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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Anthony Santasiere
New York (1931), New York, NY USA, rd 5, Apr-23
Zukertort Opening: Nimzo-Larsen Variation (A04)  ·  1-0

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Sep-15-05  Whitehat1963: It looks simply flawless and simple, like most of Capablanca's masterpieces. Where are the missed opportunities?
Sep-15-05  paladin at large: I don't know <Whitehat1963>. The sequence beginning with 14. Nh4 is very subtle. If Black thought 18...e4 would help his position - and it is easy to understand why he tried it - it surely did not. Each combination and exchange seems to leave Capablanca in a slightly better position. e.g. 20. Bh3 Qxh3 21. Qxd6. Black could have resigned several moves earlier than he did, I think.

This games brings to mind Botvinnik's comment that Capablanca had no equal in his ability to "paint a chess picture" of seemingly natural moves which all flowed one to the other, as if the game had hardly consisted of individual, discrete moves.

Apr-09-07  patzerboy: Compare the position in this game after Black's thirteenth move with the position in Kevitz vs Capablanca, 1931 after Black's thirteenth.
The White position is identical in both games, but in the current game Black has weakened his kingside and has yet to castle. In the other game Black (Capablanca) has an intact kingside pawn structure and is already castled and ready for action. The results of the games have more to do with Capablanca being on one side or the other, of course, but I think it's still an interesting comparison.
Apr-15-07  eristoff: <Whitehat1963> Black can improve with 16... Bb4 17.Re2 Rfc8 instead of directly 16... Rfc8. Then Nhf5 can be met with Qf8.
Dec-28-10  BwanaVa: I remember Jude Acers using this game in a pre-simul lecture in Fairfax, VA in 1977 to demonstrate the effortless flow of a Capablanca game. Acers said that Capa's impact on chess made him like the "Hotel California"...he could check out any time he likes, but he could never leave. The song was a big hit about then, so the analogy worked...
Dec-25-21
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  perfidious: <paladin....This games brings to mind Botvinnik's comment that Capablanca had no equal in his ability to "paint a chess picture" of seemingly natural moves which all flowed one to the other, as if the game had hardly consisted of individual, discrete moves.>

It had to have been frightening for even a strong player to face Capablanca and his ability to incrementally and seemingly inexorably improve his position, till there was little left to do. It is a tribute to Alekhine's talents, combined with his willingness to improve, that he managed to defeat Capablanca for the title.

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