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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Walter Allnutt
"A Tough Nutt to to Crack" (game of the day Apr-30-2014)
Simul, 28b (1911) (exhibition), City of London CC, London ENG, Nov-15
Owen Defense: General (B00)  ·  1-0

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Sep-20-11  Cemoblanca: 7.e5!

8...e6?! [Better was 8...d6!? 9.Qe2 0-0 10.0-0-0 Nb4, etc.]

9.Qd2 [9.0-0!? 0-0 10.h3!? Nh6 11.Bg5!? Ne7 12.Ne4!]

9...h5? [9...d6!? 10.Bg5 f6! 11.exf6 Nxf6 12.0-0 0-0]

11.h3 [11.Bg5!? d5 12.Nf6+! Bxf6 13.exf6 Ng8 14.0-0]

11...Nh6?! [11...f5!? 12.Neg5 Nh6 13.0-0 0-0 14.c4 Nf7!]

12.Bxh6 [It would be interesting to see 12.0-0-0!? Rc8 13.Kb1! Bxe4 14.Bxe4 d5!? 15.exd6 cxd6 16.Qb4! to attack on the queenside too.]

14...Nd5 [14...Ng8!?; 14...Kg7!?]

16.Be4 [16.a4!?]

18...Bg5?! [18...hxg4!? 19.hxg4 Qe7 20.Kf1!? Bg5]

19.Ke2?! [19.Rg1!?] d5!?

21...d5?! [21...Rxh5! 22.h4 d5!? Bh6]

25...Rg8?! [25...Rh8!? 26.Kd1 Kg7]

27...Bxe5?! [27...Kh7; 27...b5!?]

29...Rf5 [29...Qxa2!? 30.Kc2 Qa4+ 31.Kb1 Kh7 32.Qf3 Rf5!?]

31...b5?! [31...Qa4+!? 32.Kb1 Qc4 33.Qe3+ Kh7]

33.Qxc4 [33.Qd2+!? Kh7 34.h5!?]

38.Rb1? [38.Rg1!? Rb7 39.Kb1 Kxh4 40.b4! Rxa2 41.Kxa2 Rb8 42.Rh1+!]

39...Rf5? [39...Kg3! 40.Rg1+ Kf3! 41.Ra2 g5!]

43.Rxh5 [43.Rf8!?]

54.Rxe6? Rg8!

58.c4? [58.Kb4!; 58.Kc2!; 58.e6!]

58...Rg4?? [58...Rb8+!(!) wins the game.]

60...Rd5?? [60...Kg2! 61.Kc3 Rd1! 62.Kc4 Kf3!, etc.]

61.Kc4! Rd1 Now it's too late.

Apr-30-14
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  Phony Benoni: This is what happens when Capablanca gets a lost game against an amateur rather than a Saemisch. No Allnut Joy.

I take it that the second "to" in the pun is a typo. After all, Capa isn't playing Max Harmonist.

Apr-30-14  paramount: maybe i have to check my English again while i dont understand "to to".
Apr-30-14  offramp: W E Allnutt whipped.
Apr-30-14  morfishine: Commendable play by Black
Apr-30-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: I'm collecting games for a book about simuls. I think I may have to find room for this one. Black comes close to taking a famous scalp.

As <Cemoblanca> points out, one key position is this one (after 58. c4)


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Now Allnut played 58...Rg4 (which draws at best). Instead 58...Rb8+ 59. Kc3 Rc8


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White either has to give up his c pawn or play the awkward 60. c5. The problem with c5 is that the black rook can easily guard against the white c and e pawns meanwhile the black king wanders up the board to take an interest in proceedings.

From winning to drawn to lost in the space of a few moves. I guess that it what happen when you dare to sneak an advantage against Capablanca.

Apr-30-14
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  kevin86: Oh, nuts! I was hoping for an upset.
Apr-30-14  solskytz: Black played with ambition. He had an easy draw at any time in the rook ending, by taking his K to the f-file and forcing Capa's rook to give perpetual check. But he wanted more.

He didn't know how to go about it - but he clearly preferred to try than to take a more than respectable draw against the WC.

I suppose that I would have just taken the draw (although it's a difficult decision to make, when you know that your position is better).

Apr-30-14  RookFile: It was probably the only game left in the simul. Capa is standing in front of you. He bashes out his move, and the pressure is on you to reply without taking too much time.
Apr-30-14
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  Once: <solskytz: ... I suppose that I would have just taken the draw (although it's a difficult decision to make, when you know that your position is better).

Wise words. I think you are exactly right. It can be so very hard to take the draw when you have been winning for such a long time.

Apr-30-14
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  ajk68: Rg4 was a monumental blunder.
Apr-30-14  RedShield: WW1 wasn't exactly a bundle of laughs, either.
Apr-30-14  Petrosianic: It was in Blackadder's trench.
Apr-30-14  Whitehat1963: What a finish! It was "to to" much!
Apr-30-14  MelvinDoucet: I'm always more content with a draw than a loss in a winning position, especially in competitive chess.
Apr-30-14  zakkzheng: I guess it was simul, so most of the time the weaker person usually has a chance.
Nov-21-15  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in London, England on November 15, 1911.

Capablanca scored +16=3-9.

Aug-08-21
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  GrahamClayton: <Cemoblanca>
[It would be interesting to see 12.0-0-0!? Rc8 13.Kb1! Bxe4 14.Bxe4 d5!? 15.exd6 cxd6 16.Qb4! to attack on the queenside too.]

<Cemoblanca>
16...d5 17. Bd3 O-O 18. Ba6 Rc6 19. Bb7 wins the exchange.

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