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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Newark Evening News
"Fake News" (game of the day Dec-16-2018)
Simul, 50b (1931) (exhibition), 7th Regiment Armory, New York, NY USA, Feb-12
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Scandavian Defense Exchange Variation (A15)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-06-17  maxi: I am giving a quote quoted in CG Capablanca vs Lupe Requena, 1916 by <MissScarlet>:

<The Falkirk Herald, December 23rd, 1925, p.4: <"Mr Gossip" writes this about "Capa," in "Daily Sketch" :- "Looking more than ever like a typical man about town, Capablanca, the world's chess champion, is paying another of his flying visits to London. Talk to him, and you will find he discusses anything rather than chess.

Sugar is one his favourite topics. He holds a travelling appointment under the Cuban Government, and seldom forgets his country's staple product. I asked him if, when he was playing simultaneously a mixed company, he played less seriously against women opponents. His reply was illuminating.

'Once in New York,' he said, 'I was allowing a pretty and innocent-looking young woman to gain a winning position until I noticed she was being prompted by one of the best players in America who was seated behind her.

'Since then, those who have beaten me have won on their merits.'">

Impossible to know if this should be taken tongue-in-cheek, but if the cap fits, and the errant master was Oscar Chajes...>

Here he was allowing the lady to beat him. I have contributed in CG in Capa games with women how sometimes he plays strangely weak moves.

Jan-06-17  zanzibar: <maxi> <Sally> - I actually think the effect would be the opposite.

If Capa didn't play at Capa-level in a simul the crowd would be sorely disappointed. Therefore, in a spirit of chivalry and fairness, against those 40 women Capa could only win all 40 of the games.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Zanzibar,

I have heard and read of the Capa v women draws but never really believed it. Maybe he allowed an occasional draw for the pretty ones and there no pretty ones at the 9th April 1929 simul.

Jan-06-17  zanzibar: <Sally> right, as Evans(?) said,

"Never let the truth get in the way of a good story"

I suppose one could analyze his simul play/stats to compare, though time always wins out over beauty.

Jan-06-17  zanzibar: (Well, beauty on the outside, anyways)
Jan-06-17  TheFocus: I think that Capablanca giving out draws to pretty women happened mostly when his wife wasn't traveling with him.

Look, say you are a pretty girl willing to play and most likely lose against Capablanca, Latin Lover mystique and all that... and with every pass by him, you get a little flustered. Those dark eyes. Handsome as sin. And he lets you know in some way that you could end the evening with him and red wine.

And to reel you in, he allows you a draw.

Yeah, them panties are coming off!

Jan-07-17  zanzibar: <Focus> Gheesh, the kiddies are still awake.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Zanzibar,

This Capa and the ladies story I do believe, Najdorf says he owes the draw to two beautiful women who were looking at the game and distracted Capa.

Capablanca vs Najdorf, 1939 (kibitz #4)

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  MissScarlett: I'm more inclined to believe Capa's stories than I am Najdorf's.
Jan-07-17  maxi: So Capa is eyeing the two beautiful women and is thinking, "Hmmm, there is a chance later tonight I will give a simultaneous display!"
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Maxi, that was one of the great chat up lines of the 1920's.

"Do you want a draw?"

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  OhioChessFan: "Fake News"
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  OrangeTulip: Very good pun. Capablanca is clearly steering towards a split point. But In a simul with 40 woman a gen like Capa has either to win or to lose all the games. So he has to win all.
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  MissScarlett: It's a rubbish pun.
Dec-16-18  jith1207: A HUUUUUUGGGEEE one, at that.
Dec-16-18  roninmb: I can't understand why Capa played 42. Rdx7. Even I can see that 42. Rf8+ leads to ... 42. Ke7 43. Rxg8 and a queen promotion. If I can see that, and I consider myself much weaker player than he was, I am puzzled.
Dec-16-18  catlover: <I can't understand why Capa played 42. Rdx7.> Good point.

Not only that, but according to Stockfish 34. g6 results in mate in 9 moves.

For whatever reason, Capa seemed to not be playing for a win.

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  thegoodanarchist: <zanzibar: <Focus> Gheesh, the kiddies are still awake.>

heh heh, <zanzibar> hoisted himself on his own petard.

Dec-16-18  AylerKupp: <<TheBish> A better question is why didn't Capa win the knight with 42. Rf8+ instead of trading rooks?>

Yeah, I thought the same thing. But never mind winning the knight, Stockfish 10 indicates it's a mate in 7 after 42...Ke7 43.Rxg8 Rd3 44.Ra8 Rd8 45.Rxd8 Kxd8 46.g8Q+ Kc7 47.Qf7+ Kd8 48.g7 f5 49.g8Q#. Surely Capablanca could have seen this variation, particularly with most of the moves forced.

I thought of 43...f5 as a way to prolong the inevitable with the idea that if 44.exf5 Kf6 and the Pg7 can then be captured. But per Stockfish 10 that runs into a mate in 3 after 44.Bg5+ Ke6 45.Re8+ Re7 46.Rxe7#.

So clearly there were other considerations at work.

Dec-16-18  ChessHigherCat: <Catlover: 34. g6 results in mate in 9 moves.>

34. g6 looks the solution to a problem in "Pawn Power" and the game move looks an exercise in self-destruction.

Dec-16-18  catlover: <CHC 34. g6 looks the solution to a problem in "Pawn Power"> True. The resulting position reminds me of Hans Kmoch's book on that topic.
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  Breunor: Even a 1200 player would find Rf8 ch. Even if he didn't see the mate in 7 in a simul I can't believe he didn't see at least winning the knight and freeing the pawn!

But I guess its possible it was just a mega blunder but posted above, this is such a simple move that another motive seems like it shoudl be given some credence.

Aug-17-20  posoo: lol YIPES da chessplayors r so THIRSTY and they think dat da big branes and ANALISIS will get lots of LUV.

it is ALL most UNSETALING, as there is LOTS of WETLIPED DRULING on these pages.

Aug-18-20  jith1207: go home <posoo>, U r JELUS.
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  perfidious: <<....'Once in New York,' he said, 'I was allowing a pretty and innocent-looking young woman to gain a winning position until I noticed she was being prompted by one of the best players in America who was seated behind her.

'Since then, those who have beaten me have won on their merits.'">

Impossible to know if this should be taken tongue-in-cheek, but if the cap fits, and the errant master was Oscar Chajes...>

Chajes, who had the temerity to defeat Capablanca in a tournament encounter.

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