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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Ruiz / Molina
Consultation game (1914) (other), Buenos Aires ARG, Sep-17
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation (C30)  ·  1-0



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Aug-20-04  Whitehat1963: Capablanca seemed to understand the idea of prophylaxis instinctively. Shutting off the avenues for an opponent's bishop is a recurring theme in his games.
Aug-20-04  mack: Never knew about this game; Capa should have played the King's Gambit more often!
Jun-03-05  yunis: 13.Be6 was redundant'superflous!
Jun-03-05  lopium: I don't understand the last move. Why not exN?
Jun-03-05  JohnBoy: If 39.ed5, Bxd5+ 40.Kg1 Qe7 allows the bishop to guard the queening square. As played, the knight can't move (mate on f6), and is facing the loss of the knight next move while the mate threat persists. If black tries to get the queens off with ...Qe7, white can exchange and push the a pawn.
Oct-02-05  MrMrsKnight: In Capablanca's book "My Chess Career" This game is given as being played against L Molina and E Ruiz. That makes it even more special! By the way, can anyone shed some light on 17. c4 for me? I just can't imagine playing a move like that, after going through the game it seems like a beautiful move, but it's still above me.
Oct-02-05  aw1988: Is 'cg' corr. game?
Oct-02-05  ughaibu: Looks like it's "consultation game".
Oct-02-05  aw1988: Yes, that makes a lot of sense.
Oct-02-05  Calli: Opponent names are Lizardo Molina Carranza and Enrique G Ruiz. Both are in CG db but slightly wrong. Submitted corrections.
Jul-09-07  sanyas: <lopium> <JohnBoy> is right, also 39...♗f7 40.a7 ♕g8 41.♕xe5+ ♕g7 42.a8=♕+ ♗g8 43.♕aa1 ♕xe5 44.♕xe5+ ♘f6 45.♕xe5#; or 39...c4 40.exd5 ♗f7 41.dxc4 ♗h5 42.a7 e4 43.♖xh5 e3 44.♕b8 ♕xb8 45.axb8=♕+ ♔g7 46.♕a7+ ♔f6 47.♕d4+ ♔e7 48.♖xh7+ ♔d6 49.c5; or 39...♔g7 40.exd5 ♕f7 41.♖g3 ♔h8 42.♖xg8+ ♔xg8 43.♕g6+ ♕xg6 44.fxg6 ♘f6 45.a7; or 39...♕f7 40.♕xe5 ♕g7 (40...♘f6 41.♕a1) 41.♕xg7+ ♔xg7 42.♖g3+ ♔f8 43.♖xg8+ ♔xg8 44.exd5.
Dec-29-08  notyetagm:

<Capablanca vs Molina and Ruiz

29.12.2008 – Some sacrifices are part of a winning combination, and other sacrifices are made for long-term compensation. Both kinds are common, but how often do you see a sacrifice to stalemate the enemy army? That's what happens in our Playchess lecture, which deals with a 1914 victory in a consultation game, starring the legendary José Raúl Capablanca.

Dennis Monokroussos writes:

In this consultation game, played in Buenos Aires against Molina and Ruiz, "Capa" built up a kingside attack (and at least one aspect of the buildup will probably surprise you), but there came a moment when the allies seemed to have everything under control. That he stood better was obvious, but all the obvious approaches seemed easily met. It is here that Capablanca showed his genius. A sacrifice was available, and finding it isn't difficult at all. Both sides' follow-up is easy to work out, and at the end of it Black is pretty tied up, but White seems to be out of attackers, too. The way that Capablanca managed to finish his opponents off showed remarkable foresight, open-mindedness, and a good sense of humor, too!

To see this fine game and its ingenious conclusion, join me Monday night at 9 p.m. ET. (We're meeting early this week so that the show won't interfere with New Year's Eve/Day festivities; next week, we'll be back to our usual Wednesday night meetings.) The shows are free for members - log on at (or just before) the scheduled time, go to the Broadcast room, select the games tab and select "Capablanca-Molina & Ruiz">

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  Fusilli: Awesome Capa!
Dec-29-08  AxelBoldt: I don't understand 13.Be6. It seems he wants to provoke 13... Bf7, but why would that be good for White? Would he continue with 14.Bxf7 with the plan Nh4, Qh5, Rf3-h3 etc.? Or does he want a pawn on e6?
Dec-29-08  Bobwhoosta: <AxelBoldt> I think that 13.Be6 is actually a great move. If you look at the position, Black needs to find places for his pieces. 13.Be6 denies the queen her only good square, thereby in effect locking up black's entire position!!!

If 13...Bf7 White would be happy to trade bishops, after that the weakness on the light squares would be noticable, and white could make further improvements while black has nothing much to do.

Dec-29-08  AnalyzeThis: This game is an example of how strong Capablanca was tactically - like Alekhine, he could sit down and literally blow you right off the board with tactics.
Oct-10-10  timothee3331: <MrMrsKnight> As I understantd it, I believe c4 has just a concrete aim. White would be pleased to exchange the bishops and exploit the white squares, but for the moment it's not enough and he has to carry his plan on the kingside which is g4-g5-Nxg5 and then attack on the h-file. For this reason, the exchange which allows the knight to come on f7 and frustrate that plan is played later. Now if Black wants to play this he has to play 17...Bg8? 18.g4 Nf7 and now White has completely disrupted his coordination.
Nov-20-10  meppi: 10 f5 is a great move.

black declines the pawn offer and then has the pawn block off his light squared bishop from the crucial g4 and h5 squares. f6 by black cements the weakness and 11 Bc4+ puts the black king into stalemate.

Oct-19-12  shalgo: The move that stands out in this game is 17.c4. As positional matter, white would in general love to be able to exchange white-squared bishops, but, as mentioned by <timothee3331>, Bxf7 has the concrete flaw that it brings the black knight to f7, where it hinders white's plan of g4-g5.

Black, however, doesn't even try to make Capa pay for this concession. By playing 19...b5, he lets white get in g5 without suffering a locked-in bishop.

I wondering whether Black could just try to hold the fort for the time being and play defensive moves rather than try to get counterplay with b5? Maybe something like Nc6-d4 and Rc8-c7?

Aug-25-13  HalmaK: According to a book I have on the lives of Capablanca and Alekhine, Capa actually played 1. f4 e5 2. e4. This move order seems more likely to me.

Either way, a dazzling game. Well worth analyzing!

Jun-04-16  andrea volponi: 22...Ah5!!=
Aug-15-20  Capacorn: In “My Chess Career,” Capa says, after 39.Qxd6, “And black resigned after a few more moves.” He does this several times throughout the book, something I find slightly annoying. Obviously black is lost, but I would still like to know the complete game score. As far as I can tell, Chessgames gives a complete score for the other games, but not this one. Anyway, sweet little game.

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