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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Jacques Mieses
Exhibition game (1913) (exhibition), Berlin GER, rd 1, Nov-17
Benoni Defense: Benoni-Indian Defense. Kingside move order (A43)  ·  1-0



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May-29-06  paladin at large: Meister Mieses takes a beating - what was the distinguishing feature of an exhibition game in those days? Thanks in advance.
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  keypusher: <paladin at large> Nothing, really, except that it wasn't part of a tournament or match and hence wasn't considered an "official" game. Usually it was played at normal time controls.
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  plang: The idea of 11..Bxc3? and 13..Ng7 just looks weird to modern eyes.
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  maxi: <paladin at large> Actually, during that historic period, the early 20th Century, this type of so-called 'exhibition' game was so denominated because it was played in scanty underwear.
Jun-10-15  TheFocus: This is match game one of a two-game match. It was played on November 17, 1913 in Berlin, Germany.

Capablanca won both games.

Apr-24-19  Plakkiecake: After Black's 15. Ne8? the engine evaluation turns from a 0.5 edge to a whopping 1.2+ for White, already indicating very promising attacking possibilities for White. Needless to say, Capablanca smelled the need to mount the pressure on his opponent and skillfully converted this positional advantage.
Apr-24-19  JimNorCal: 17. ... Na6 looks odd too.
Why not block lines with Nd7/e5
Dec-21-20  Stolzenberg: Playing the Benoni Defense in 1913, after 9. ed Mieses reached a position, which is nowadays seen on top level. Unfortunately, with 9. ... ♘e8 he failed to find a good continuation. Today 9. ... ♖e8, 9. ... ♗g4, 9. ... ♗f5, 9. ... a6 or 9. ... ♘a6 followed by ♘c7 are popular.
Dec-21-20  Stolzenberg: Black did never manage to close the "hole" on e7.
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  kingscrusher: Capablanca seems pretty amazing when facing more hypermodern structures which you might think he would need to improvise more. Here he has average 8 centipawn loss:

I guess black giving up the dark square bishop early on, helped White have a fairly easy to play position

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