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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Robert Raubitschek
"Raubit in the Headlights" (game of the day Dec-16-2011)
Casual game (1906), New York, NY USA, Sep-25
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67)  ·  1-0



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Dec-16-11  Riverbeast: El hombre mas suave...La cerveza MAS fina...

...del mundo

Dec-16-11  erniecohen: <gofer> after 32...♖b8c8 33. ♖7b5, it's over, but not for Black: 33...♕g1+! 34. ♔xg1 d1♕+ 35. ♔h2 ♕d6+ 36. ♖e5 (anything else leads to a quick mate) 36...♕xe5+ 37. g3 ♕e2+.
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  Domdaniel: <Riverbeast> -- < El hombre mas suave> ... This refers to the outer casing of La cerveza? It was pretty sharp too, at that.
Dec-16-11  erniecohen: <gofer: <31 ... Qe3> does seem to hold. I can't break it!> White can get to a pretty favorable ending (see the line above). Something like this with White to play:

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I wouldn't bet on Black surviving this.

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  scormus: Neat pun. Capa's heavy artillary and light infantry close in slowly but inexorably. B shuffles his forces back and forth and even makes a break for safety. But like a <reindeer> caught in the beam of the oncoming vehicle headlights, never escapes its fate.
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  Penguincw: Interesting mating net.
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  ajk68: <gofer>: I think the threat of perpetual check and the queen sac on g1 allow 29...Qd3 to hold.
Dec-16-11  rapidcitychess: <scormus>

*rabbit ;)

The resemblance to an animal in front of a moving car is astonishing. Black seems to sit back at the oncoming pawn storm in absolute terror.

Dec-16-11  Magic Castle: <ajk68>. You must mean 29. ...Qd4 since Qd3 at move 29 is not possible. Anyway, that is refuted by the following lines: 29. Qd4 30.Rc4 Qf2 31. Re4 Re4 ( If black avoids the rook exchange, e.g. 31... Rf8, then 32. Rb4, defending against the perpetual check and mate cannot be avoided.) 32. Rb8 Kb8 33. Qb7#.
Dec-16-11  erniecohen: <Magic Castle: <ajk68>. You must mean 29. ...Qd4 since Qd3 at move 29 is not possible. Anyway, that is refuted by the following lines: 29. Qd4 30.Rc4 Qf2 31. Re4 Re4 32. Rb8 Kb8 33. Qb7#>

Sorry, your refutation is refuted by 31...d2.

Dec-16-11  Magic Castle: <erniecohen> Look again 31. .d2 loses to 32. Rb4. Remember the queen cannot leave the diagonal and cannot deliver a check and lastly the rooks captures at b8 with check so d2 is useless.
Dec-17-11  erniecohen: <Magic Castle: <erniecohen> Look again 31. .d2 loses to 32. Rb4. Remember the queen cannot leave the diagonal and cannot deliver a check and lastly the rooks captures at b8 with check so d2 is useless.>

You forgot about 32...♖b8c8, after which White has nothing left (33. ♖b7b5 ♕g1+, which is the whole point of d2).

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  maxi: When I was learning about chess I went thru several of Capa's games. In particular I took a look at this game and was amazed by the tactics of Capa's Queen side attack.

After a few years I came back to Capa, now with more experience, a lot more patience and the rather poor engines available 25 or so years ago.

When I began studing this game the Queen side attack seemed to me to be strategically erroneous, leaving the center to the black pieces and allowing the possibility of an attack by advancing the central Pawns. I remember noticing that 21...e3 (instead of the silly 21...Qf6?) gave Black the advantage.

I also began noticing all kind of errors in his games and annotations.

Capa was a genius, but he was also a minimalist of sorts... He only exerted himself enough to defeat the guy at the other side of the board. Being a genius, that was usually enough. But it is a bad habit, and one that is likely to land a guy eventually in trouble. As it did to him a few years later...

Jun-10-15  TheFocus: One of two casual games played in New York, New York on September 24, 1906 against Raubitschek.

Capablanca won both games.

Jul-04-16  sneaky pete: The other game was played September 24, but this one September 25, if we may believe Capablanca in <My Chess Career>.
Jul-04-16  RookFile: Black seems like he was a pretty good player. Apparently he got a draw against Lasker once. He seems to have left a couple of opportunities slip in this game.
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  MissScarlett: <sneaky pete: The other game was played September 24, but this one September 25, if we may believe Capablanca in <My Chess Career>>

<The Unknown Capablanca> has both games as September 24th. How does Capa phrase it?

May-13-18  sneaky pete: In <My Chess Career> (Dover edition from 1966) Capa phrases <SEPTEMBER 24, 1906> for Game 3, page 15 (the KGA) and <SEPTEMBER 25, 1906> for Game 4, page 17 (the RL).
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  MissScarlett: I wonder if Capablanca made a habit of recording his casual games; perhaps keeping the scores of noteworthy ones. An indication that he did, at this stage of his career, at least, is the survival of Capablanca vs Louis Jacob Wolff, 1906
May-13-18  morfishine: For all you lame game-title artists out there, its "Rabbit in your headlights" NOT "Rabbit in the headlights"

Jeezuz to Peezuz

This leaves me wanting to cry "Uncle!"



May-13-18  Dionysius1: No it's not :-).

Try a google search for rabbit, headlight, Oxford (for dictionary examples of "the")

May-13-18  Dionysius1: I like "Uncle" though - is that Man From, or Bonanza?
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  Ziryab: Raubitschek brings out tactics from Capablanca. He deserves to be better remembered.
May-25-21  sudoplatov: After 31...Qe3, White mates in 3.
However, 29...Qd4 seems to hold.
Jul-05-21  Stanco: 7. N?d7???

(7. Nxf7! Kxf7
8. Qh5+ Ke6 (8...Kf6 9.f3 1:0)
9. Nc3 Nxc3
10. Re1!+ Ne4
11. Rxe4!+ de4
12. Bc4+ Ke7
13. Qf7+ Kd6
14. Qd5+ Ke7
15. Bg5+ Ke8
15. Qf7# )

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