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Rudolf Spielmann vs Jose Raul Capablanca
New York (1927), New York, NY USA, rd 7, Feb-27
Caro-Kann Defense: Main Line (B15)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Honza Cervenka: It seems to be a little bit premature decision from white's side to agree with draw here. With Bishop pair he could try to play for win without any significant risk. Spielmann's awe before Capablanca's legendary invincible technique probably spared Capa from defending of an uneasy endgame.
Nov-08-05  who: Welcome back Honza. We've missed you.
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  Honza Cervenka: <who> Thanks. I missed and all its kibitzing chess enthusiast fellowship too. Unfortunately, I was so overloaded with work last two months that I did not even look on the chessboard for several weeks, not to mention the fact that I missed completely all that fun in Argentina and Topalov's great triumph there. But now I am back and happy.:-D
Nov-09-05  CapablancaFan: <Honza Cervenka> I agree with you. Spielmann with the bishop pair probably had winning chances (though he would have had to play VERY accurately) had he'd gone on. I suspect Capablanca's reputation as an endgame specialist weighed heavily on Spielmann's mind. He probably thought " If I keep playing, Capa's not going to quit, he will come at me tooth and nail and it will take all my skills and powers to MAYBE defeat him. I think I'll bail out now with the draw than deal with what will probably be an exausting endgame". I admit Capa probably welcomed the draw offer because he needed all the energy he could muster to deal with Alekhine. Remember, the year was 1927.

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