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Jose Raul Capablanca vs George Alan Thomas
Living chess exhibition (1929) (exhibition), Ramsgate ENG, Mar-30
Queen's Gambit Declined: Capablanca Variation (D30)  ·  1-0



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  crawfb5: While this game <did> take place at Ramsgate 1929, it is not really the Round 4 game between them as some databases claim. Hooper and Bandreth's <The Unknown Capablanca>, p. 114 identifies this as a "living chess" game on 30 Mar 1929, which is why it is played to mate.
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  TheFocus: Right. The Ramsgate Team game was a 28 move draw (Thomas - Capablanca).
Apr-01-13  ProjectF: i am sorry. But i dont understand why capa didnt play 22.Bxb8
Dec-13-18  fkohn: so after 53. g6 Kf8 holds out for a few moves. Did Capa really miss the #3 after 53. Rh8+ Kf7 54. Kf5 ? or is there a problem with the score?
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  keypusher: <fkohn: so after 53. g6 Kf8 holds out for a few moves. Did Capa really miss the #3 after 53. Rh8+ Kf7 54. Kf5 ? or is there a problem with the score?>

I assume you mean 53...Ke8? (53....Kg8 54.Rc7 is mate in two).

I don't know, but I would assume that yes, Capablanca missed the mate in 3.

1. It's a living pieces game, so there were plenty of spectators and they probably got the score right.

2. 53.g6 Ke8 54.Rh8+ Kd7 55.f7 is a really obvious and simple win, while 53.Rh8+ and 54.Kf5 is a little harder to spot. If it was a normal game, Thomas would have resigned long before, so maybe Capablanca wasn't paying close attention.

3. Capa also missed 22.Bxb8 (again, assuming the score is correct), so maybe he wasn't his sharpest that day. (Or maybe he was trying to keep the game interesting.)

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  keypusher: <fkohn> On second thought, I don't think Capablanca overlooked 22.Bxb8. I think he just wanted to keep the dark-square bishop.
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  maxi: It seems to me you are right, <keypusher>. Capa probably preferred the straight-forward positional squeeze.
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