with those beautiful mating nets.
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  patzer2: For today's Tuesday puzzle, White has mate-in-three starting with 28. Rxh7+!
Oct-07-08  DarthStapler: Got it easily
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  Bishoprick: Thought that chess "problems," were not supposed to start with a check. . .
Oct-07-08  Kaspablanca: was this the last Capa game?
Oct-07-08  johnlspouge: Hi, <A.G. Argent>. I agree. If I had been Vassaux, I would have headed off to the pub to enjoy myself rather than waste Capa's time. You have to admire Vassaux's gumption.

Just look at the poor guy's record. He manages one recorded draw, against Ernesto Rotunno. It then takes a really determined search through Rotunno's record to find a win against <anyone>.

Oct-07-08  johnlspouge: < <Kaspablanca> wrote: was this the last Capa game?>

In the record, Capablanca's last recorded game was a simultaneous game against one J Corzo, who is best remembered as the Cuban champion the young prodigy Capablanca beat, and in Capablanca's record, the second opponent after his younger brother, E Corzo.

Truly, as TS Eliot said:

"The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."

Oct-07-08  Rodrigo Gutierrez: Yeah, this really was more of a Monday puzzle :)
Feb-26-11  Ulhumbrus: The move 18 g4 will serve to open the a2-g8 diagonal for White's King's Bishop by the exchange 22 gxf5 exf5, after which White's King's Bishop will assist the attack by controlling the f7 and g8 squares around Black's King and depriving Black's King of the use of those squares as flight squares.
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