The style of Capablanca: World Championship Match 1921 against Lasker GAME #3 (2nd edition)

The style of Capablanca: World Championship Match 1921 against Lasker GAME #3 (2nd edition)

ilcca
ilcca
Apr 7, 2018, 2:30 PM |
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White: Capablanca

Black: Lasker

1921 Mar-19 Havana, Cub

Round 3

 

In this series, I will analyse all the games in the World Championship Match year 1921. First, I will play the game with guess a move -method. Then, I will prepare an analysis of the game, including some candidate lines in all positions. I will also compare my notes to Capa's own notes. All this will be done without the help of a computer. I try to do an abstract of Capa's playing style, and find some important things to learn from every game. Finally, I might check the lines with computer.

 

Because the blog tool was bugging insurmountably, I was forced to alter the format of my blogs. Now my annotations are found in the chess game itself:

 

 

 
 
 

 

SUMMARY:



The style of Capablanca is in the third game more tactical than before. However, both times that Capa tries to trick Lasker into tactics with moves 18. Qd2 and 28. Rc3, Lasker is alert an refutes the unsound tactics getting a better position. In the first and especially in this third game we see a number of mysterious rook moves by Capa. These moves are:

- 17. Rc2 (game #1)

- 21. Rd1 (game #3)

 - 28. Rc3 (game #3)

- 32. Rc1 (game #3)

- 46. Rc1 (game #3)

 I am beginning to consider these rook moves as a trademark of Capablanca's play. They are surprising, sometimes leading into worse positions, often disconnecting the rooks and positionally cramped. In the latter half of the third game, moves 37-63 Capa is trying to push, but to me it seemed that a draw was inevitable. Compared to the 2nd game, the position of this 3rd game was much easier and "boring" to assess to me, while the 2nd game was really difficult to understand with all the quiet threats to calculate.



THE LESSONS I learned are as follows

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1. (3.1) IT IS IMPORTANT TO FIND LONG-TERM, INNOVATING OPENING PLANS LIKE Qe8-b8-b6-a5 HERE. Move 17.-Qa5. Lasker.



2. (3.2) THE MIGHTIEST POWERFUL QUEEN CAN SOMETIMES PROTECT OR ATTACK THE TINIEST PAWN (HERE e5). IT SEEMS SOMETIMES ODD TO INVEST A WHOLE QUEEN FOR EYEING A MERE PAWN, BUT HERE IT IS JUSTIFIED. Move 17.-Qa5. Lasker.



3. (3.3) YOU MUST ALWAYS TRY TO FIND THE HIDDEN TACTICAL STIRRING MOTIFS INSTEAD OF PLAYING ONLY SOLID POSITIONAL MOVES. Move 18. Qd2. Capablanca.



4. (3.4) PLAY ENERGETICALLY, MAINTAIN YOUR INNER STRENGHT,  AND TRY TO PUSH FOR A WIN, IF YOU HAVE A CHANCE, ALTHOUGH THE CHANCE MAY BE A SMALL ONE. THEREFORE, AVOID TRADING YOUR BETTER PIECES FOR OPPONENTS POOR ONES. Move 37. Nd1. Capablanca.