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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Rolando Illa
Exhibition game (1911), Buenos Aires ARG, Jun-09
Queen Pawn Game: General (D00)  ·  1-0



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Dec-19-06  Whitehat1963: Why not 24...Rxf7?
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  keypusher: <whitehat> 25. Nxe6+
Dec-19-06  Whitehat1963: Whoops! That's why I wouldn't have lasted 15 moves against Capablanca!
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  keypusher: Don't feel bad, not many of us would last long with Sr. Capablanca.
Aug-18-08  chocobonbon: What happens after 27. ...♕e7?
Aug-19-08  chocobonbon: <chocobonbon> I suppose something like: 28.♗xg6, hxg6; 29.♕xg6+, ♕g7; 30.♕xe6+, ♔h8; 31.♖f3. Is that feasible to anyone but me? I guess it was infeasible to Rolando. (I'm a slow study.)
Jan-24-09  blacksburg: i got 60 on guess-the-move. this was a fun little game!

i actually did pretty well with the kingside moves, but the queenside stuff with a4, b3, dxc5, i don't really understand.

ok, 12.a4 maybe stops ...Bb5, exchanging off the light squared bishops.

i guess 16.dxc5 is to clear the a1-h8 diagonal, capa must have seen that the c3 pawn would be moving and Bb2 would be good.

ok, actually it makes sense now. i guessed Ng5 a few times rather early in the game, but before beginning kingside operations with Ng5, Capa "develops" his a1 rook by exchanging it, and plays dxc5, and prepares Bb2. if black doesn't play 17...b4, Capa will just play Bb2 and c4.

by the time Capa plays 20.Ng5, he has settled the queenside and has developed or exchanged every piece. which is much better than playing it on move 12, which is what i would have done.

this reminds me of the section of that vukovic book "the art of attack in chess" when he talks about preconditions for an attack, and how Capa would often, upon gaining a potential attacking position on one side of the board, settle the position on the other side of the board to prevent any possible counterplay before proceeding with the attack.

Jun-10-15  TheFocus: This was one of thirteen exhibition games against the best players of Argentina, played during Capablanca's 1st South American Tour.

This game was played in Buenos Aires on June 9, 1911.

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  HarryP: Capablanca says in My Chess Career that 19... Ne4 is best for Black. And, chocobonbon, after 28.♗xg6, hxg6; 29.♕xg6+, ♕g7; 30.♕xe6+, ♔h8; 31.♖f3, Black could mate in two with 31... Qa1+. Best for White would be, as Capa says in MCC, 30.Qxg7+ Kxg7 31.Nxe6+ Kf7 32.Nxf8, "and with a R and four Pawns for two Bs White should have no trouble in winning."
Jan-20-20  MarkBuckley: An interesting line is 26...Kxf7 [in place of ...Kg8] 27 Qxh7+, Kf6; 28 fxg5+, Ke5?; 29 Qc7+, Bd6; 30 Qc3+, d4; 31 Qxd4 mate

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