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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Abraham Kupchik
Havana (1913), Havana CUB, rd 7, Feb-24
Four Knights Game: Nimzowitsch (Paulsen) (C49)  ·  1-0



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Jan-24-05  Jack Rabbit: <Rook v. Two Connected Pawns> from <65 Kxf5>.

The Black Pawns are not advanced. Although the Black King is in the most ideal position to escort them, there is way too far to go to hope to save the game. The White King has no trouble maneuvering in front of the Pawns.

Jul-05-05  THE pawn: Typical Capablanca: Not afraid to sacrifice material in order to massively protect his passed pawn. All I can say is that even when you know how important it is to move and protect your passed pawn, it's still hard to let the other player take all your other remaining pawns.
Jul-05-05  Mating Net: I'm wondering if 53...Rh2 gives Black decent drawing chances. Capa is more than happy to give up the two f pawns and the d pawn. He just calmy pushes the h pawn, until Black is forced to sac his Rook. The Black Rook checks accomplished absolutely nothing, a minor annoyance. As <THE pawn> pointed out it's mighty tough to just let your pawns go like that, but if you gain the time to advance your own passed pawn you got it made in the shade.
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  beatgiant: <Mating Net>
On 53...Rh2 54. Rxe6 Rxh5 55. Re5 Rh5 56. Kd5, etc. it looks like both the d-pawn and f-pawn are destined to fall, leaving White two pawns up.

I think Capa annotated this one in _Chess Fundamentals_ and found some chances for Black at earlier stages in the ending.

Dec-30-05  FENfiend: Hey <beatgiant>, I think you shifted a file in your analysis. It should read <53...Rh2 54. Rxe6 Rxh5 55. Re5 Rg5 56. Kc5, etc.> right? In that case, Rg5 wouldn't work because fxg5:

position after <53...Rh2 54. Rxe6 Rxh5 55. Re5>

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So with Rh2, Black is still powerless.
Where were Black's chances, according to Capablanca?

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  beatgiant: <FENFiend>
<I think you shifted a file in your analysis.> No, only the last move of my post has the misprint (Kd5 where I meant Kc5). Thanks for that correction.

<Where were Black's chances, according to Capablanca?> Sorry, I don't have his notes handy at the moment or much time to look it up. Can anyone else help us here?

Dec-31-05  FENfiend: <beatgiant> But the r already is on h5 from the capture, how could he move to the same space he's already on? Thanks anyway for the hint, I'm very curious to know when things turned officially sour for black.
Jun-21-07  Karpova: Yes, Capablanca annotates this game in <Chess Fundamentals>.

I just name the crucial moves:

23.Ra5 and 24.c4 get an exclamation mark.
26...f5 doesn't accomplish anything
28.f4 and 29.Kd2 aren't good
28...Kb7 misses a chance to reach a draw
44.b5 gives away the advantage again
45....Rf8 receives an exclamation mark
52....Rxf2 gives away the last chance to reach a draw 53...Rxf4 again not the best move

Nov-30-09  Smothered Mate: Black didn't play 28... Kb7
Jul-29-12  jancotianno: One of my favourite Capablanca endings.
Apr-21-15  Howard: This ending was given in Euwe's book Bobby Fischer--the Greatest, as I recall.

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