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Play Like Jose Raul Capablanca

Play Like Jose Raul Capablanca

Jose Raul Capablanca was the third World Champion and held the title from 1921 - 1927. He was known for his speed of play and amazing endgame skill. Despite that reputation, Capablanca was also a strong attacker. Follow along and find the moves Capablanca played in five of his best games!

  • Play Like Capablanca; Capablanca vs Jaffe

    Charles Jaffe was a contemporary of Capablanca, and one of the top American players of his day. That said, he wasn't quite at Capablanca's level. See if you can figure out how Capablanca scored a crushing victory in this game from 1910.

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  • Play Like Capablanca: Capablanca vs Janowski

    David Janowski was on of the top players of the early 20th century. He scored well against the top players of the 1800s, including World Champion Steinitz. He struggled against Capablanca, only winning once. Capablanca defeated Janowski nine times, including this game from 1914.

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  • Play Like Capablanca: Bernstein vs Capablanca

    Ossip Bernstein was one of the best players in the World in the early 20th century and was awarded the Grandmaster title as one of the first official Grandmasters. Bernstein scored well against many famous Grandmasters, including World Champion Lasker and Akiba Rubinstein. However, Capablanca never had trouble with Bernstein. He never lost and won three games, including this one.

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  • Play Like Capablanca: Capablanca vs Villegas

    Benito Villegas was a champion of Argentina and competed in many international tournaments. In this game from 1914 Capablanca used tactics to force a good ending and promote a passed pawn. Can you figure out how he did it?

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  • Play Like Capablanca: Winter vs Capablanca

    William Winter was a two time British chess champion. He defeated some top Grandmasters like David Bronstein, Aron Nimzowitsch and Milan Vidmar. In this game Capablanca trapped his opponent's bishop and then forced a win on the other side of the board. See if you can figure out how he did it!

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