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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Vera Menchik
Margate (1939), Margate ENG, rd 5, Apr-16
Tarrasch Defense: Classical. Reti Variation (D34)  ·  1-0



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Feb-03-04  Lawrence: 47...Kh5 48.Kf6+ Kh6 49.Rh7#
Jan-18-05  Ernesto7: genius..
Jul-07-07  amateur05: White could have easily been Kramnik or any other current top 20 player. Capa's style looks so modern in this game. It shows how little things have changed since those days.
Jul-29-08  jsteward: why not?40...Kg5 41.Rc5+ and the knight is won!
Jul-29-08  Boomie: <jsteward: why not?40...Kg5 41.Rc5+>

41...Kxg4 and the rook ending is probably a draw.

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  Mateo: 45...Nc4?? was a nice way to allow White a quick mate.

34...Qxg4?! wasn't the test variation. 34...Qg7 was more tricky and should be stronger. Black seems to win a piece, because both Knight and Rook are attacked.

However, White can answer 35.Rc1!.

If 35...Qxh6? 36.Rh1 pinns the Queen.

If 35...Re4 36.Qg5 (only move) Re5 37.Qf4 Qxh6 38.Rxc6! (38.Rh1? Rh5) Qxf4 39.Rc7+ Kh6 40.gxf4 Rxe2 41.Rxb7. White won a pawn. But is this enough for a win? Not sure.

Feb-06-13  jerseybob: And with this win, Capa assures himself of non-membership in the "Vera Menchik club".
Jul-25-15  thegoodanarchist: Champion versus Champion.
Jul-26-15  RookFile: I didn't realize until tonight that Capa won all 9 games he played against Menchik.
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  MissScarlett: Nobody beats Vera Menchik ten times in a row!
Jul-26-15  john barleycorn: Yeah, Capablanca hormons did not cause any issues when playing her.
Jul-26-15  TheFocus: <JohnBarleycorn> Vera's face wasn't't enough to melt Capa's heart.

Or mine for that matter

Feb-14-22  Albion 1959: With this game, Capablanca avoided the Menchik list. He was ruthless and showed her no mercy, nine wins out of nine. Not a single draw !

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