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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Brooklyn Chess Club
"Brooklyn Mating Nets" (game of the day May-16-2020)
Simul, 50b (1931) (exhibition), 7th Regiment Armory, New York, NY USA, Feb-12
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation (D50)  ·  1-0



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Jan-03-16  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in New York, New York on February 12, 1931.

Capablanca scored +28=16-6.

Source is New York newspapers.

Brooklyn Chess Club was Bruzza, Leu, Dietz and Varnum.

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  offramp: 34...hxg5 is no good owing to 35.Nxg5+ Kh6 36.Rh8#. GG!
May-16-20  Brenin: The possible mating nets after 34 ... g6 35 Rd7+ are very pleasing.
May-16-20  AlicesKnight: Something here of what Capablanca himself called the "sudden attack from a different side" in his 'Chess Fundamentals'; the action is Q-side and all Black's pieces are offside at move 29; Capa suddenly strikes with R and K-side Ps, the Knights join and Black's pieces are strikingly statuesque.
May-16-20  newzild: <Brenin> Yes, although 34...g6 35. Nf6+ is quicker.
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  OhioChessFan: Pretty nice pun.
May-16-20  MaczynskiPratten: Amazing to see what Capablanca conjures up from a completely innocuous position with just a Rook and two minor pieces each. When Brooklyn CC exchanges Queens they probably thought that was the end of any attacking prospects for either side. Capablanca gradually outplays them from a position of almost complete symmetry. This is reminiscent of his remarkable game against Bogolyubov at Bad Kissinger 1928, one of the very greatest positional games ever.
May-16-20  morfishine: Capa lost 6 out of 50 in this simul, not very good for a player of his stature
May-16-20  MaczynskiPratten: Bogoljubov vs Capablanca, 1928 is the Bogo-Capa game
May-16-20  Atking: 24...Ba6 looks at least equal.
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  OhioChessFan: 20...Ra2 is the move I don't get. It's not bad, but how a group of decent players would choose that instead of simply NxP is a mystery.
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  Phony Benoni: <morfishine> It wasn't a typical simul. Capablanca was facing teams of four players from area clubs. They didn't send their strongest players, but it was a far more difficult task than facine 50 random players from Dry Gulch.

When Alekhine tried a similar display in November, 1932, his score was a similar +30 =14 -6. It wasn't easy!

For example, the victorious team from the Manhattan Chess Club (Capablanca vs Manhattan, 1931) consisted of Reuben Fine, Donald MacMurray, and Llewellyn Walter Stephens. Fine and MacMurray were only 16 and nowhere near their peaks, but were still formidable opponents in their own right.

More details can be found in <MissScarlett>'s Game Collection: 1931 Capablanca NYC Armory simul

May-16-20  morfishine: <Phony Benoni> Thanks <PB> That explains that!
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  HeMateMe: back in the day the community colleges of NYC ("CC") were high powered institutions of learning. The best known was City College in Harlem, an engineering school. It graduated ten Nobel Price winners:

<Located in Hamilton Heights overlooking Harlem in Manhattan, City College's 35-acre (14 ha) Collegiate Gothic campus spans Convent Avenue from 130th to 141st Streets.[6] It was initially designed by renowned architect George B. Post, and many of its buildings have achieved landmark status. The college has graduated ten Nobel Prize winners, one Fields Medalist, one Turing Award winner, three Pulitzer Prize winners, and three Rhodes Scholars.[7][8][9][10] Among these alumni, the latest is a Bronx native, John O'Keefe (2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine).[11] City College's satellite campus, City College Downtown in the Cunard Building at 25 Broadway, has been in operation since 1981. It offers degree programs for working adults with classes in the evenings and Saturdays. [12] >

Brooklyn College was also top notch. Things have changed and the community colleges of NYC have no special distinction, but 'City College', Harlem, is still a competitive engineering school.

When I played chess on my college team Brooklyn CC had a 7 board team that would play other schools. They had five master titled players on those boards, unusual for the '80s.

May-16-20  RandomVisitor: After 29.h4 black can have an even game with 29...Rb2, putting the rook behind the passed pawn.

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<66/17 47:02 0.00 29...Rb2 30.Nc5 Rxb4> 31.Nbd7 Nxc5 32.Nxc5 Be2 33.Rd8+ Kh7 34.Nd7 Kg6 35.f3 Rb1+ 36.Kh2 Rb2 37.Kg1

May-16-20  RandomVisitor: After 29...Nxb4? it is game over, insert coin

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<44/81 04:35 +3.26 30.Rd8+ Kh7 31.Nd7> Nc6 32.Re8 Ra1+ 33.Kh2 Rd1 34.Nf8+ Kg8 35.Nxe6+ Kh7 36.Nf8+ Kg8 37.Nd7+ Kh7 38.Nec5 Bb5 39.h5 Ne5 40.Nf8+ Kg8 41.Rc8 Ng4+ 42.Kg3 Nf6 43.Nfd7+ Kh7 44.Nxf6+ gxf6 45.Rc7 Kg7 46.Ne6+ Kg8 47.Nd4 Bd3 48.f3 Rd2 49.Rc6 Bf1

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  thegoodanarchist: <Phony Benoni:

They didn't send their strongest players, but it was a far more difficult task than facine 50 random players from Dry Gulch.>

Hey, pal! I'm a member of Dry Gulch Chess Club and I don't appreciate you taking cheap shots at our chess!

May-16-20  Albion 1959: Six losses out of 50 sounds like a lot, but put in context, these were evidently strong players playing as a team of four. As a collective, that's 200 against one ! These guys were almost certainly not rabbits like you would normally get in a large simul. For example in 1935, Capa played 10 opponents who rated as first category, he even took black in some of these games. His final score 3+4-3= Four losses out of ten sounds bad, until you put it into context !
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  Phony Benoni: A little fix to my post above: the players on the Manhattan CC team were Reuben Fine, Donald MacMurray, Edward Schwartz, and Llewellyn Walter Stephens.

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