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Jose Raul Capablanca vs David Janowski
American National (1913), New York, NY USA, rd 3, Jan-22
Four Knights Game: Ranken Variation (C48)  ·  1-0



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Apr-13-04  Phoenix: Minority attack on the kingside!
Feb-09-05  yunis: its the middle not king side
Jul-23-05  davewv: Page 68 "Chess Fundamentals" by Jose Capablanca.

Nice double rook/pawn endgame.

Dec-30-05  FENfiend: <42. Rf8+> is like saying "Stay in your cage!" <53. bxc5> reminds me of Alexander the Great's mousetrap idea to use phalanxes against chariots. There might be better examples around, but the result is still pretty (and) graphic.
Dec-30-05  setebos: this guy Capa was rather good at endgames:-)
Jan-02-06  FENfiend: You could say he had a fairly decent flair for the game...
Jan-02-06  FENfiend: <setebos> I read a pertinent description of Capablanca from Reuben Fine's "The World's Great Chess Games", but I'll check the player profile kibitz first to see if it isn't best quoted there.
Apr-13-11  General Akpufni: Impressive
Apr-13-11  Mozart72: Capablanca's 43.75% win probability in move 54 and Janowski's 31.25% win probability in move 53 shows the correctness of 1-0.
Feb-20-12  ventricule: 28. b4 and 30. a4 are real gems in this game in my opinion. Capablanca meticulously destroys any counterplay on the queenside before going on pushing his g and h pawns.

The critical test of this line is 31.... a5 32. a4xb5 Rd4xb4 33. Rb1xb4 a5xb4 34. Rf5-c5 !, winning one pawn because of the check if 34. ... c6xb5

Then 34 ... Re8-e6 35. Kf2-e3 Rb7-b6 36. Rc5xc6+ Re6xc6 37. b5xc6 Rb6xc6 38 Ke3-d4, and now Kc6-b5 puts the black king in a very passive position, but 38. ... Kc6-d6 runs into 39. Kd4-c4 c5 40. Kc4-b5 ! and black is zugzwanged, after running out of pawn moves he will lose the c5 pawn. (Analysis by Silman)

Feb-21-12  RookFile: I think 11... Bxf3 wasn't bad. After 12. Qxf3:

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The first thing you wonder about is whether Nf5 and Nxg7 is even a threat on white's part. It may not necessarily be a good idea to open the g file against white's king.

Or suppose black played the rather aggressive 13..... Rdg8. The plan is to advance the kingside pawns.

I suspect that Capa would choose a simplyfing course, and avoid the mayhem of opposite site pawn storms. For example, Nf5, Bg5, with an idea of Nxd6+ and Bxf6.

May-16-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Capablanca vs Janowski, 1913.
Your score: 128 (par = 119)


May-10-18  Howard: This game was given in Point Count Chess I believe albeit with no notes.
Apr-16-19  WDenayer: The position after 27.b6 is given as a puzzle in a book by Bent Larsen (Du maste ha en plan, 1975 - You need to have a plan). Larsen gives 28.b4 a '!'. I do not see why. Black has absolutely no time to engineer anything on the Q-side. It will take 4 moves, just to exchange some pawns. I thought that 28.g5 is much stronger. According to Stockfish, 28.b4 is not even in the top 5 of best moves. It gives 28.h4 as best, Kf2 is also fine. The point of 28,g5 is that Black will end up with an isolated pawn which he will subsequently lose. There is no defense. So I think that 28.b4 was unnecessary, although Larsen (in 1975- no computers) writes that 'any modern master would play it.'
May-03-20  pepechuy: Did Janowski play 41... Kb8? (it is a question, I am not implying it is a bad move). In the Encyclopedia of Chess Endings, volume 3, the move played is 41... Kc8
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  perfidious: Had never seen this ancestor in the great Cuban's praxis of Kan vs Capablanca, 1936, featuring the minority attack on the kingside in the double rook ending.
Dec-21-20  raf7chess: The description of the game is wrong. Capablanca (in "Chess Fundamentals") and Chernev (in "Capablanca's best chess endings"), both, give 41. ... Kc8 and not 41. .. Kb8 as the actual move played.
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  Hasurami: Bent Larsen uses this game as example nr 2 in his book "Find the Plan".
Dec-28-21  ColdSong: One can be impressed by Capablanca' s talent in these games, and definitely not without reasons, but here Stockfish 9 sees 23 mistakes.Young and ambitious players have to think about it...
Apr-11-22  BentOuttaSmyslov: 24...Nxf5 and the following exchange of queens brings Janowski into an endgame where White is clearly better. But it's hard to find a good plan for Black in the position. What should Black have aimed for instead of exchanging knights? I'd probably play something quiet like 24...h6? Any suggestions for Black here?

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