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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Manuel Marquez Sterling
Havana (1901), Havana CUB, Oct-17
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1-0



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May-19-15  Xeroxx: Never say the French Exchange isn't exciting.
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  wwall: After 14.Ne3, White threatens 15.Qb6, but Black can play...Rb8 and ...Rxb2 to get the pawn back. Instead of 14...Rae8, perhaps best is 14...Nc5, threatening the White queen and protecting the b6 pawn. But now Capa plays 15.Nf5, attacking the Black queen. After 15...Qh5 16.Rae1 (White could have played 16.Qxb7 or 16.Nxd6 first), now Black played 16...Qg6? when 16...b6 could have been played. After 17.Qh4, Black loses his Queen after 17...h6?? (18.Nxd6 fxg6 19.Bxg6 and Black can resign). White had to try 17...Nf4, threatening 18...Qxg2 mate. White would then have to play 18.Ne7+ Bxe7 19.Qxf4.

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