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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Rudolf Spielmann
Berlin (1928), Berlin GER, rd 2, Oct-12
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-07-04  Calli: Although it seems like Capablanca should have won, give credit to some fine defense by Spielmann. 63...Ra1! is timed just right.
Oct-20-09  whiteshark: Weak kingside pawns secure the draw
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  beatgiant: What if 39. Rc7+ followed by 40. Rb7?
Oct-20-09  geigermuller: why not 31. Rxb5 instead of the text 31. Rxc4?
Oct-20-09  sneaky pete: 31.Rxc4 .. wins a pawn, 31.Rxb5 Rxd4 32.exd4 Rd7 doesn't.

Onkel Kübel says:
Eine der vielen Hünenschlachten, die sich die Matadores geliefert haben; speziell mit Spielmann tat sich der Kubaner stets ein bißchen schwer. Erinnert sei an Kissingen 1928 und Karlsbad 1929, wo Capablanca zertrümmert wurde!

Apr-03-13  Babes: My impression was that, if anything, it was a little melodramatic for Spielmann to have held off on playing ...Ra1 in the R+2 vs. R+1 ending. For instance instead of 58...Kh7, 58...Ra1 59. Rxh2 Ra7+ 60. Kd7 Ra7+ 61. Kc6 Kxg5 is an easy draw with the king on the short side.
Apr-03-13  RookFile: One thing Rudolf Spielmann did right was he didn't lose heart. Alekhine had taught folks that lesson, never give up in an endgame, even against Capa - you might get a chance.

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