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Nikolai Riumin vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Moscow (1936), Moscow URS, rd 12, May-29
Reti Opening: General (A09)  ·  0-1



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Aug-13-05  paladin at large: If I understand it correctly, 31....g5 is a deep move, sacrificing (temporarily) the h pawn, whereby white's knight goes temporarily hors de combat to take it. Black's king side, his weak side, is then "set" as the black king can ward off any further damage. Capablanca uses the time white needs to get his awkward knight back into play to regain a pawn in the center and force the decision on the queen side.

Aug-13-05  Koster: Love it when players with white play for the draw and lose the endings.
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  Mateo: A most interesting ending. This is Capablanca at the top of his art.

The decisive mistake was 34.Bd1? Riumin should have played 34. Bb1.

Instead of 35. a3 actually played, 35. b3 Nb5 36. Bf3 (36. Bc2 Nc3 37. a4 Ne2-d4 ) Nc3 37. Bd5 ed .

Instead of 36. Bb3 actually played, 36. Bf3 Nf3 37. gf Bd5 38. Kg2 f5 39. gf (39. Kg3 f4 , zugswang coming fast) ef 40. Ng3 Kf6 41. Nf1 (41. Ne2 g4 42. Ng1 f4 , zugswang) g4 42. Nd2 f4 (zugswang). Black wins.

38. b4? loses quickly.

After 38. a4, 38... a5 should win for black. 39. Ne2 (39. Nf1 Nb3 40. Ne3 Nc5 41. b3 Nb3 42. Nc4 Ke7 43. Nb6 Kd6 44. Kf1 Kc6 45. Nc8 Nc5 ) Nc4 40. b3 Ne5 41. f3 Nd3. Now the black king will move to the queen side to b4, and if white wants to move his own king to the queenside to defend the b3 pawn, he must first move his knight. But this he cannot do. For instance, 42. Kf1 Ke7 43. Nd4 Nc5 44. Ke2 e5 45. Nf5 Kd7 .

Dec-30-05  setebos: Capa gets payback after his loss to Riumin the previous year
Jan-06-15  cornflake: This game is also a good example of how to play against the isolated queen pawn type of pawn structure.
Jan-07-15  alfiepa: Simply CAPA

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