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John Stuart Morrison vs Jose Raul Capablanca
New York (1918), New York, NY USA, rd 10, Nov-03
Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense (C62)  ·  0-1



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  GrahamClayton: Seeing that his dark-squared bishop is about to be shut out of the game, Morrison offers to sacrifice it with 20. ♔b1, hoping for 20...fxg3 21. ♘xg5 with the possibility of some play against Capablanca's exposed King. The Cuban nips this in the bud with 20...♘e5, and White effectively is playing with a piece less after 21. ♘xe5 ♖xe5 22. ♗h2, for the majority of the game.
Mar-16-15  capafischer1: Great tactical play by Capablanca
Nov-15-18  DrGridlock: Capablanca believed that his position was won after White's move 20, "Since he would have to retire his bishop to h2 sooner or later, he might have done it immediately. It is doubtful, however, if at this stage of the game it would be possible for White to save the game." Additionally, after White's move 26, Capablanca writes, "Nb4 was the alternative, but in any event White could not resist the attack. I leave it to the reader to work this out for himself, as the variations are so numerous that they would take up too much space."

Capablanca overlooks here that 26 f3 saves the game for White. In one variation:

26 f3 Ra4
27 Qc2 b5
28 b3 Bxd5
29 bxa4 Bxf3
30 fxg5 Bxd1
31 Rxd1

and Black's attack has been beaten off!

John Stuart Morrison - Jose Raul Capablanca

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