Capablanca vs Molina and Ruiz

by ChessBase
12/29/2008 – Some sacrifices are part of a winning combination, and other sacrifices are made for long-term compensation. Both kinds are common, but how often do you see a sacrifice to stalemate the enemy army? That's what happens in our Playchess lecture, which deals with a 1914 victory in a consultation game, starring the legendary José Raúl Capablanca.

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Dennis Monokroussos writes:

In this consultation game, played in Buenos Aires against Molina and Ruiz, "Capa" built up a kingside attack (and at least one aspect of the buildup will probably surprise you), but there came a moment when the allies seemed to have everything under control. That he stood better was obvious, but all the obvious approaches seemed easily met. It is here that Capablanca showed his genius. A sacrifice was available, and finding it isn't difficult at all. Both sides' follow-up is easy to work out, and at the end of it Black is pretty tied up, but White seems to be out of attackers, too. The way that Capablanca managed to finish his opponents off showed remarkable foresight, open-mindedness, and a good sense of humor, too!

To see this fine game and its ingenious conclusion, join me Monday night at 9 p.m. ET. (We're meeting early this week so that the show won't interfere with New Year's Eve/Day festivities; next week, we'll be back to our usual Wednesday night meetings.) The shows are free for members - log on at (or just before) the scheduled time, go to the Broadcast room, select the games tab and select "Capablanca-Molina & Ruiz".

Dennis Monokroussos' Radio ChessBase lectures begin on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST, which translates to 02:00h GMT, 03:00 Paris/Berlin, 13:00h Sydney (on Thursday). Other time zones can be found at the bottom of this page. You can use Fritz or any Fritz-compatible program (Shredder, Junior, Tiger, Hiarcs) to follow the lectures, or download a free trial client.

You can find the exact times for different locations in the world at World Time and Date. Exact times for most larger cities are here. And you can watch older lectures by Dennis Monokroussos offline in the Chess Media System room of Playchess:

Enter the above archive room and click on "Games" to see the lectures. The lectures, which can go for an hour or more, will cost you between one and two ducats. That is the equivalent of 10-20 Euro cents (14-28 US cents).

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Dennis Monokroussos is 41, lives in South Bend, IN, where he teaches chess and occasionally works as an adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University-South Bend.

At one time he was one of the strongest juniors in the U.S. and has reached a peak rating of 2434 USCF, but several long breaks from tournament play have made him rusty. He is now resuming tournament chess in earnest, hoping to reach new heights.

Dennis has been working as a chess teacher for ten years now, giving lessons to adults and kids both in person and on the internet, worked for a number of years for New York’s Chess In The Schools program, where he was one of the coaches of the 1997-8 US K-8 championship team from the Bronx, and was very active in working with many of CITS’s most talented juniors.

When Dennis Monokroussos presents a game, there are usually two main areas of focus: the opening-to-middlegame transition and the key moments of the middlegame (or endgame, when applicable). With respect to the latter, he attempts to present some serious analysis culled from his best sources (both text and database), which he has checked with his own efforts and then double-checked with his chess software.

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