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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Walter Penn Shipley
"Abandon Shipley" (game of the day Jan-27-2007)
Simul, 31b (1924) (exhibition), Philadelphia, PA USA, Oct-11
French Defense: McCutcheon. Exchange Variation (C12)  ·  1-0



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May-10-05  WorldChampeen: "Shipley and Capablanca had long been friends. Indeed, Capablanca, on March 3, 1911, several months before the game below was played, had very happily provided Shipley, then about to take a trip to Cuba, with a letter of introduction to Sr. Dón Paredes, the President of the Havana Chess Club.(6) That Capablanca in another letter might have himself supplied Shipley with the following game, for publication in Shipley’s Inquirer column, is certainly the most logical hypothesis for a hitherto forgotten simultaneous game from Buenos Aires appearing in a Philadelphia paper." -

There is another game on the above cited webpage, a draw with Shipley and Shipley asserts he has the better in Argentina this time, both games seem to 34 moves, the French Defence so I had to double check to make sure they are not the same game:

The game was drawn because "He (Capablanca) cannot avoid the threat of ...Rc1 except by the perpetual check"

Jan-27-07  think: 34....Kf7 35. h5 and Black is in zugzwang.
Jan-27-07  tatarch: What's more frustrating than being one tempo behind in a king/pawn endgame? Capa prolly had people punching the walls in disgust back in his day.
Jan-27-07  Themofro: Typical game by Capa both in his play and by trading off early to reach the endgame, all peices off the board by move 23!
Jan-27-07  Karpova: The impressive part is not Capablanca's excellent technique but his vision to spot these chances early and then go for the endgame when it's winning or extremely difficult to defend
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  OhioChessFan: 0-0-0 looks like a waste of time. Took an extra move to get the Rook back to the b file
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  Pawn and Two: At New York 1924, Capablanca had introduced the move 8.Qd2 in his game with Alekhine. Alekhine responded with 8...Nd7, and 9.c4 Qe4+ 10.Ne2 followed.

In his notes to that game, Alekhine had suggested an alternative for Black of 8...c5 9.Qe3 Nd7 (or 9...cxd4 10.cxd4 Nf6 11.c3) 10.Ne2.

Shipley played Alekhine's suggested move of 8...c5, and may have had an improvement in mind. The French Defense was a favorite opening for Shipley. However, Capablanca changed the course of the game first with 9.Nf3.

On the afternoon of October 11th, 1924, Capablanca played a consultation game against Sydney Sharp, Walter Shipley and W.H. Stewart. A drawn game with Capablanca playing the Black side of a Caro-Kann.

In the evening of October 11th, 1924, Capablanca conducted a simultaneous display in Philadelphia, including this game against Walter Shipley. Capablanca scored +22 -1 =8.

Jan-27-07  kevin86: Black's king must yield to a lethal entrance of the white king at g6 or e6-without any counterplay.

I like how Capa gave up his castling opportunity to enable the kr to enter quickly at b1.

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  fm avari viraf: Great Capa was well known for his end game mastery but how come Shipley didn't realise & tried to test Capa? After Capa, it was Karpov who emulated him in great style!
Jan-27-07  toomanygambits: Why doesn't white play 5. e5?
Jan-27-07  Shams: toomanygambits, 5.e5 h6 is the main line now.
Jan-27-07  CapablancaFan: <fm avari viraf><Great Capa was well known for his end game mastery but how come Shipley didn't realise & tried to test Capa?> Excactly. Going into an endgame with Capa is almost tantamount to giving up hope of winning. Shipley is in a hopeless situation. He will soon be forced to "abandon" the f6 pawn. Further play was simply futile.
Jan-27-07  laskereshevsky: HELLO
In the CAPA's hands
everything looks so simple and easy....
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  fm avari viraf: < CapablancaFan > U r perfectly right, it's totally lost end game.
Jul-27-08  randzo: hh the ending with qeenside pawns is joking
Jul-27-08  Alphastar: You could say it's zugzwang after 34. ..Kf7 35. h5, but in more specific terms, black will have to make a king move and thus loses control over either the e6-square or the g6-square, which the white king will use to penetrate the position.
Mar-27-12  Naniwazu: <fm avari viraf: Great Capa was well known for his end game mastery [...]>

Though he was undoutedly a very good endgame player, I believe Fischer once said of Capa: "He had the totally undeserved reputation of being the greatest living endgame player. His trick was to keep his openings simple and then play with such brilliance that it was decided in the middle game before reaching the ending -- even though his opponent didn't always know it."

Oct-03-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Capablanca vs W P Shipley, 1924.
Your score: 70 (par = 69)


May-05-15  Blind Pigs: <naniwazu:"Though he was undoutedly a very good endgame player, I believe Fischer once said of Capa..."> Fischer was always talking out his behind (e.g. When he said Lasker wasn't one of the greats because he was just a "coffee house player"). The chess community made him eat his words on that one. BTW, Fischer was never considered an endgame virtuoso, and his statement about Capa could be more aptly self-applied.
Dec-27-15  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 11, 1924.

Capablanca scored +22=8-1.

Source is <Unknown Capablanca> by Brandreth and Hooper.

Mar-05-21  gary11201: Fischer's comment sounds to me like a compliment. He's saying that Capablanca was so good that he could in the middle game set up an end game in which a win could be forced. I wish I were that good!

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