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Albert Pulvermacher vs Jose Raul Capablanca
"Pulverised" (game of the day May-30-2011)
Casual game (1907), Manhattan CC, New York, NY USA, Dec-??
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation General (C30)  ·  0-1



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May-30-11  Paraconti: There'a guy with the same name who's convinced he's the Pope.
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  Morten: Trying on the King's Gambit against Capa. That is like trying to walk on water.
May-30-11  Shams: <Eduardo Leon: Ironically, Pulvermacher means "powder maker" in German.>

In English we take powders, in Germany I guess they make them. Interesting.

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  al wazir: 11. Be2 Qxg5 12. Bxg4 Qxg4 13. Nd2 Nf2.
May-30-11  Shams: <aw> Your line is good but simply 12...Qxg4 as 13.Nd2?? Bf2+ ups the harvest to a queen.
May-30-11  ossipossi: It is like from <2...Bc5> everything is already in Capa's mind. Flawless, as usual, like a crystal.
May-30-11  ughaibu: What's the story if white plays 9.Nd7?
May-30-11  Garech: Honestly, I find it hard to believe that this is Capablanca playing. I thought perhaps it was from early in his career, and though he was only a teenager when this game was played, there are a remarkable amount of blunders and inaccurate, tactical play that isn't like his style at all. Firstly, of course, there's dropping a pawn in the opening. But also, what is black doing after 9.Nxg4? E.g. ...Nxg4 and now 10.Qd1! Appears to keep white ahead:

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Despite the lagging development, black has no attack and white will remain a piece up. Something that looked good initially after

9.Nxg4 Nxg4 was 10.dxc5!? but quite incredibly black is able to gain an advantage here with Nxc5! and best play is ostensbily 11.Qd4 Re8! giving up a third peice for a winning attack: 12.Qxc5 Rxe4+! 13.Be2 Qh4+ 14.g3 Qh3:

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Threatening both Qg2 and Rae8 looks very strong for black.


May-30-11  Lil Swine: im surprised by how short this game is. if only Nigel Short played this game, then the length would have some comedy
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  al wazir: <Shams: 13.Nd2?? Bf2+ ups the harvest to a queen.> You're right. Thanks.

White is really, really busted.

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  scormus: Strange game.

<Garech> After 9 Nxg4 Nxg4 10 Qd1 I'm not sure if B has a resource in ... Nde5. OK 2 pieces attacked, so may as well 3.

On a quick look I think 11 dxe5 or dxc5 nets B an edge after 11 ... Qxd2 12 Kxd1 Nf2+ but its hardly vintage Capa.

But its more tricky after 11 Bd2. Best I can find is 11 ... Qh4+ 12 g3 Qh3 and there are certainly ways W can go wrong. But surely all W has to do is keep his nerve and he comes out a piece ahead. Doesnt he?

May-30-11  janatoli2: I believe that 9. Bg5 loses the game and 10. dxe5 is also a weak one. 9.Nxg4 seems indeed critical to me as for <Garech> (BTW a casual or prearranged game of Capa? - in 1907 he was already damned strong) and <scormus> but I would propose to play 10.Be2 afterwards to develop a piece, prepare to castle and to keep an eye on blacks Nd7 (to bind blacks queen). Bf4 could be an important move prior to castling to control the squares e5 and h2. The strong pawn center and extra pawn should win for white then. Means also, white should not take the piece on c5 too early.
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  scormus: <janatoli2> thnks for the correction, I meant 10. Be2 (My chessboard dyslexia again). I looked some more and was sure W was clearly better then.

I can easily imagine this was an offhand game, Capa giving up an early pawn for speculative attacking chances

May-30-11  Chessmensch: Play with white or black. Both powders will kill you.
May-30-11  mojonera: pulverizado albert .
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  Wayne Power: What's wrong with 8 Nxd7 for white?
If 8 ... Bxd7 9 Qc4 and with d3 to follow
May-30-11  hudgreen: ouch!
May-31-11  kevin86: black will mate-soonest...
Jun-03-11  ossipossi: Naaah!... if <10.Be2> follows <10...Re8>. I don't think Capablanca cared pawns in a King's gambit against Mr. Pulvermacher. Every Capa's piece is poisoned... Obviously There was not Lasker or Alechin (or Fritz) in front of him.
Nov-11-13  Cemoblanca: "Pulverised". LOOOOOOL!
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  kingscrusher: <Garech> With current technology now (Houdini 4, Multicore), it doesnt seem much of a big deal your Qd1 for gaining any significant advantage.

Here is my annotated PGN so far:

[Event "New York"]
[Site "New York"]
[Date "1907.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Albert Pulvermacher"]
[Black "Jose Raul Capablanca"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C30"]
[PlyCount "20"]
[EventDate "1907.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 Bc5 3. Nf3 d6 4. c3 Bg4 5. fxe5 dxe5 6. Qa4+ Nd7 7. Nxe5 Ngf6 8. d4 (8. Nxg4 Nxg4 9. d4 Qf6 10. Qc2 Bxd4) 8... O-O 9. Bg5 (9. Nxg4 Nxg4 10. Qd1 (10. dxc5 Nxc5 11. Qc4 Re8 12. Nd2 Qg5 13. Be2 Ne5 14. Qd4 Rad8) 10... Ndf6 11. Be2 (11. dxc5) (11. Bd3 Re8 Equal) (11. Nd2 Bxd4 12. cxd4 Qxd4 13. Qf3 Rfe8 ♗lack better) 11... Nxe4 12. O-O (12. Bxg4 Qh4+ 13. g3 Nxg3 14. hxg3 Qxh1+) 12... Ngf2 13. Rxf2 (13. Qc2 Bxd4 14. cxd4 Qxd4) 13... Nxf2 14. Kxf2 Qh4+ 15. Kg1 Bd6 16. g3 (16. h3 Qg3 17. Nd2 Qe3+ 18. Kh1 Rae8 19. Bf1) 16... Bxg3 17. hxg3 Qxg3+ 18. Kf1 Qh3+ 19. Kf2 Rfe8 Equal (19... Qh2+ 20. Ke3 Rfe8+ 21. Kd3 c5 22. Qf1 (22. Bf3 Rac8 23. Na3 b5 24. Bd2 Qg3 25. Kc2 b4 26. Nb5) 22... c4+ 23. Kd2 Re6 Equal) 20. Bf4 Qf5 21. Kg3 Qg6+ 22. Kh2 Qe4 23. Be5 Rad8 24. Qf1 Rxe5 25. dxe5 Qxe5+ 26. Kg2 Qg5+) (9. dxc5 Nxe5) 9... Nxe5 10. dxe5 Nxe4 0-1

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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

Cheers, K

Jan-10-14  Wulebgr: Great analysis; great video! Thanks kingscrusher.

The position prior to 10...Nxe4 popped up in my training on the Chessimo iPad app this morning. I solved it. The real complications come earlier, where this game reveals that Capablanca was amazing even early in his career.

Nov-17-15  TheFocus: An off-hand game played in New York, New York in 1907.
Apr-23-19  Marcelo Bruno: Backfire!
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