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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Peter Natali
Simul, 30b (1922) (exhibition), Manchester ENG, Oct-28
Vienna Game: General (C27)  ·  0-1



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  MissScarlett: This game appears in Caparros' book, but ends with 27...Rxg2. I don't know his source, but mine is the report in the <Manchester Guardian> of October 30th, where the victor is identified only as <P. Natali, of the Manchester Jewish Working Men's Club>. <Peter> needs confirmation.

Capa's relatively poor result, +24 -4 =2, also included losses to William Albert Fairhurst, G.H. Midgley and Dr. W. Edge.

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<Usually Capablanca would have noted at a glance the jeopardy of his queen; but, to the amazement of the chess enthusiasts with whom the room was thronged, he played Kt-Kt5- an oversight for which with a wry little laugh he suggested that somebody should kick him.>

Amusingly, the report suggests Capa should've gone with 24.Bxf5 gxf5 25.Nf4 overlooking that ...Bd8 still wins after 26.Qh6 Bg5.

As for Fairhurst:

<Despite his youth, he is an analyst of no mean capacity, and is also capable of combinations of considerable depth. It was easy to see that Capablanca at once recognised a strong player in this opponent. He gave much more time to this board than to others, and brought into play all his almost uncanny accuracy and ingenuity. He could not, however, with the time at his disposal, prevent the younger player from gradually obtaining a winning position.>

Capa probably recognised him from Capablanca vs W Fairhurst, 1922.

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Manchester ENG (+24 -4 =2) 28.10.1922
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