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It was my anniversary on chess.com a few days ago. So far our relationship has been me take, take, taking like a greedy swine and offering little back in return. So, I thought I'd address this today and post a wee forum with a couple of Capablanca games.
Normally, the games of famous players that I see posted are two greats battling it out. I thought I do something a little different. The two Capablanca games that I'm going to show you were casual games. I know that they were both played in New York, but unsure where.It could have been the Marshall Chess club
or the the older Manhattan Chess club.
The beauty of casual games is that there is more opportunity for flare play. Rather than a tense 60 move battle trying to convert a slight imbalance against an equally gifted opponent, it is an opportunity to see a great talent express their creativity against mugs like us ;)
So, here we go:
I've replayed than Fonaroff game a few times. I like 11.Qc3! Not many people would get their pieces in just the right position (Nf5, Qg3) so quickly from the position after the 10th move.
I don't know about the end combination. Are there really no alternatives to 18...Rd1 for Black?
Absolutely brilliant games,Capablanca was a genius...thx for posting them.
Hehe NN thought he could just copy Capa and get a draw. Silly person!
Thanks everyone that posted and got involved.
Yes, you're right. Fonaroff's Rd1 is not a good move. Even though this is a casual game, and he is not a chess professional, you'd expect a bit more from him. I'm not sure if these games were timed, perhaps this added to the pressure. Maybe, he just went all wibbily wobbily because he was actually sat across from Capablanca.
Mr Fritz agrees with you sir!
Yeah, I actually enjoyed those maneuvers more than the end combination... (which was a chess.com daily puzzle once btw!)