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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Joseph Lewis
Simul, 22b (1941) (exhibition), Marshall CC, New York, NY USA, Nov-06
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1



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  tamar: Capa is down!!
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  Phony Benoni: The Heavyweight Champion comes off the ropes with a devastating haymaker.
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  keypusher: <Phony Benoni: The Heavyweight Champion comes off the ropes with a devastating haymaker.>

First I was like, <but Capa lost>! And then I was like, <Ohhhhhhh....> Kind of like Doug the golden retriever in <Up>.

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  OhioChessFan: Simul or not, passing on 12. Nxe7+ is puzzling. Maybe Capa thought it was a bad Bishop, but it ended up a major source of his problems.
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  keypusher: I got curious about this opening, so I looked at it briefly with SF.

The computer liked 9.gxf4, which makes sense to me but 9.Nxf4 feels much more like what Capa would play.

OCF's 12.Nxe7+ would barely cross my mind, but SF oscillates between that move and 12.Ne3. Shows what I know.

14.d4, which helped make the black bishop mighty, is not to the engine's liking.

Black's ingenious sacrifice at move 19 is unsound. 19....Neg4+ 20.hg Re3

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Now just 21.Qc2 Nxg4+ (21....Qxg4 22.Bxf6! Qxg3+ 23.Kh1 gf 24.Bh3 Rae8 25.Qh2) 22.Kh1 Rxg3 23.Be4 (23.Rf3 Qd8 24.Rxg3 Qh4+ 25.Bh3 Qxg3 26.Bxg4 Qxg4 27.Qg2 also defends) 23....Ne3 24.Bh7+ Kh8 25.Qh2 Nxf1 26.Rxf1 Qg4 27.Bg6!! (threatening Qxh6+ -- don't forget the long diagonal!) 27....Qg5 28.Bxf7.

23.Be4 is definitely a line only an engine could love (or find), but less spectacular defenses like 23.Rf3 are also playable.

Lewis was no doubt rocked by Capa's own ingenious but unsound 21.Qxf6??! and understandably defended imperfectly. The engine thought White would have had a solid advantage after 28.R1f5. Thereafter it's pretty much even until Capa blunders with 32.Bg2 and then walks into a not-very-easy-to-see forced mate with 33.Kh4. 33....Rxh5+ is a move you'll never forget playing against a heavyweight champ.

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