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Borislav Kostic vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Capablanca - Kostic (1919), Havana CUB, rd 2, Mar-26
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Italian Four Knights Variation (C50)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-22-05  paladin at large: I think Maroczy would have been impressed by this queen and pawn endgame. Capablanca protects his king meticulously as the troop slowly moves up the board.
Apr-19-14  RookFile: The defender rushes his king towards the passed f pawn. Natural, but it's exactly what he shouldn't do. If he has a hope, it's to keep his king in a spot where it's hard to check the king and force the queen trade. White has to try for perpetual check himself.
Dec-12-14  Ulhumbrus: 24 Re1 leaves White's d5 pawn defended insufficiently. If White has to defend the d5 pawn he cannot then contest the e file. This suggests that White's d5 pawn has become a target instead of a weapon. One alternative to 24 Re1 is to free the c pawn to advance by 24 Qd3.

This suggests that Kostich had only to make some small concession somewhere and Capablanca - at his peak in 1919 during this match - would take advantage of it, perhaps just like Fischer at his peak in 1971. Here is a link to what <visayanbraindoctor> has to say about Capablanca of 1919 and the Fischer of 1971: visayanbraindoctor chessforum

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