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Jose Raul Capablanca vs M Coll
Simul, 32b (1920) (exhibition), Barcelona ESP, Feb-20
Queen Pawn Game: Stonewall Attack (D00)  ·  1-0



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  Once: I've been writing a book on simuls so I knew this one. So not really a puzzle.

But it's a pretty finish, isn't it?

Mar-02-16  Cheapo by the Dozen: First thing to check -- h7. Nothing there, as the f6 knight can't be disposed of.

Then it's e6 or f7. Both are forcing, given the material situation. Nxf7, drawing the king out, turns out to be better.

If Black declines White obviously snatches 2 pawns and still has the attack, so I stopped there without confirming whether or not there was an actual mating line.

Mar-02-16  saturn2: Nxf7 and Qxe6 were considered immediatly.
18 Bg6 was only the second thougt after seeing 18 Bc4 would be answered by 18...Nd5
Mar-02-16  Cybe: 15... h6 is a fatal error. 15... Bd6 (15... Nf8) and the battle still rages on.
Mar-02-16  Khinefirovsen: Last Coll move was definitely the bell for him,...
Mar-02-16  saturn2: Sometimes chessprinciples help, sometimes they are the cause of inflexibility. Here the principle "attack a pawn chain on the basis and not at the peak" was helpfull so that i considered Nxf7 rather than Nxe6 first.

h6 was indeed an error and not only a waste of time, for it allowed the bishop access to g6

Mar-02-16  dfcx: I see 16.Nxf7 Kxf7? 17.Qxe6+ Kf8 18.Bg6 Ne5 19.Rxe5 and mates soon.

If black refuses the knight,
16....Q5 17.Qxe6 Qd5 18.Nxh6++ Kf8 19.Qxd5 cxd5 20.Nf5 white is gains 3 pawns.

Mar-02-16  The Kings Domain: Nice puzzle. Quite tough but it leads to a nice mating finish.
Mar-02-16  Patriot: I was surprised that everyone who considered 16.Nxf7 Kxf7 17.Qxe6+ Kf8 18.Bg6 Ne5 failed to see 19.fxe5 Qd5 stops immediate mate. Everyone except <dfcx> and myself saw that 19.Rxe5 is best.
Mar-02-16  LoveThatJoker: 16. Nxf7! Qb8 (16...Kxf7 17. Qxe6+ Kf8 18. Bg6 ) 17. Qxe6 is prosaic, but good - in that White's Queen can always protect the Knight from b3, if need be.


PS. Good job CG on bringing the Capablanca puzzles!

Mar-02-16  gars: Chess artist, this Capablanca!
Mar-02-16  TheTamale: <nalinw: "Blind, blind, blind."> Don't know if it's intentional, but you're quoting my favorite line from David Copperfield.

Beautiful ending by Capa.

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  kevin86: I saw this one clearly...OK, not a smothered mate, but will do until one comes along.
Mar-02-16  Alex56171: <goldfarbdj> Your line (16. ... Kxf7 17 Qxe6+ Kf8 18 Bg6 Ne5) does not avoid mate if White plays 19.Rxe5. (Ensured by Stockfish.)
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  whiteshark: <16.Nxf7!>, and that's it.
Mar-02-16  Alex56171: Yesterday I saw a video about a Paul Morphy blindfold simultaneous game (, where the teacher (FM Aviv Friedman) in certain moments asks his students to look for a weakness in the opposite field in order to find the next move. Great rule! The Black weakness here is f7. So, the solution begins with Nf7. Of course Capablamca saw it earlier...
Mar-02-16  chessamateur: Almost missed it... stupid medication.
Mar-02-16  Sniffles: It appears that White saw the weakness in the armor at 15. Black saw nothing and played right into his hand.
Mar-02-16  BxChess: I wonder if Black can wriggle out by moving the g pawn: 16. Nxf7 Qc7 17. Qxe6 g6 18. Nxh6+ Kh8 and now what?
Mar-02-16 I spent 90% of the time trying to get Nxe6 to work, and as soon as I considered Nxf7 I knew immediately that that worked. Like finding the answer to an NP-complete problem. Strange game, this chess.
Mar-02-16  Coriolis: "Capablanca" should be a synecdoche for "I take my hat off"
Mar-02-16  sushijunkie: Capa be NASTY.
Mar-02-16  socratead: <Coriolis> Is Capablanca a part of you, a part of a hat, or a part of your hat? I think correct would have been to use the word "metaphor".
Mar-03-16  Coriolis: <socratead> nah, look up synecdoche in the dictionary & think about it. (By the way: it's spelt "socrates" not what you wrote)
Mar-04-16  Coriolis: OK, maybe I was wrong.
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