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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Urho Kalske
Simul, 30b (1914) (exhibition), Club Academia, Helsinki RUE, Feb-20
Spanish Game: Open. St. Petersburg Variation (C82)  ·  0-1



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Aug-05-09  Xeroxx: How sad.
Aug-05-09  Sbetsho: White should tried.
Sep-30-09  tivrfoa: <Xeroxx: How sad.> Really sad
Apr-30-10  FHBradley: "When young Capablanca was preparing for the great and important tourney in St. Petersburg (Russia) in 1914, he arrived early and had some time to spare. This made it possible for him to visit Finland and give a couple simultaneous displays after the invitation by the budding Helsinki Chess Club. At that time Finland was regarded as unknown wasteland in the World's Chess Map (It might still be for all I know…). However, Capablanca was one of the firsts, if not the first, world-class chess celebrity to visit Finland. Everyone was excited. The first simul, on 19th Feb.1914, displayed all the way as Capablanca's usual domination with the result of 25 wins, 5 draws, no losses. The audience applauded loudly and threw Capablanca in the air after the simul. Next day a new simul was arranged at the Club Academica, where the young promising players from the university took place. The result was this time 22 wins, 1 draw - and 7 losses (!), which must be one of the worst results in Capablanca's career."
May-02-10  BobCrisp: One place where all visiting masters had to be on their mettle was Riga.

<He started on the 12th September with a large simultaneous display on forty boards in Riga. The opposition was very strong and this exhibition produced what must have been the most disastrous result in simultaneous play in Alekhine's career. He could only manage to win nine games and had to concede sixteen draws and fifteen losses, i.e., a score of 42.5%.>

This took place just three weeks before the start of his world title defence againt Euwe so it must rate as the worst simul result ever by a world champion.

Jun-15-15  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in Helsinki, Finland on February 17, 1914.

Capablanca scored +25=5-0.

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  MissScarlett: Baburin gives the date of this game as the 20th February, 1914, but Hooper/Brandreth (<The Unknown Capablanca>) have 18th February.
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  MissScarlett: <Capablanca gave simultaneous displays in Helsinki on 19 and 20 February 1914 and not 17 and 18 as stated in <The Unknown Capablanca>.> Edward Winter, <Capablanca>, p.312, McFarland, 1989.
Mar-21-18  mifralu: This source → scroll down to (18)

has 18 February 1914 30 boards +25 -0 =5
and 19 February 1914 30 boards +22 -7 =1

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