The Weekly Show: A Capablanca classic

by Lawrence Trent
4/7/2020 – In his weekly show IM Lawrence Trent takes a look at a classic and analyses a typical and typically instructive win by Capablanca. | Lawrence is on air from 16:00 UTC (18:00 CEST, 12 Noon EDT) and free for a limited time, or forever on-demand with a ChessBase Basic Account. You can always register a free 90-day account to watch.

Master Class Vol.4: José Raúl Capablanca Master Class Vol.4: José Raúl Capablanca

He was a child prodigy and he is surrounded by legends. In his best times he was considered to be unbeatable and by many he was reckoned to be the greatest chess talent of all time: Jose Raul Capablanca, born 1888 in Havana.


A beautiful squeeze

José Raúl Capablanca, World Champion from 1921 to 1927, is famous for his solid play (in his entire career he played 578 official tournament and match games and lost only 36(!) of them) and his seemingly simple but powerful positional chess. In today's how we will take a look at a beautiful positional squeeze by the Cuban genius: his win against Viacheslav Ragozin from the 6th round of the Moscow International Tournament 1935.

But to level things out, here's a position in which things went better for Ragozin: White has had the best of things so far, but is there a concrete way to convert the advantage?


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Read a review of Trent's previous FritzTrainer on the "Bombastic Bird's Opening"!

The Bombastic Bird's - an energetic and exciting repertoire after 1.f4

Welcome to the Bombastic Bird's, a revolutionary repertoire for one of the most enterprising and underrated openings in chess theory (1.f4). In this series, IM Lawrence Trent uncovers a number of groundbreaking theoretical novelties and new ideas that will soon have scorners of this romantic system regretting they ever doubted its soundness.

Solution to the puzzle

26.Nf5+ was the devastating refutation!


Born in 1986, Lawrence Trent is an international master, who has represented England in numerous international youth championships (including a 7th place in the U18 WCh in 2003). The Londoner, who has a degree in Romance languages, already has a lot of experience as a trainer. Trent has recorded several DVDs for ChessBase.


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