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Esteban Canal vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Budapest (1929), Budapest HUN, rd 3, Sep-03
Queen's Indian Defense: Capablanca Variation (E16)  ·  0-1



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Nov-22-03  FeArMySkiLLz: Very Fine play .
May-12-04  Lawrence: Canal was doing fine until move 30, and then little by little Capa just took over the game.
Nov-06-05  CapablancaFan: A VERY RARE Capablanca game where Capa actually blunders and loses a piece!(21.e5!). What's even more amazing than that? Capa continues to play on like material is even, seemingly unfazed! From this point on, as Capa's moves become more accurate, Canal finds it more and more difficult to find a refutation. Suddendly, Canal is forced to return the material with interest, and a few strike blows later by Capa and it's all over for white.

Nov-06-05  Karpova: Capablanca didn't blunder away a piece. he knew that his rook would be stronger than white's knight&bishop.
Nov-06-05  CapablancaFan: Did Capa blunder or was it all part of his bigger scheme? It just looks so much like Canal, up until about move 29, was playing excellent, then it just all fell apart for him. Capa tended to have that kind of effect on his opponents I guess.
Nov-19-05  paladin at large: <CapablancaFan> Karpova is correct - Capa did not blunder. His control of the open b-file, protected passed pawn and pin of the knight with 23. .....Rb1 give him time, after the exchange of rooks, to win White's a-pawn, giving him another passed pawn. Capa demonstrates by his sure handling that he understood what his compensation was.

See Capa vs. Lilienthal 1936 for another masterful handling of rook vs. bishop + knight.

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  Octavia: This is another game, where Chernev in Logical Chess explains the ideas behind the moves brilliantly:

"20 Rxb7 This tempting combination wins 2 pieces for the rook. Has Capablanca been caught off-guard or does he see much further into the position than his opponent?"

He doesn't answer this question, but shows instead how Capablanca then goes on to win - great!

Mar-08-07  Poulsen: Hmm - 45.c7 seems pretty hopeless.
What happens on 45.Kf5?
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  beatgiant: <Poulsen>
On 45. Kf5 Rc5+ 46. Kf4 Re5, White's king is in a box, and after the further 47. Bd3 Kd6 48. Be4 Kc7, it looks like zugzwang and the c-pawn falls anyway.
May-08-10  birthtimes: On 45.Kf5 Rc5+ 46.Kf4 Ke6 47.Ke3 f5 48.Bd3 Rxc6 and Black goes on to win with proper technique...
May-08-10  birthtimes: After 58.Kh3 fxg3 59.Kxg3 h4+ 60.Kh3 Rc3 61.Bd5 Kf4 62.Kxh4 Rxf3 63.Bxf3 Kxf3 64.Kh3 f4 0-1.
Aug-17-10  piscine2000: 32.Nd7! (to be followed by c5) and White is OK. The horse hangs on d3.
Apr-19-16  Howard: So, did Capablanca have a won ending all along ? Or could our POTD today, have salvaged a draw ?
Apr-21-16  Howard: Never thought that I'd accidentally stumble across the answer to my own question just days later !

The website states that
32.Nd7! would have drawn.

Dec-13-20  RandomVisitor: This analysis shows a white advantage - arguably winning - after 25.Rf3!

In the 25...R8b3 line below, white abandons his f-pawn and gives up his a-pawn in exchange for active pieces.

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52/76 1:50:54 +3.41 25...gxf6 26.Kg2 Rd1 27.g4 Rb6 28.Ng3 Kf8 29.Ne4 d3 30.Nxc5 d2 31.Rd3 Rbb1 32.Kh3 Rb2 33.Bf3 Rc1 34.Ne4 Rxc4 35.Nxd2 Rc5 36.Kg3 f5 37.gxf5 Rxf5 38.h4 Rb6 39.Be4 Rg6+ 40.Kh3 Rxf2 41.Bxg6 hxg6 42.Rd7 a6 43.Kg3 Rf5 44.Nc4 Rf1 45.Nd6 f6 46.Rf7+ Kg8 47.Ra7 Rg1+ 48.Kf3 Rh1 49.Ne4 Kf8 50.Kg3 Rg1+ 51.Kf4 g5+ 52.hxg5 Rf1+ 53.Kg3 fxg5 54.Rxa6 Rd1 55.a4 Ra1 56.Kg4 Ra2

<52/72 1:50:54 +3.71 25...R8b3 26.Rf5 gxf6 27.Kg2 Rd1 28.Bf3 Re1 29.Nd2 Rxa3> 30.Ne4 d3 31.Rd5 a5 32.Nxc5 Rc1 33.Rd7 d2 34.Rxd2 Rxc4 35.Nb7 Kf8 36.Rd7 Rac3 37.Nxa5 Rc5 38.Nb7 Rc7 39.Rxc7 Rxc7 40.Nd6 Ra7 41.Nf5 Ra5 42.Be4 Ra4 43.Bd3 Ra3 44.Bc2 Ra2 45.Ne3 Kg8 46.h3 Kh8 47.Kf3 Kg8 48.Be4 Rd2 49.Nf5 h5 50.h4 Ra2 51.Kg2 Ra3 52.Ne3 Ra2 53.Nd5 Kg7

51/67 1:50:54 +3.78 25...R1b3 26.Rf4 gxf6 27.Rxf6 Rd8 28.a4 Ra3 29.Kg2 Rxa4 30.Rf3 Ra2 31.g4 Rc2 32.Ra3 Rd7 33.Ng3 Re7 34.g5 Rc3 35.Ra6 Re5 36.Ne4 Rc2 37.Rxa7 d3 38.Ra1 Kg7 39.Kf3 h6 40.h4 hxg5 41.hxg5 Re2 42.Nxc5 Rxd5 43.cxd5 Re5 44.Kf4 Rxd5 45.Ne4 d2 46.Rd1 Rd3 47.Ke5 Kg6 48.f4 f6+ 49.Nxf6

Dec-17-20  RandomVisitor: A final look after the curious 25.Rf3!

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<66/90 38:10:40 +3.51 25...gxf6> 26.Kg2 Rd1 27.g4 Rb6 28.Ng3 Kf8 29.Ne4 d3 30.Nxc5 d2 31.Rd3 Rbb1 32.Kh3 Rb2 33.Bf3 Rc1 34.Ne4 Rxc4 35.Nxd2 Rc5

66/73 38:10:40 +3.97 25...R8b3 26.Rf5 Re1 27.fxg7 Re7 28.Nd2 Rxa3 29.Rg5 Ra6 30.Bf3 Rae6 31.Rxc5 Re5 32.Rc8+ Re8 33.Rxe8+ Rxe8 34.c5 Kxg7 35.Kf1 Re5

65/86 38:10:40 +4.32 25...R1b3 26.Rf4 Rf8 27.a4 Ra3 28.Kg2 Rxa4 29.Nd2 d3 30.Nb3 Ra2 31.Nxc5 d2 32.Rd4 Rb8 33.Ne4 gxf6 34.c5 Rc2 35.c6 Rbb2

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