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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Marc Fonaroff
"The Nutty Professor" (game of the day Jul-16-2011)
Casual game (1918), New York, NY USA, Jun-18
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Hedgehog Variation (C66)  ·  1-0



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  northernfox: WooHoo! I got Monday through Thursday this week. The streak should end tomorrow.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Zanzibar *** I checked for the game over at <ChessTempo>, it's not there. ***>

It was a casual game, so it may be missing from some databases, but it has been widely published due to the elegance of its concluding combination.

The historical context of the game has sometimes been reported inaccurately, as detailed by Edward Winter, here:

May-19-16  zanzibar: <Peligroso> yes, you're right. I forgot that <CT> only takes master games.

Too bad, it's a great problem.

Wonder if there's a GM game with the motif revisited?

* * * * * *

As for Winter's article, it's a good ref for the game, and I linked it in my blog post.

May-19-16  erixn: I got this one fairly easily - but probably only because I had just gone over the GOTD with a back rank mate motif quite similar to this game. Good choice, CG!
May-19-16  King.Arthur.Brazil: Beautiful combination! 20. Nh6+ Kh8 (forced),21.Qxe5 (win the B) Qxe5 (if not lose the piece, look g7 is pin, Qc8, 22.Nf5...), 22.Nxf7+ recover the Q and win the B, obviously Rxf7, 22.Rd8+ and mate follow. See it quickly.
May-19-16  King.Arthur.Brazil: Looking at the game, the beggining of all:
17. Rxd6!! (is more impressive! Threatening 18.Rxf6...) Rxd6 18.Bxe5 Rd1 (it is just a desperate move, cause of three threatenings the Rd6, the Qc7 indirectly and Qxg7#). 19.Rxd1 Bxe5 arriving at today problem. I guess that CAPA had all the combination in mind, when he played 17.Rxd6!
May-19-16  Sally Simpson: Hi Zanzibar,

"Wonder if there's a GM game with the motif revisited?"


Alekhine vs Vidmar, 1911

White to play

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Larsen vs E Nievergelt, 1954

White to play. (a Thursday puzzle a while back.)

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May-20-16  zanzibar: <Sally> thanks for those examples.

I found this game also:

(White to move after 19...Red8)

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r2r2k1 /pbq2ppp/1p3b2/1B2nN2/8/1P4Q1/PB3PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 20

It's not exactly sharp, but has the same ideas going in both variations.

From a non-<CG> olm game:

<Takashima, B -- Allaham, M
1-0 (25) A01 1984.11
Thessaloniki olm: Thessaloniki olm (1)>

One idea missing is the WBR, but several of the other tactics are here too.

Feb-22-17  Jimmy720: memorize
Dec-07-17  morfishine: Engines crack this game wide open, but lets not delve into distractions over Capa's achievement over another lesser-opponent

Capa built his legacy by crushing weaker opponents


Dec-07-17  sudoplatov: I have done the side switch a few times. Of course, none of the people involved were more than 1900 players (including me.)

I was watching a casual game from about move 20 or so when one of the players resigned. I thought the position was worse, but extremely complicated and that it could be defended. So I took over; set up a counter attack (lots of pieces on the board; I think only a pair of Knights and a Pair of Pawns had been exchanged.) I won.

Then the original player who had resigned wanted to try his position again (the one I had won from). I won the other side. Causal chess is fun.

Jul-11-18  morfishine: The funny farm is not Fonaroff
Oct-07-18  Eduardo Bermudez B.: One hundred years of this beautiful combination of the best and most outstanding student of Enmanuel Lasker !!
Oct-18-18  Dr Winston OBoogie: How classy is this.. QxB!

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..QxQ .Nxf7!!

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Dec-30-18  HarryP: A beautiful bit 'o Morphy. Was it played during an opera?
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  plang: I had not seen this game - very nice.
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
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  gezafan: <morfishine: Engines crack this game wide open, but lets not delve into distractions over Capa's achievement over another lesser-opponent Capa built his legacy by crushing weaker opponents


That would be everybody.

Sep-25-20  RookFile: <gezafan: That would be everybody.>

Well said.

Mar-08-22  Mathematicar: One of the most beautiful chess games ever.
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  kingscrusher: Wow, Edward Winter has a great page about this game:

Unfortunately black did have a drawing resource as mentioned - 18...Qa5 but it is fun how everyone has got super excited about this game even with the flaw. The humanity flows strong in this casual game being celebrated so much.

May-26-22  Sally Simpson: BCM, April 1992 an article on Fritz (must be Fritz 1) by Steve Maughan who tells us here...

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"After just 12 seconds thought Fritz found the winning line. 1.Nh6+ etc."

These days of course they can do in a nanosecond but back then it was pretty startling. A human today, not knowing the game, would usually take a lot longer.

Back in 1992 it cost £34 which is about £68 today and I've just checked - Fritz 18 cost you £69.95 so it has kept up with inflation.

I'll not be buying one. I'm happy with my freebie Fritz 6.

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  Messiah: Incredible finish, Capa was the real boss.
Aug-15-22  Lucia: real boss a woman.
Oct-12-22  N.O.F. NAJDORF: 19...Qxe5 20. Nh6+ Kh8 21. Qxe5 Bxe5 22. Nxf7+
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