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Alexander Alekhine vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Capablanca - Alekhine World Championship Match (1927), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 14, Oct-14
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Rubinstein Attack (D64)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-02-08  Knight13: It's already a draw on move 14.
Aug-29-09  WhiteRook48: how come Alekhine always played the Rubinstein attack here?
Feb-26-12  The Curious Emblem: Instead of 9... h6, 9... Re8 followed by ... Nf8-g6 is better.
Feb-26-12  RookFile: Is it indeed? It's not like Capa didn't know about that plan. White might play for the Ne5 and f4 setup. Then, left unchecked, white could get a menacing attack with Bxf6 and g4 and g5. Notice how in the game, with ....Nh5, black smoothly eliminated this latter possibility.
Feb-27-12  The Curious Emblem: <RookFile> I see what you mean. Ex. 9... Re8 10. Bd3 dxc4 11. Bxc4 Nf8 12. Ne5 Ng6 13. f4 Nxe5 14. fxe5 Nd5 15. Bxe7 Qxe7 16. e4 and Black is on the defensive. Thanks for pointing it out.
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  Penguincw: No playing on? This game seems incomplete. Probably a draw anyways.
Aug-24-18  WorstPlayerEver: It's noticeable that both matadors avoid a real battle. For instance:

17. Rfe1 Nf6 18. Nf4 g5 19. Ne2 Nfe4 20. Rf1 f6 21. Nh2 f5 22. Nf3 Nf7 23. Ng3 a5 24. Nh5 Qd6 25. Be2 Qg6 26. Ne1 Bd7 27. Nd3 b6 28. Rfd1

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  plang: In the game 12 Alekhine had played 11 Rd1; here he varied with 11 cxd. A game in the 1924 USSR Championship Black had continued 12..Ne4; 12..Nh5 was new. 15 b4 was suggested as more accurate. Capablanca's clever 15..Ne8 and 16..Bd6 has since become a standard maneuver in the Exchange variation. One of the ideas was to make it easier to exchange light-squared bishops as happened here.
Mar-17-23  Sally Simpson: Alekhine writes in his brief notes to this game in 'On The Road To The World Championship.'

" first concern was to keep my opponent under the psychological pressure of his two preceding defeats (games 11 and 12) so as in the long run to make him impatient and tempt him to take risks. This waiting strategy in fact found it's reward in the 21st game....All in all an unexciting game."

(game 21) Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927

Mar-18-23  Olavi: Black could in fact continue the game, he is the side with any hope of an initiative, g5, h5 and 'so on'. Admittedly exchanging queens reduced the risk for White, 23...Nxf5! with chances of the famous scenario: Bobotsov vs Petrosian, 1968 Portisch vs Kasparov, 1989
Mar-18-23  Sally Simpson: Hi Olavi,

Funnily enough Alekhine mentions after game 2 Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 that there were a few times in this match where he agreed to a draw when he could have played on as he had a slight advantage. He added that the match seemed fated to last 2½ months.

Mar-18-23  Olavi: <Sally Simpson> I think it was the result of his iron determination to out-Capa Capa: not give an inch, initiate any unclear complications. Let him do it. So sometimes Alekhine perhaps overdid that.

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