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Louis Bernard Zapoleon vs Jose Raul Capablanca
"Zapoleon Blown Apart" (game of the day May-27-2012)
American National (1913), New York, NY USA, rd 9, Jan-31
Indian Game: Wade-Tartakower Defense (A46)  ·  0-1



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  Check It Out: That pun cracked me up!
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  Phony Benoni: <offramp> This was the first of two national-level events Capablanca played at New York in 1913. He started this event 10-0, but lost to Jaffe in round 11 and finished with draws against Chajes and Marshall, ending up 1/2-point ahead of the latter.

In the Summer, Capablanca was credited with a 13-0 score at the Rice Chess Club Summer Tournament. I put it that way because two of the players withdrew very early (after rounds 1 and 4), but their games were included as losses in the final crosstable instead of being cancelled and disregarded. This allowed Capablanca to match Lasker's 13-0 feat at New York 1893. (He actually did face one of the dropouts, so scored 12-0 in games actually played.)

May-27-12  ChessMystery: Wow, that was amazing, very cool game by Capa :)
May-27-12  goodevans: The best thing about this game is the pun. A contender for my all time top favourite list.

Of course Capa's play was exemplary but his opponent made a succession of really poor decisions. Capa put him into positions where he had to think and he showed himself to not be up to the task.

May-27-12  Llawdogg: That pin would have bothered me enough to put my bishop on e2 right away and then castle. That was ridiculous.
May-27-12  Abdel Irada: To judge by Zapoleon's play, an entire colony of black cats must have crossed his path before this chessic Waterloo.
May-27-12  ChessMystery: I think the biggest mistake of white here was to give up its queenside so fast and so easy, is that right?
May-27-12  Rook e2: Capa tortured him. LOUIS B ZAPOLEON has no wins in the database, but he has a draw against Marshall
May-27-12  LoveThatJoker: Awesome game by the budding WC Capablanca!



May-27-12  Lil Swine: like the pun
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  Honza Cervenka: 18.Rc1 looks like a decisive mistake. Instead of that 18.Na7 forcing black to sac an exchange was much better.
May-27-12  phoenix of zeravand: black finishing it realy beautiful
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  FSR: Congrats to <Phony Benoni> on the excellent pun!
May-27-12  The Big Lebowski: Capablanca plays this game like an avalanche!
May-27-12  King Sacrificer: I didn't know there's a tower defense in chess.
May-27-12  jhelix70: LOL


May-27-12  JohnBoy: Nice pun, weak game. White must have thought the black queen was getting trapped - otherwise I can't understand his play.
May-27-12  CharlyNY: Im in a public place, and I was laughing so hard at the pun that the people started looking funny at me.

it's a weak game, but the pun is good because Zapoleon really was blown apart in the tactics. DonĀ“t try to mess with Capa!

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  SteinitzLives: During this game white must have felt a monkey on his back, and when it was over, he just had to reach into the future and sing or at least caterwaul:

May-27-12  TheTamale: <waustad>: I like your description of the game. Very apt.
May-27-12  Oceanlake: Think xthred hit the nail on the head. 5. Be2 looks sane.
May-27-12  Abdel Irada: PB, I hope this won't alarm you, but I think you and I are both alumni of the same pun-itentiary. I've been guilty of the following riddle for decades: "Q.: What would the headlines have read following the battle of Waterloo if the British had access to heavy artillery? A.: 'Napoleon blown apart.'"

As you see, great minds think alike. And so do ours. ;-)

May-29-12  kevin86: Quaint:to fork a king and queen with a PAWN!

Russian dives on a granade:Destroyed-evsky

Frenchman dives on grenade: Napoleon blown-apart.

American falling on grenade: Lucky-it was a dud!

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  Diademas: Played at Zaterloo?
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  FSR: <Phony Benoni: <offramp> This was the first of two national-level events Capablanca played at New York in 1913. He started this event 10-0, but lost to Jaffe in round 11 and finished with draws against Chajes and Marshall, ending up 1/2-point ahead of the latter.>

So Zapoleon's draw in L B Zapoleon vs Marshall, 1913 deprived Marshall of a tie for first - though I daresay Capablanca would have tried harder against Chajes (draw in 22) and Marshall (draw in 18) if he'd had to.

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