Classic Game: Capablanca vs Vera Menchik, 1935 (+ Video)
Position after 23. ... f6?!

Classic Game: Capablanca vs Vera Menchik, 1935 (+ Video)

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Hi chess friends. Today we analyze this great game Capablanca vs Vera Menchik, Moscow 1935. The Cuban master had been World Champion some years earlier, and Vera was considered the best female player of the World at that moment. It’s a game I really enjoyed, so I decided to analyze it and share it. Without further delay, let’s get down to business.


Video analyzing Capablanca vs Menchik

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Lessons from this game

  • King’s Indian is a good and dynamic defense against Queen’s Pawn. Saemisch is an interesting way to face King’s Indian as White.
  • Sometimes, when there are attacks and advanced pawns on both sides of the board, we could consider not to castle if the central files are closed.
  • When the position is completely or mostly blocked, as the pieces are not fighting face to face, a tempo doesn’t mean that much, so the game could be slower, with plans and maneuvers improving pieces and preparing some break.
  • I might have said this before, but… don’t move pawns in the side your opponent is attacking; usually this is good just for him.


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