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Juan Corzo vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Capablanca - Corzo (1901), Havana CUB, rd 10, Dec-13
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Staunton Variation (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-05-05  who: Fritz finds the very elegant 31.b5!! which leads to two connected passed pawns, which can only be stopped with the sacrifice of the bishop.
Aug-05-05  aw1988: It doesn't deserve two exclams and I wonder why Corzo missed it. The rook is after all pinned.
Aug-05-05  Calli: Yes, little Capa erred with 29...g3? Should have played Nf6 immediately.
Aug-28-05  LeSwamp: A) 9.Bxe4?! There is no reason to get rid of this excellent bishop! 9.Re1 ; 9.cxd5 cxd5 10.Nc3 (10.Re1!?) Nxc3 (10...Re8 11.Re1 Nxc3! 12.Rxe8+ (12.bxc3 ) Qxe8 13.bxc3 ) 11.bxc3 ; 9.Qb3!?=/

B) 10...Bf5!? Why not 10...f5! 11.Nc3 Be7 with idea Be6=

C) 12.Re1. Better is 12.Ncxe4 Bxe4 (12...Bxh2+ 13.Kxh2! Bxe4 14.Nxe4 Qh4+ transposes) 13.Nxe4 Bxh2+! 14.Kxh2! Qh4+ 15.Kg1 Qxe4 16.Bg5 =/ ; 12.Ncxe4 Bxh2+ or 12...Bxe4 would transpose into 12.Ncxe4 ; 12.g4!? Bg6! 13.Nxe4= or 13.Ngxe4=

D) 12...Re8?! 13.c5! Capablanca's turn to go wrong! 12...Nf6! 13.Ngxe4 (13.Ncxe4 Nxe4 14.Nxe4 would transpose) Nxe4! 14.Nxe4 Bxh2+! 15.Kxh2 Qh4+ 16.Kg1 Bxe4 =

E) 15...Re6?! 16.Bg5! White clear advantage. Again, Capablanca follows a dubious path... 15...h6!

F) 18...b5!?/?!. Black had 18...b6 19.Bf4 Qb7 White clear advantage ; also 18...Qc8 White clear advantage.

G) 22...Qxb3? This time, it is a serious error which gives White a winning game. 22...Bxb3! 23.Qd2 (23.Qc3 Bd5 with idea Nf8 Clear advantage White ; 23.Qe2 a5 Clear advantage White) Bd5 with idea Nf8 Clear advantage White.

H) 24...Nb8. Better was 24...Nf8. The rook cannot take the pawn/c6 immediately, because of the fork by Bd5.

I) 25...Bc2?! Better was 25...Be6 .

J) 27.Bd8? There were 27.Be3 with idea b2-b4, winning ; 27.Bf4 Nd7 28.b4 winning also.

K) 28.Bb6!?/?! Spectacular, but not the best. Better were : 28.Be7 a5 29.b4! a4 30.b5! cxb5 31.Nxb5 (only move) Bb3 32.c6 Nb6! 33.c7 ; or 28.d5 cxd5 29.c6 Rxd8 30.Nb7! d4 (30...Nb6 31.Nxd8 d4 transposes) 31.Nxd8 Nb6 32.Kf1 with Corzo winning.

L) 29.b4?! Slowly, Corzo is spending his advantage. 29.Nc4 with idea of Bc7 followed by Nb6 or Nd6, or even Ne5 if the black knight goes away ; 29.f3 Nf6! 30.Kf2 with idea Ke1, Kd2 - huge advantage White ; 29.Bc7 Nf6 (29...h5 30.f3 huge advantage White) 30.Nc4! huge advantage White.

M) 29...g6??. Almost incredible. Just as Capablanca was heading towards a saved game, boom! The blunder! As Calli pointed out above : 29...Nf6! with idea Nd5. Black would still be in the cables, but nothing is lost.

N) 30.f3 . Missing 30.d5! cxd5 31.b5! a5 32.Bc7 a4 33.c6! Ne5 34.f4! Nxc6 35.bxc6 with Corzo winning.

O) 31.Nc4?? Gives up the win. Now we are slowly heading towards a drawn game. As Who indicated : Corzo would get the win by 31.b5! cxb5 32.Nxb5 (only move)

Apr-11-14  VSP: Can someone explain to the noob I am why players did not continue to play ? I don't see why it can be stated that it is a draw game, because one of the two players can still make an error and give the win to the other.
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  cro777: This was 10th match game. The match was for the best of seven games (draws not counting). The result was +4-3=6 (Capablanca won).

Position after 41...Ke6

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According to my sources, White played here 42.g4.

Why players did not continue to play? White's pawn majority is blocked and there is nothing he can do. For instance,

42.g4 h5 43.gxh5 gxh5 44.Nxd5 (44.Na8 Kd7; 44.g4 Ne7) Kxd5 45.Ke3 (45.Bd8 Bf1) Bf1 46.g3 f5 47.Kf4 Be2

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Apr-25-14  VSP: Ok Cro777
Thanks for your answer.

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