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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Samuel Reshevsky
AVRO (1938), The Netherlands, rd 12, Nov-24
Gruenfeld Defense: Brinckmann Attack. Reshevsky Gambit (D83)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-07-05  WorldChampeen: Tripled Pawns per move 15; I know this isn't all that rare; perhaps Quadrupled has occurred; but it'd be tough.
May-07-05  RookFile: Reshevsky handled this quite
dynamically, because Capa did have
a queenside majority.
Aug-29-05  Whitehat1963: Well played on both sides.
Aug-07-09  WhiteRook48: Capablanca had a bad tournament
Nov-26-11  AnalyzeThis: Capa said the travel fatigued him and he had to play on auto pilot in a lot of games. Here in the ending he doesn't squeeze Reshevsky as much as he typically would.
Mar-24-12  capanegra: The position after 35.Rxa2:

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In the AVRO tournament book, Euwe says that he cannot assert this is a dead draw position, since White has the possibility to resolve his doubled Pawns. However, 39.f5? was very careless, throwing away the Pawn for nothing. Some comments made by him:

<39.f5? Not the right solution. White should have prepared this advance more carefully.>

<40…Kg6. This explains the mistake 39.f5? Capablanca simply overlooked that the black Pawn on f5 could be defended.>

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  plang: 6 Rc1 was a new move. Reshevsky spent 50 minutes before replying 6..c5. Trying to preserve the bishop with 11 Bg3..Bd7 12 Nc3..Nxc3 13 bxc..Bc6 14 Nf3..Nd7 would have led to an advantage for Black 14..Nc6 would have been an improvement and only after 15 0-0 then 15..Bxf3 16 gxf..Nd4 with a great game for Black. Reshevsky thought that 17..e5 would have been best for Black as after 18 fxe..Bxe5 19 Rcd1..Rxd1 20 Kxd1..Rd8+ 21 Ke2..Bf4 with close to a winning position. Black could have maintained the initiative with 21..Rb8 22 Rc3..Bf4 23 Re1..Re8; instead after 21..Be3? he ended up in an inferior rook ending which he was able to draw without much difficulty.
Feb-11-21  joeld: Is it true that Capa used only 2 minutes on his clock for the entire game?
Feb-12-21  andrewjsacks: Odd game.
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  perfidious: <joeld: Is it true that Capa used only 2 minutes on his clock for the entire game?>

In his youth, perhaps; but late in life, I believe the Cuban grandmaster's legendary speed of play had slowed a mite.

Feb-12-21  Petrosianic: Knowing Reshevsky, he probably used all BUT 2 minutes on the first 20 moves.

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