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Jose Raul Capablanca vs E Reeve
Simul, 42b (1919) (exhibition), Dudley ENG, Nov-24
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  1-0

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Aug-21-05  paladin at large: "There is a touch of humour here. Black spends four moves trapping a rook, discovers he cannot take it, and spends several moves unwinding the trap; and the rook he would have trapped delivers the final blow" -- from Hooper & Brandreth "The Unknown Capablanca"

14. Ra7 is the key move, an example of Capablanca playing for position and not attack. The white rook need not attack, as it holds a greater black force than itself in limbo. Correspondingly, White has an advantage in force and space for the attack on the kingside. Having tied up his opponent, Capablanca obviously felt comfortable and did not play 22. NxR, but sought a swift end instead.

Played November 24, 1919.

Feb-02-06  CapablancaFan: <paladin at large> You're right! This game is comedy of the highest order! Capa puts his rook deep into enemy territory, the black then surrounds this rook to prevents it's escape and spends several moves doing so. Just when it looks like the rook is gonna go bye-bye, Capa launches a vicious kingside attack. Reeve would like to take the rook, but CAN'T SPARE THE TEMPO'S it takes to do it because he has to defend! What's even more funny is that those same pieces that trapped the rook with the intention to capture are called away because they are needed in the field to aid in defence. The final position is laughable because THAT SAME ROOK will be the piece to deliver the death blow if Capa's queen is captured on move ...27! No wonder Reeve resigned. LOL!
Feb-02-06  RookFile: Yet another example of Capablanca blowing somebody off the board with strong calculation and tactical skills.
Feb-04-06  RankAndFile: <You're right! This game is comedy of the highest order! Capa puts his rook deep into enemy territory, the black then surrounds this rook to prevents it's escape and spends several moves doing so. Just when it looks like the rook is gonna go bye-bye, Capa launches a vicious kingside attack. Reeve would like to take the rook, but CAN'T SPARE THE TEMPO'S it takes to do it because he has to defend! What's even more funny is that those same pieces that trapped the rook with the intention to capture are called away because they are needed in the field to aid in defence. The final position is laughable because THAT SAME ROOK will be the piece to deliver the death blow if Capa's queen is captured on move ...27! No wonder Reeve resigned. LOL!> How did Capablanca see Ra7 at move 14? That's amazing.
Apr-29-12  WiseWizard: Poor bishop, after the queen your next.
Aug-17-18
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  fredthebear: The misguided Black knight goes from Nd7-Nf8, making the sacrifice 23.Nxg7 possible. A short time later, the same Black knight returns from Nf8-Nd7, making the sacrifice 27.QxRe7 possible. Capablanca's accuracy and adaptability makes Black look silly.
Aug-17-18  maxi: Some nice comments here, particularly the old one by <CapablanaFan>.
Aug-17-18
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  MissScarlett: <E Reeve A Douche>

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