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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Octavio Trompowsky
Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-A (1939), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 15, Sep-18
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E01)  ·  1-0



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Aug-09-04  notyetagm: Capa was <+7 =9 -0> on board 1 for the Cuban team at the 1939 Buenos Aires Olympiad. This <undefeated> performance earned Capa the gold medal for board 1, even though the Cuban team finished 11th overall.
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  Gypsy: If 32...Bxb3, then 33.Bb7 Rd8 34.a5 easily wins.
Aug-09-04  Saruman: Gypsy; I guess you meant 31.-bxb3 etc, anyway perhaps you missed 33.Bc7! instead of a5.
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  Gypsy: Actually, I just think immediate 34.a5 is stronger still <Saruman>. Black can not stop that pawn without heavy casualties. The d8 rook is no match for the d6 bishop -- 35.Bc7 is still one of the threats and if 34...Nb8 then 35.a6 decides the game.
Aug-09-04  Saruman: You have a point there perhaps I hadnt analyzed the position that deep :-), ill have to check out later which is the best.
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  Gypsy: Btw, welcome to the site <Saruman>!
Nov-23-04  Whitehat1963: Wow! What a different looking opening for Capablanca.
Nov-23-04  kostich in time: Capablanca was in excellent form at Buenos Aires..played several nice games,though almost exclusively against players of the seond rank. If Alekhine had escaped to America, a Capablanca-Alekhine rematch would almost certainly have taken place. Instead, Alekhine spent the war winning Nazi tournaments and writing such "gems" as "The Aryan concept of attack"( and privately writing careful analysis of the Kashdan-Reshevsky match, in which he was quite complimentary to both non-Aryans)
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  Mateo: 8... Be7?! is not very good, as it allows Capablanca to destroy black's pawn structure on the queenside. Christiansen and Kotov, for instance, played here the more logical 8... Bd7, so that if 9. Nc6 Bc6.
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  Mateo: 10.e4 is good too. White won some games with this natural move.
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  Mateo: If 12. e4 (instead of 12. Na3) 12... Nb6 13. Rd8 Na4 14. Rd7 is unclear. For instance, 14... Rfd8 15. Re7 Rd1 16. Bf1 Rc1 (16... Ba6 17. Nd2) 17. Rb7 Nc5 18. Rb4 Rd8 19. Rc4 Rdd1 20. Rc1 Rc1. It is not sure at all that white can free his rook and knight.
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  Mateo: 22... Ba6? loses a pawn. 22... Be2 was the only move. But after 23. Rd2 Bh5 Capablanca has much a better ending.
Nov-24-05  gmgomes: This was Capablanca┬┤s last official game.
Jun-06-06  Aspirador: After 31... Bxb3, 32. a5 there is still 32... Bd5!
I would prefer 32. Bb7 first.
Dec-28-08  Ulhumbrus: 21 b3 begins to force Black's QB to go to a6 and block Black's a pawn, whereupon after Bc5 the a7 pawn cannot advance so as to evade the attack.
Dec-28-08  visayanbraindoctor: <gmgomes: This was Capablanca┬┤s last official game.>

Finally I have been able to replay Capa's last official game! A smooth Catalan performance against an inaccurately-playing Trompovsky.

Jan-14-09  notyetagm: Capablanca vs Trompowsky, 1939

12 ?

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(VAR) 12 e2-e4 <pin>

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<Mateo: If 12. e4 (instead of 12. Na3) 12... Nb6 13. Rd8 Na4 14. Rd7 is unclear. For instance, 14... Rfd8 15. Re7 Rd1 16. Bf1 Rc1 (16... Ba6 17. Nd2) 17. Rb7 Nc5 18. Rb4 Rd8 19. Rc4 Rdd1 20. Rc1 Rc1. It is not sure at all that white can free his rook and knight.>

(VAR) 14 ♖d8-d7 <fork>

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Hmmm. calls it one of <Capablanca's Oversights>.

< 12.Na3? [A less sophisticated player would have played 12.e4! and won material. Both players must have thought that 12...Nb6 keeps material even, but after 13.Rxd8 Nxa4 comes 14.Rd7! and White wins one of the bishops]>

Who is correct? What does <RYBKA 3> say?

Jan-15-09  nimh: Charles Sullivan is right. R3 proposes the following freeing maneuver:

(1.47): 21.Kg2 Nxe4 22.Bd3 Nc5[] 23.Be2[] Na4 24.Kf3 Nxb2 25.Ke3 Na4 26.Kd2 Rh1 27.h4 Nb6 28.Bd1

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Jan-23-09  RandomVisitor: 1: Jose Raul Capablanca - Trompowsky, Buenos Aires ol (Men) f-A 1939

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Analysis by Rybka 3 : <20-ply>

1. (1.72): 12...Nb6 13.Rxd8 Nxa4 14.Rd7 Rfd8 15.Rxe7 Rd1+ 16.Bf1 Rxc1 17.Rxb7 Nc5 18.Rc7 Na6 19.Rd7 Nb4 20.a4 Nc2 21.Ra3 Rxb1 22.Rf3 Rf8 23.Rc3 Ne1 24.f4 g5 25.fxg5 f5 26.e5 f4 27.g4 Rb8

2. (2.07): 12...Qb6 13.exd5 cxd5 14.Qb3 Qxb3 15.axb3 Bc6 16.Bf4 Bf6 17.Nc3 g5 18.Bd2 a5 19.Rac1 Rfc8 20.Na4 Bxa4 21.Rxc8+ Rxc8 22.bxa4 Bxb2 23.Rb1 Bd4 24.Bxa5 Ra8 25.Rb5

3. (2.09): 12...Bf6 13.exd5 cxd5 14.Nc3 Qb6 15.Qb5 Qxb5 16.Nxb5 Bc6 17.Nd4 Bd7 18.b3 a5 19.f4 Rfc8 20.Bf1 Rc7 21.Rb1 Rac8 22.Bb2 h6 23.Ba6

Jan-24-09  AnalyzeThis: This game was over long before black realized it was.
Jan-24-09  M.D. Wilson: Octavio Figueira Trompowsky de Almeida. What a name.
Feb-23-09  WhiteRook48: maybe Capablanca also wanted to show he was passive when he played 12 Na3
Feb-26-11  Ulhumbrus: After 23 Bc5 Black's Rook finds suddenly itself overworked. It is unable to defend the a7 pawn and defend the back rank as well.
Feb-26-21  Gaito: Capablanca usually liked to steer clear from unnecessary complications, even if sometimes the complications might be favorable to him. That was a good approach to save time and energy. He always sought clarity and simplicity. Take a look at the following diagram:

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The move 12.e4 begs to be played, but presumably Capa rejected it on account of the unnecessary complications that would arise after that move. For example: 12.e4 Nb6 13.Rxd8 Nxa4 14.Rd7 Rfd8 15.Rxe7 Rd1+ 16.Bf1 Rxc1 17.Rxb7 Nc5 18.Rb4 (or else 18.Rc7 Nxe4) Rd8 19.Rc4 Rdd1 (see diagram below):

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This is a very complicated position where White has a piece to the good but his Q-side pieces can't be developed yet, for instance: 20.Rxc1 Rxc1 21.Kg2 Nxe4 (diagram):

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I am sure that Capablanca just wouldn't have liked to play White in this position, even if he has an extra piece for a pawn.

Feb-26-21  Gaito: Where did Black go wrong in the opening? A critical moment was after 16.Bf4 (see diagram below):

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Black played 16...Rac8?, and that move turned out to be the decisive mistake. He should have played 16...c5! with a good game (maybe equality). For example: 16...c5! 17.b3 Qa6 18.Bc7 Rd4 (see diagram below):

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Black has a playable middle-game, and nothing to fear.

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