GM Jose Raul Capablanca

Full name
Jose Raul Capablanca
Life
Nov 19, 1888 - Mar 8, 1942 (age 53)
Place of birth
Havana, Cuba
Federation
Cuba

One of the greatest players of all time, José Raúl Capablanca was well known for his terrific endgame technique and quick speed of play. His technique was so flawless that he garnered the nickname “Human Chess Machine”. As an adult, he only lost 34 serious games total and had a stretch of 8 years where he didn’t lose a single game! He had an unmatched ability to look at a position briefly and come up with the best move, almost as if he was a computer. With a combination of all of these accomplishments, he towered above every other player and left a lasting legacy for all chess players to study today.

José Raúl Capablanca learned to play chess when he was 4 years old. As he got a bit older, he went to school in the United States but eventually left the college in order to pursue chess full-time. He decided to do simultaneous exhibitions around the country and won an overwhelming majority of his games (96.4%). Later, he won more matches against other top players in the world and soon was able to be a challenger for the world championship title in 1920. Capablanca defeated Lasker in the match and became the new world champion, 27 years after Lasker had first grabbed the title. Capablanca held on to his title for some years but then a new challenger came around: Alexander Alekhine. Alekhine won this match and became the new world champion. Later in his life, Capablanca passed away while watching a game between his friends at a chess club. This happened on March 7, 1942.

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White Pieces
Van't Kruijs Opening (1) : A00
Colle System (4) : D04
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D73
Catalan Opening (1) : E01
Tarrasch Defense (5) : D34 D33 D32
Semi-Slav Defense (10) : D47 D49 D46
Queen's Pawn Opening (13) : A40 D02 D00
Queen's Indian Defense (6) : E17 E16 E15
Gruenfeld Defense (8) : D92 D83 D96 D90 D85
Reti Opening (6) : A09 A04 A06
Bogo-Indian Defense (4) : E11
Queen's Gambit Accepted (7) : D23 D20 D21
King's Indian Defense (3) : E62 E85
Giuoco Piano Game (1) : C50
Old Indian Defense (1) : A53
Bird's Opening (3) : A03
Caro-Kann Defense (3) : B17 B13
Four Knights Game (19) : C49 C48 C47
Vienna Game (1) : C25
Bishop's Opening (2) : C28 C23
Alekhine Defense (2) : B02
Scandinavian Defense (1) : B01
Benoni Defense (2) : A56 A61
Budapest Defense (1) : A52
Torre Attack (1) : A46
King's Pawn Opening (4) : B00 C40
King's Gambit Accepted (3) : C33
Polish Opening (1) : A00
King's Indian Attack (1) : A08
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
Petrov's Defense (17) : C42 C43
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46
Center Game Accepted (1) : C21
King's Gambit Declined (2) : C30
Scotch Game (4) : C45 C44
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Black Pieces
Giuoco Piano Game (8) : C51 C50 C52 C53
Semi-Slav Defense (5) : D43 D47 D45
Queen's Indian Defense (16) : E16 E18 E12 E15
Catalan Opening (1) : E00
Sicilian Defense (5) : B74 B54 B56 B27 B83
Queen's Gambit Accepted (2) : D28 D20
Queen's Pawn Opening (10) : D03 D02 D00 A40
Vienna Game (4) : C25
Four Knights Game (15) : C49 C48 C47
Reti Opening (2) : A09
Van't Kruijs Opening (2) : A00
King's Indian Defense (2) : E61 E80
Bogo-Indian Defense (3) : E11
Caro-Kann Defense (15) : B18 B13 B15 B12 B10
Italian Game (8) : C50 C59 C55 C58
Three Knights Opening (4) : C46
Bird's Opening (1) : A03
Torre Attack (4) : A46
Center Game Accepted (3) : C21 C22
Alekhine Defense (1) : B02
Old Indian Defense (5) : A53 A54
King's Gambit Accepted (4) : C33 C38 C39
Colle System (3) : D05
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Scandinavian Defense (3) : B01
Tarrasch Defense (6) : D32 D33
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Bishop's Opening (1) : C28
King's Gambit Declined (1) : C30
Dutch Defense (1) : A83
Petrov's Defense (1) : C42
Scotch Game (2) : C45 C44

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