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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Lord Dunsany
Simul, 21b (1929) (exhibition), Selfridges, London ENG, Apr-12
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Caro Variation (C70)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  playground player: Lord Dunsany was not exactly chopped liver: after all, he was once champion of Ireland. For a unique blend of weird fiction and chess, see his short story, "The Three Sailors Gambit."
Feb-28-08  Tomlinsky: Lord Dunsany upon Capablanca's death...

Now rests a mind as keen,
A vision bright and clear
As any that has been
And who is it lies here?

One that, erstwhile, no less
Than Hindenburg could plan,
But played his game of chess
And did no harm to man.

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  pawn to QB4: that's rather nice. Of course, I guess that if Hindenburg or anyone else in WW1 had really possessed Capablanca's planning abilities, it'd have been over a bit quicker! There's also a hint in the poem that the general's a famous man and the reader may not have heard of the chess player; I think if Dunsany were around nowadays he might like the idea that Hindenburg's fading into the history books, while the relatively obscure Capablanca remains a treasured household name to our international family. A bit like Mozart and - what was the name of the emperor?
Feb-28-08  Jim Bartle: "I guess that if Hindenburg or anyone else in WW1 had really possessed Capablanca's planning abilities, it'd have been over a bit quicker!"

That makes me wonder what it would be like if kibitzers argued about military commanders the way we argue about the style of different chessplayers.

"The Germans in WWI, how boring, no imagination. Now Napoleon, MacArthur, Rommel, there are some dynamic campaigners!"

Feb-28-08  paladin at large: It is a fine poem. I agree that Dunsany could be pleased but, Capablanca was not obscure in his time - he was the most famous Cuban before Castro and the most famous chess player before Fischer.

Trench warfare and the machine gun wiped out a lot of imagination and dynamism in WW I. Like an endless blockade game, except all the pieces and pawns get killed.

Feb-29-08  Jim Bartle: "Like an endless blockade game, except all the pieces and pawns get killed."

See: "Paths of Glory," "All Quiet on the Western Front."

Dec-18-08  Crowaholic: Seems like the difficulty of the clues for the holiday present hunt is HIGHLY variable. This one could be solved by a single Google search... (the clue was "The Sailors' Gambit")
Dec-17-12  goldfarbdj: And this one four years later could likewise be solved with a single search -- I searched on "32 pawns".
Oct-21-20  Brenin: The 18th Baron of Dunsany was national champion, not only at chess but also at pistol-shooting, probably a fairly unique combination.

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