Capablanca, or Alekhine?

Atharva_kale

Not a doubt, Alekhine is one of the best......but Capablanca is my all time favorite....

hemodleswag

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dannyhume
Alekhine beat Capablanca in their world championship. That ought to settle the question. But then he lost to Euwe. The loser excuse for Alekhine was alcohol, much like the loser excuse for Capa was overconfidence, laziness, and womanizing. Then Euwe DID give Alekhine a rematch, lost decisively, and is not on anybody’s top ten greatest list (except mine). Alekhine never gave Capa a rematch. Wonder why.
Darth1077

dannyhume пишет:

Alekhine beat Capablanca in their world championship. That ought to settle the question. But then he lost to Euwe. The loser excuse for Alekhine was alcohol, much like the loser excuse for Capa was overconfidence, laziness, and womanizing. Then Euwe DID give Alekhine a rematch, lost decisively, and is not on anybody’s top ten greatest list (except mine). Alekhine never gave Capa a rematch. Wonder why.

In addition to the personal dislike caused by a number of statements by Capablanca and the refusal to hand over the match in person, rather than a note, there was a long history associated with Capa's desire to limit the number of games in the match. After the failure of this attempt, the trouble came from the other side: the devaluation of the dollar. Alekhine demanded not 10,000 prize money, but 18,000. When the money was collected, the refusal was already for a formal reason: on the basis of a previously made call to Bogolyubov.

kindaspongey

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Mustang_de_Lauren

Both, but if I were to choose....Capablanca would be my preferred choice.

SmyslovFan

I know many masters and even more coaches who recommend the games of Capa over the games of Alekhine. There’s a simple reason for this: Capa played in a style that made everything seem to be crystal clear and easy to follow. His games are great for learning how to think strategically.

 

For most of my students, I too prefer to use the games of Capa. But Alekhine was able to demonstrate the flaws of such a style. Alekhine’s games are more of those of a street fighter. They aren’t quite as clean as Capa’s, but they are full of power and creativity.