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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Samuel R Barrett
Simul, 18b (1908) (exhibition), Philadelphia, PA USA, Jan-25
Nimzowitsch Defense: Kennedy. Linksspringer Variation (B00)  ·  0-1



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Mar-13-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Even Capa could take the day off...
May-16-06  Dr. Funkenstein: Well this must have been pretty casual for Capablanca.

I wonder what Barretts reaction was to 34. h4. Who would think that Capablanca would really allow the combination that follows to win a piece. I bet he thought for a long time and finally said to heck with it and played Ra1+

Jul-12-08  grasser: I doubt this was really played. Too many mistakes for the real Capa.
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  MissScarlett: Found confirmation that this game was from Capa's simul display in Philadelphia on January 25th 1908, one of his earliest exhibitions. <The Philadelphia Inquirer>, February 2nd, 1908, Sec.2, p.9, gives a full result list, including Barrett's victory using an 'irregular' opening. Absolute confirmation will come if I can locate the game score in a later issue.
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  MissScarlett: <The Unknown Capablanca> gives the simul score as +16 -2 =1, but I'm going with the paper's total of +15 -2 =1.
Nov-19-16  Cheapo by the Dozen: Looks like he tried a speculative sacrifice and failed with it.
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  GrahamClayton: <Dr. Funkenstein> I wonder what Barretts reaction was to 34. h4. Who would think that Capablanca would really allow the combination that follows to win a piece. I bet he thought for a long time and finally said to heck with it and played 34...♖a1+

<Dr. Funkenstein>, If I had the chance to go a piece up in a simul against a future world champion, I'd take it too! Being a piece up means that you can always return the piece later if your position deteriorates.

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