# All the Queen's Knights

• ADK
• | Sep 20, 2009 at 11:30 AM
• | Posted in: ADK's Blog
• | 1986 reads
• | 25 comments

In this game, Jose Capablanca faces off against Angel Arnal in Barcelona, 1935. I want to take the time to analyze the position right after White plays 12. d5 which offers up a free Pawn for Black. What is the great Capablanca thinking? Well, White's mindset when he sacrifices his Pawn is to remove the defender of the h5 and h7 by forcing the guardian of those two squares to e7 after a Bishop-Bishop exchange. We then arrive to a position where Capablanca is about to play a series of stunning moves that will leave Arnal in one sticky mess. So, analyze the position below and play like Capablanca:

Solution & Explanation: Could you find the winning moves in that position? Well, the solution is 14. Bxh7+?! Kxh7 15. Ng5+ Kg8 16. Rxd7?! Qxd7 17. Qh5 Rd8 18. Qxf7+ Kh8 19. h4 Nf5 20. Nh5 Qe8 21. Nf6! 14. Bxh7+?! forces the King out into the open. 15. Ng5+ forces the King back to g8, not h6 or h8, because of 16. Qh5+-. 16. Rxd7?! is a seemingly crazy move, but upon close inspection, the reader may see that this move got rid of the pesky Knight that IF placed on f6 it would throw a wrench into White's plans. 17. Qh5 threatens mate in 1. 18. Qxf7+ takes advantage of the absence of Black's Rook to isolate his King in a corner. 19. h4 takes the pressure off of the Knight on g3 and makes it movable again. 20. Nh5 further entangles Black's position. 21. Nf6! assures that IF 21...gxf6 then [22. Qh7#] or IF 21...Qxf7 then [22. Nxf7#].

### Comments

• 4 years ago

You are correct

• 4 years ago

Ah...

• 4 years ago

Comments are very interesting here:

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1242938

• 4 years ago

... BTW, ?! means dubious. !? means interesting. So I think you had a little typo there.

The solution was Bh7 (a dubious move). Lol.

sethisrael , if this position is not resign worthy to you, look at the following continuation after 21... Nh6.

21... Nh6

22.Ne8 Nf7

23.Nf7+ Kg8

24.Nd8

White is up a whole piece and a pawn, and can play something like Nc7 and Ne6 to protect both knights.

• 4 years ago

Well, ADK you're not wrong... white are wining this game and Sethisrael is also correct... Nf6 is the best defense. Acourding to my computer after Nf6 white are still wining but no mate for white.

• 4 years ago

Nothing that leaps out to me. Maybe a better player than I can spot something. Sorry.

• 4 years ago

Ouch, you are right, sethisrael! I forgot about the Knight on the h6 square and thank you for pointing that miscalculation out. Can you find any moves that would lead to mate if that following variation would have been used?

ADK

• 4 years ago

"Black did not reply with 21...Nh6 because of 22. Qxe8+ Rxe8 and then Nf7#!"

Don't tell someone they're wrong if your refutation is, itself, wrong. After 21...Nh6, 22. Qxe8+ Rxe8 and then Nf7 is not mate, and definitely doesn't deserve a "!". Black responds with Nxf7, and white is down a minor piece. As it stands, white is in a better position and will be up a pawn after 22. Qxe8+ Rxe8 23. Nxe8. Not resign worthy to me.

• 4 years ago

freaking sweet

• 4 years ago

Yes, you're right! My bad :)

• 4 years ago

"....21. nh6"--JoeFD

Black did not reply with 21...Nh6 because of 22. Qxe8+ Rxe8 and then Nf7#!

"Why not 14.Qe4! with double threat Qh7 X mate and Qxa8 - winning a rook."

"It seems to me that this is not a Capablancas' game."--lubo

A simple reply would be 14...Nf6 defending mate and after White plays 15. Qxa8 Black would counteract that with 15...Nc6! and the Queen would be trapped and eventually captured.

ADK

• 4 years ago

Why not 14.Qe4! with double threat Qh7 X mate and Qxa8 - winning a rook.

It seems to me that this is not a Capablancas' game.

• 4 years ago

....21. nh6

• 4 years ago

Outstanding chess vision by Capablanca

• 4 years ago

''He didn't take QxQ because then NxQ+ followed by NXR''

If black takes whites queen, Nf7 is checkmate.

• 4 years ago

wow.

• 4 years ago

"Ddub -

He didn't take QxQ because then NxQ+ followed by NXR"

Wouldn't Black still be winning though?

7. Nh5 Qxf7 8. Nxf7+ Kg8 9. Nxd8 Bd7 10. Nb7 Bc6 11. Nxc5 bxc5 12. Re1 Bd5 13. Nf4 Bxa2 14. h5 Nd4 15. c3 Nc6 {(0:00:17) 352kN}{[%eval -146,13,Rybka 3 1-cpu w32]}
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• 4 years ago

brilliant play by cap... the last knight move is so stylish and down to the point!

• 4 years ago

Woww .. to be able to see the combination itself is brilliant!!

• 4 years ago

Ddub -

He didn't take QxQ because then NxQ+ followed by NXR

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