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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Hermanis Mattison
"Karl's Bad" (game of the day Sep-23-2014)
Karlsbad (1929), Karlsbad CSR, rd 13, Aug-15
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Berlin Variation (E38)  ·  1-0



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Jan-15-05  Poisonpawns: white is winning wasily after 20.Qxc6 c5+the resulting variations are to simple to post.Just pay attention to the weakness of the a2-g8 diagnol,blacks uncoordinated pieces,weak back rank in some variations,also the smothered mate theme is present.
Jan-15-05  Shams: Shams: <tpstar, Poisonpawns> I think white has only one winning line here, and a couple false trails. For example: 20. ...Qxc6
21. c5+ Kh8
22. Nf7+ Rxf7
23. Qxf7 Be6
24. Qh5 exf4

and black has two pieces for the rook. the obvious point is that white`s bishop is hanging.

22. Rd6 is another try but black has 22...Nxc5! and after the queens come off material is even.

I think only 22. Bxe5 wins. Simple and good.

Jan-15-05  sleepkid: <shams>: you're missing it. White mates either way.

21. c5+ Kh8
22. Nf7+ Rxf7
23. rd8+ and mates

...or the smothered mate. your choice. refusal just costs black the exchange (he doesn't pick up a piece either way.) with a lost position.

Sep-07-05  DoctorChess: Another Stupendous Knockout Finish by Capa.
Aug-21-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: I dispute if this is a true smothered mate,the smother is possible yes.Here's the ending if black makes the best possible moves:20...♕xc6 21.c5+ ♗e6 22.♘xe6 ♘xc5 23.♘xc5+ ♔h8 24.♘d7 exf4 25.♘xf8 ♖xf8 26.♕b4 ♖c8 27.♕xf4 ♕c2 28.♕d6 h6 29.♖b5 ♔h7 30.♖d5 ♖c7 31.h4 ♕c6 32.♕f8 ♕e6 33.♖d8 ♕e7 34.♕g8+ ♔g6 35.g4 ♖c6 36.♖d7 ♕e5 37.h5+ ♔g5 38.♖xg7+ ♔h4 39.gxf5 ♕xf5 40.♖g2 ♕g6 41.♖xg6 ♖c5 42.♖g4+ ♔h3 43.♖g3+ ♔h4 44.♕g4#
Apr-03-07  notyetagm: An outstanding miniature by Capablanca.
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  chancho: This game is fully annotated in Irving Chernev's book: Logical Chess Move by Move.
Jul-09-07  sanyas: Now THIS is a miniature.
Dec-10-10  Llawdogg: Wow! A discovered check, check, double check, queen sacrifice, and smothered mate! Mattison should have played it out for the glory of it. He could have been the equivalent of Duke Karl and Count Isouard.
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  kingscrusher: Was Mattison paying a complement to Nimzovich and his Nimzo-Indian system?! It's a shame Capablanca played Kasparov's favourite Qc2 move, and then later a modern looking dxc5 ... There is a classic Nimzovich vs Mattison Nimzo Indian in this very same tournament which Nimzovich won ahead of Capablanca.
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  kingscrusher: Everyone really seems to have missed the cultural point as if Mattison is a total patzer in this game.

Do you think a player as strong as Mattison would be volunteering tempo loss with the move 9...Bb4 if he had not been severely "under the influence" of his doubled pawns classic loss against Nimzovich in the same tournament here:

H K Mattison vs Nimzowitsch, 1929

Seriously?! Mattison is a good player - according to Wiki :

"In 1924, Matisons won the first Latvian Chess Championship tournament. Later that year he finished ahead of Max Euwe and Edgard Colle to win the first World Amateur Championship, which was organized in conjunction with the Paris Olympic Games. Matisons played first board for Latvia at the 1931 Chess Olympiad in Prague and defeated Akiba Rubinstein and Alexander Alekhine, then the reigning World Champion."

Dec-18-13  Sihlous: Agreed...Mattison was a great player...Unfortunately he had a very short career due to a very short life. It's definitely worth looking over the games on his page.
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  kevin86: I smell a smothered mate coming!
Sep-23-14  kyg16: Beautiful miniature by Capa!

Dear Chessgames users. I want to use this place -which, being game of the day has many visitors- to raise awareness about how Chessgames staff is beginning (again!) to repeat the "Quotes of the Day". This had happened in the past and in that opportunity I wanted to complain, but luckily it was only a couple of weeks of repeating old quotes and then the new ones started to appear again.

Now this time I have decided to expose this situation as soon as it began, and when I read the Torre quote about Fischer's daughter I flew to write this post. you have an amazing website, you do a great job, but WE ENJOY READING NEW QUOTES EVERY DAY. You can't take us for fools.

Sep-23-14  Shams: <kyg16> There are 365 days in the year and this website has been around for twelve years. Just how many worthwhile quotes about chess do you imagine there are in the universe?
Sep-23-14  morfishine: <kyg16> What quote or "Quotes of the Day" are you referring to? Are you at the right site? Sincerely, morf
Sep-23-14  kyg16: Dear morfishine, if you have a look at the "Quote of the Day" on the right side of the homepage today you will see there is one quote about how Fischer would turn in his grave if his inheritance was denied to his alleged daughter. This quote has been put as "quote of the day" around 6 or 7 months ago (of course I do not remember when exactly). Yesterday the quote of the day was one that stated that Reshevsky was the best player during one time period and had he played Botvinnik he would have become WC, quote that was also posted around a year ago. So yes I believe I'm at the right site.

Dear Shams, I understand your point, but if you consider the THOUSANDS of books that have been written about chess, and if you consider that "modern" history (starting from first undisputed WC Steinitz in 1886) counts more than 120 years, I believe you can find a quote for each new day. Every chess press conference leaves a worthwile quote, annotated games can leave a worthwile quotes, chess in popular culture leaves quotes, chess in cinema, in literature, chess player's biographies ...

I hope I have made my point clear. And if chessgames cannot find a new quote each day, then perhaps the most honest thing would be to leave the space blank, and not so joyfully present old quotes as if they were brand new.

Sep-23-14  Shams: <I hope I have made my point clear. And if chessgames cannot find a new quote each day, then perhaps the most honest thing would be to leave the space blank, and not so joyfully present old quotes as if they were brand new.>

Nowhere do they represent that the quotes are "new". There are real criticisms to be made of this site but that ain't one of them. That being said, feel free to mine the chess literature and send Daniel some exciting, sizzling new quotes to use!

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  tamar: I got ole Will Shakespeare to submit one:

"The play's the thing. Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king."

Sep-23-14  capafischer1: As far as the quote of the day goes the funny thing is Gm torre is absolutely wrong. After they did the DNA testing it was proven that the baby did not belong to bobby fischer and had no right to his inheritance.
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  maxi: Herman defeated Capa in 1913, at Riga.
Sep-24-14  morfishine: <kyg16> Thanks, I never noticed this before.
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  maxi: Here's the game:

[Event "Riga"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1913.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Capablanca, J."]
[Black "Mattison, Herman"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C66"]
[PlyCount "116"]
[EventDate "1913.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Be7 5. Nc3 d6 6. d4 exd4 7. Nxd4 Bd7 8. Nde2 O-O 9. Ng3 Re8 10. Re1 Bf8 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. Nd5 Qd8 14. Qh5 g6 15. Qd1 Bg7 16. c3 Ne5 17. Bxd7 Nxd7 18. f4 c6 19. Ne3 Nc5 20. Nc4 d5 21. exd5 Rxe1+ 22. Qxe1 cxd5 23. Ne5 Qb6 24. Qf2 Re8 25. Nf3 Qb5 26. Re1 Nd3 27. Rxe8+ Qxe8 28. Qd2 Qb5 29. b4 Qb6+ 30. Kf1 Qb5 31. Ne2 a5 32. bxa5 Qb1+ 33. Ne1 Nxe1 34. Qxe1 Qxa2 35. Nd4 Bxd4 36. cxd4 Qc4+ 37. Kf2 Qxd4+ 38. Qe3 Qb2+ 39. Kg3 d4 40. Qe8+ Kg7 41. Qe5+ Kh7 42. f5 Qb3+ 43. Kg4 Qd1+ 44. Kh4 Qh5+ 45. Kg3 d3 46. Qd5 Qxf5 47. Qxf5 gxf5 48. Kf2 f4 49. Ke1 Kg6 50. Kd2 Kf5 51. Kxd3 Kg4 52. Kc4 h5 53. Kb5 h4 54. Kb6 h3 55. gxh3+ Kxh3 56. Kxb7 f3 57. a6 f2 58. a7 f1=Q 0-1

Jun-03-15  bmcniece: These moves practically play themselves
Jun-23-16  edubueno: 9...Ab4 is a real mistake. 9...dxc4 is better and logic.
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