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Jose Raul Capablanca y Graupera (1888-1942) is widely regarded as one of the all-time great chess players, and possibly the greatest natural chess genius in history. World champion from 1921-1927, he is one of only 2 players to have won the world title by defeating the incumbent in a match without losing a game. Grandmaster Robert Byrne, in his foreword, pointed how Capablanca's games were the greatest influence on the modern great world champion Bobby Fischer, and Anatoly Karpov is another disciple. Mikhail Botvinnik (three times world champ) also related how much he learned from Capablanca, and pointed out that even his successor Alexander Alekhine received much schooling from him in positional play, before the struggle for the world title made them bitter foes. Once players have read all the introductory books about endgames, openings, tactics and basic strategy, to improve, they must study master games. Capablanca's crystal clarity of style makes his an ideal object of study. Capablanca, in my opinion, the greatest player of all time.

   CapablancaFan has kibitzed 1432 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-25-16 P Mutesi vs Amen Miladi, 2016 (replies)
CapablancaFan: Phiona Mutesi (Queen of Katwe) is a whole piece down and keeps playing like everything's normal! In the final position black still resigns because she has no adequate defense to being mated. Great game.
   Jun-15-15 L Carranza vs Capablanca, 1911 (replies)
CapablancaFan: The final position white is in complete zugzwang! Any move he makes and his game crumbles yet it is his move, lol!
   Oct-15-13 C Jaffe vs Capablanca, 1912 (replies)
CapablancaFan: At the end of the game, basically, white can't move! He he...
   Jan-11-13 Lombardy vs Fischer, 1967 (replies)
CapablancaFan: When I saw 23...h3 I thought to myself oh oh! (That's when I knew Lombardy was finished)
   Jan-03-13 Petrosian vs Ree, 1972 (replies)
CapablancaFan: Little known zugswang game by Tigran.
   Aug-25-12 J Cukierman vs Capablanca, 1938
CapablancaFan: A 91 move epic struggle by Capablanca! Even with relatively few pieces Capa still manages to own his opponent's rook in the end!
   May-19-12 Ivanchuk vs Leko, 2011 (replies)
CapablancaFan: This is an example of how to PROPERLY conduct the Marshall Attack.
   Jun-20-11 Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 (replies)
CapablancaFan: The ending Petrosian played very Capablanca-ish. Great game.
   Apr-24-11 J A Rizzitano vs Ashley, 1988 (replies)
CapablancaFan: <blingice> because if Qg3, black simply plays ...Qxg5 which is quite safe because of the pending knight fork.
   Feb-04-11 Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 (replies)
CapablancaFan: Here's a nice video of this game.
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