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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Sergei Prokofiev
"A-Major Upset" (game of the day Jan-24-2010)
Simul, 24b (1914) (exhibition), St. Petersburg RUE, May-16
Queen Pawn Game: Symmetrical Variation (D02)  ·  0-1



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  Peligroso Patzer: Checking back on the earlier kibitzing (on page 1), I see comments to the effect that this game was played in a simul (as recorded, not surprisingly, in Prokofiev's diary), not in any "tournament" as currently reflected in the caption.
Jan-24-10  laskereshevsky: Prokofiev wrote about this simul-game: <Budarina...was on my right; on my left, Iakhontov,....> But I strongly suspect that Proko missed to say something else, for obviously reasons...

Besides the two friends at his wings, just back his shoulder one ( or more ) beautyfull Russian lady (ies) were standing, and staring, to the game and/or to the cuban Player...

For shore She/They were baroness or dukesses, or Duke's/Baron's lovers, In the 1914's zarist Russian both categories were plently represented....

Only so its understandable the "hyeratic" way of play by Jose Raul!

My immaginary scenario is not so unprobable, I know of already TWO situations when Capa was oversighted by Ladyes presences....

(In any case, GO CAPA! ...And If your "'daily" lady have a nice girl-friend or an sexy sister, Fell free to call me. IM WITH U!)

...One was againstz Saemisch, where he lost a piece, (and the game) for nothingh in the opening, in Karlsbad 1929 as the player and Capa's friend Esteban Canal reported in a Book.

The second was against a young Najdorf, the same Poland/Argentin player wrote about this, when He in a terribil time late with a cramp position was able to draw a lost game...

P.S.: I heaven heard rumors that Capa, before his famous lose Against Lasker in Pietroburg 1914, Passed the whole night in sweet-company with the Archduke's favourite lover, in Her Grand hotel's 8-rooms suite....

Jan-24-10  M.D. Wilson: Wow, what a great game! I think Prokofiev was friends with Smyslov (who could have been a professional singer) and Botvinnik.
Jan-24-10  RandomVisitor: 18...Ne5! 19.Qc5+ Qe7
Jan-24-10  RandomVisitor: 15.Bb5
Jan-24-10  RandomVisitor: 16.Qxf3 hxg4 17.Qxg4
Jan-24-10  RandomVisitor: 24.Rhe1
Jan-24-10  weisyschwarz: He scores a great victory. Nice pun.
Jan-24-10  WhiteRook48: there must have been a pretty lady in the room...
Jan-24-10  M.D. Wilson: Yes, Capa's greatest weakness...
Jan-25-10  ughaibu: I guess that's why he liked the endgame, no women on the board to distract him.
Jan-25-10  FHBradley: That would explain his prowess in queenless endgames. Now, it would be of great interest to know whether he performed significantly less well in endgames with one or more queens still on the board. In general, one would expect a correlation with the number of Queens.
Jan-25-10  ughaibu: Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927
Jan-25-10  FHBradley: <ughaibu:> Now, that's a very excellent example.
Jan-25-10  zb2cr: I liked the link to Prokofiev's diary on the first page of kibitzing.
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  kevin86: I can't believe it! The great champion beaten by a composer. It would be like MAN O WAR being beat by UPSET-lol.
Jan-25-10  weisyschwarz: A pretty lady in the room in 1914 St. Petersburg Russia? Well, anything is possible.
Jan-26-10  ughaibu: I dont know how prettyy one had to be to beat Capablanca: It seems like women, in any case, reduced him to a jelly of nerves: Capablanca vs M Bain, 1933 How did a guy whose reaction to women is that of a fifteen year old virgin get the reputation of a Don Juan?
Feb-05-10  M.D. Wilson: Prokofiev could have been a professional chess player. Capa, acccording to Mrs Olga Capablanca, could have been a doctor or a musician.
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  scormus: Is this what was playing in the backround?

Simul or not. Lady or not. Music playing or not. This was quite a decent performance from Sergei

May-25-12  LoveThatJoker: GG


Feb-18-14  lost in space: LHMWMP


Oct-16-14  Ke2: Nxc7 is actually a rather deep trap because 27. QxN falls to a mate in 4.
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  OhioChessFan: I had to have a look at this game and found a top 10 of all time pun.
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  sachistu: I noticed the date associated with this game is May 29th. I suspect this may have been a typo for May 20th, which is given in some sources i.e. the Caparros book on Capablanca, where he gives the date as May 20th 1914, citing Chess To Enjoy. Oddly, Caparros give the date as 5/19/1914 in his index of 'Informal' games, but gives 5/20/1914 in the game header. Also, I noticed the board count given on the CG site is '27'.

However, the Russian magazine '64' (1974, Issue #52, page 5) indicates this was the 3rd of three simuls given in May e.g. 11th, 15th, and 16th. It was the 3rd simul (5/16) where Prokofiev won against Capablanca. Also, '64' indicates that simul was 24 boards with a result of +20 -2 =2 for Capablanca.

Prokofiev also played in the first simul (5/11), losing to Capablanca. As '64' puts it, Prokofiev attended the 3rd simul "with a thirst to win". By the way, '64' indicates the 1st simul was 30 boards, with a result of +27 -1 =2. I could not find the results of the 2nd simul.

Their game from the 1st simul is apparently lesser known as I had not seen it any of my Capablanca sources. It is also given in the same '64' article. I'm including it below. I intend to submit it for inclusion the database.

[Event "St. Petersburg simul #1 30bd"]
[Site "St. Petersburg"]
[Date "1914.05.11"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Capablanca, JR."]
[Black "Prokofiev, Sergey"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C79"]
[PlyCount "115"]
[EventDate "1914.05.11"]
[SourceDate "1974.12.27"]
[Source “64,#52,page 5”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O d6 6. Nc3 Be7 7. Bxc6+ bxc6 8. d4 exd4 9. Nxd4 Bd7 10. Re1 O-O 11. e5 Ne8 12. Qf3 c5 13. Nc6 Bxc6 14. Qxc6 dxe5 15. Rxe5 Bd6 16. Re2 Nf6 17. h3 Qc8 18. Bg5 Qf5 19. Bxf6 Qf4 20. Be5 Bxe5 21. g3 Qf6 22. Qxf6 Bxf6 23. Re3 Rab8 24. b3 c4 25. Kg2 cxb3 26. axb3 Rb6 27. Ra4 Bxc3 28. Rxc3 c6 29. Rc5 g6 30. h4 Rd8 31. Kf3 Rd5 32. Rac4 Rxc5 33. Rxc5 Kf8 34. Kf4 f6 35. g4 Ke7 36. Rc4 Kd6 37. g5 f5 38. Rd4+ Ke6 39. Rd8 Rb4+ 40. Kg3 Rg4+ 41. Kh3 Rf4 42. Rh8 Rxf2 43. Rxh7 Rxc2 44. Rg7 Rc3+ 45. Kg2 Rxb3 46. Rxg6+ Ke5 47. h5 Rb2+ 48. Kf3 Rb3+ 49. Ke2 Rb2+ 50. Kd3 Rb3+ 51. Kc4 Rh3 52. h6 f4 53. Rf6 f3 54. Rf8 Rh5 55. Kd3 a5 56. g6 Rxh6 57. g7 f2 58. g8=Q 1-0

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