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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Max Euwe
AVRO (1938), The Netherlands, rd 7, Nov-15
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E34)  ·  1-0



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Mar-08-05  DevinPFelter: Capablanca's 10.Nf5 seems slightly inferior to Nf3. After bishop takes knight, queen takes bishop, knight to c6, black is already developed and white still has to play e3, develop the king's bishop, and castle. Granted, the two white bishops probably make up for this against the two black knights. 16.Ba6 would have been interesting: 16...bxa6 17.Qxc6. It doesn't seem like anything would stop 24.Qxa7. 26...f5 appears to miss 27.exf5 Qxf5 28.g4. 27...Nf6 would be more prudent.
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  beatgiant: <DevinPFelter>
Thanks for these interesting comments!

<16.Ba6 would have been interesting>

Black can defend as follows:
16. Ba6 e4 17. Qg3 Nh5 18. Qc7 bxa6 19. Qxc6 Qd3. It still looks good for White, but I don't see an immediate gain of a pawn as happens in the actual game.

<26...f5 appears to miss 27.exf5 Qxf5 28.g4. 27...Nf6 would be more prudent.>

On 27...Nf6 28. Qxa7, Black is down two pawns with no apparent compensation. Presumably Euwe was aiming to stir up complications by opening White's king at all costs. That's consistent with the whole plan starting with 23...Nh5.

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  Mateo: Panov suggests 14... Rfe8 15. 0-0 Qf3 16. Bf3 e4 17. Be2 Nd5 =. But the direct 14... Qf3 15. Bf3 e4 and 16. Nd5 = seems good too, maybe even stronger.
Jan-18-08  paladin at large: The real story is how Capa calculates the safety of his king after throwing open the doors to his kingside.
May-28-08  RookFile: Yes, that's right. This isn't your usual, play it safe, get a slight advantage and win type of game from Capa. When you play a move like 28. g4 against Euwe, you'd better know that you can withstand the counterattack against your open king. Capa accurately saw that he would be able to defend and consolidate.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Just like their earlier game Capablanca vs Euwe, 1931. Capa could calculate with the best of them if necessary—ask Marshall (e.g. when Marshall played the attack named after him Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918!
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  plang: The idea behind 15 0-0! was 15..e4 16 Qg3..Qxe2 (16..Ne8? 17 Bb5!..a6 18 Rac1) 17 Bxf6..g6 18 Qf4..Qh5 19 Rfd1..Qf5 20 Qxf5..gxf 21 Rd7 with a big advantage for White in the endgame. An interesting alternative would have been 23 Qxa7..R6c7 24 Bd2!..Rxc1 25 Bxc1 though it is not clear that this is stronger than what Capablanca played.
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  Honza Cervenka: 18...Rd6 loses material by force. Of course, 20...bxc6 is not an option for 21.Bb4, and after played 20...Rxc6 21.Qb5 white attacks Pb7 and Pe5 at once winning a sound Pawn. 18...Rd7 would have been a bit better.

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