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I teach chess in six schools here in San Francisco California as well as privately. I start each class with a 30 minute lecture based on a master-level game. I analyze the game during the lecture, using it as a teaching tool for my students. Capablanca's games get used a great deal because of his style of play. I am curious what your favorite Capablanca games are. I'm going to go through my list of Capablanca games and post one later this weekend. This is going to be a great group. Thank you so much for the invitation. On a funny note, one of my students, when asked who his favorite chess player was, said Capablanca. When I asked him why, the student said "because unlike the Russian players, it's easy to spell his name." Of course the young man was joking.
Well the games of Capablanca are all enchanting and beautiful. Difficult to say what are my favorite games. They all donate emotions to my soul. But there's one informal(so not official one) game he played in Detroit in 1909 (21 years old) that gives me a particular emotion. I remember that the first time I replayed it, when I played on the chessboard his 36th and last move, that move took my breath away. That move was the end of a spectacular combination he saw as usual, being he able to calculate long and complex variations and conceive very deep plans. I post it now for your joy.
Wow, that was a fantastic game! You're absolutely right about move 36. It was stunning. I was also fascinated by the beauty of the moves. They were extremely elegant yet economic. I'd say his game was very Zen like. Thanks for posting this game. I'm going to spend the weekend playing through it because you can never play through a great game once. It's like an onion: you have to carefully peel back it's many layers to eventually come to its center. Thanks again!
Yes, all the game is elegant. Simple like a child. It's crystal.
Spectacular game, and what a brilliant move!! that was.
This got to be one of my favourite Capablanca games. Move 29 is a pretty sacrifice
Great choice Joshua, one of his most famous and beautiful games.
Thanks for the comment. Yes the books of Capablanca are also my favorite ones. I got lot of benefit reading them. All was easy at his eyes and soul. He taught difficult things making them easy. Even a child would understand his books. It's funny, every time I finish to read his books I always say, oh how wonderful and easy, now that I understood all these things, in the future I'll beat every opponent who'll seat in front of me. But in my next games I get completely contradicted and I have to return between mortal beings. Yes you've to have the mind and soul of Capa to conceive those plans.
Here is the game suggested by AlbertMcMullen: wonderful game!
I will wish to join your group. I knew this player only name before me to inform about these plays. A friend, little time ago gave me even more reason to thus love this player… I will agree with pride to join you.
If you join the group, you are welcome.
Super player also Capablanca! Player surprising, creative and always full with resources. Peace with its heart, and that its play remains an example for all!
In 1921, Capablanca gained the world championship against Emanuel Lasker (+4 -0 =10). During six years, it lost only 4 parts out of approximately 200
I'll always feel bitterness in my heart for not having Capablanca got the return match from Alekhine. Alekhine always refused him the return match and only the last years of Capa life, he shyly talked of a possible match. Capa made miracles winning tournaments one behind another, demonstrating to be the only one to deserve the match. Alekhine challenged players who were great but ridiculuous compared with Capa. Alekhine was afraid of Capa, ridiculized him and his legendary strenghth. Alekhine was a giant but forever he'll have the shame not to have given that return match. In all their career Capa led for +9-7=33. If we not count the match the situation is +6-1=8 for Capablanca. For me Capablanca was superior. His only error was to have underestimated Alekhine. But he learned the lesson and was ready for the revenge. And in my opinion he would have taken back the title. The behaviour of Alekhine was really horrible. in some way he made himself forgiven when at the death of Capablanca said we'll not see anymore another genius like him.
One of my favorites, a Capablanca's classic.
I look at the position before 18. axb5 and try to understand the thought process of Capa, he was wonderful.
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