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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Albert Hodges
Rice Memorial (1916), New York, NY USA, rd 8, Jan-27
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Classical Defense (C83)  ·  1-0



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Feb-25-12  RookFile: You hear about bad bishops a lot, but black had a bad knight in this game.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: This was a theoretical dispute. In the St Petersburg 1914 tourney, Tarrasch had been very successful with his .. d4 (beating Bernstein O Bernstein vs Tarrasch, 1914 and nearly beating Lasker Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914). Capa published an article claiming a White advantage after Ne4. But both Chajes and Hodges disputed that claim, thinking that White's isolated Q-side Ps were not compensated by White's activity. Capa proved them both wrong (compare Capablanca vs O Chajes, 1915 which has his notes, and a rematch with the same result Capablanca vs O Chajes, 1916).
Sep-19-20  beugi19: Beautiful final combination! Capa had it all figured out:

1) 39... bc3 40 ♖a7 c2 41 ♖f7+! and mate;
2) 40... bc3 41 ♖b8 c2 42 ♖g8+ ♔h6 43 g4! again mates.

Not easy to see all this at move 37!

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