Understanding before Moving 142: Chess history in a nutshell (24)

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9/10/2023 – Herman Grooten is an International Master, a renowned trainer and the author of several highly acclaimed books about chess training and chess strategy. In the 142nd instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman continues his series "Chess history in a nutshell" and continues to take a look at the ideas and legacy of José Raúl Capablanca. | Photo: Pascal Simon

Key Concepts of Chess - Pawn Structures Vol.1 and 2 Key Concepts of Chess - Pawn Structures Vol.1 and 2

In this two-part course the emphasis will be on typical pawn-structures.


José Raúl Capablanca (2)

In the previous issue we discussed the virtually unbeatable Capablanca. His game can best be described as strategically outstanding, very solid and based on a formidable endgame handling. We also saw that the Cuban had an eye for small combinations, which he often used in his play.

What is less well known is that Capablanca could also play 'bend or break' brilliantly at times. In the wonderful series of books "My Great Predecessors" Garry Kasparov discusses a game Capablanca-Bogoljubow from Moscow 1925, which Capablanca had to win to keep his chances of first place, as he was two points behind Bogoljubov, who was leading the tournament.

On the ninth move, Capablanca uncharacteristically sacrificed a piece for three pawns and attacking chances, which led to a very difficult position in which White had the initiative.

A critical position arose after Black's 16th move. Here Capablanca missed a quick win and played 17.g4? although he still won in the end. What should he have done instead?

Master Class Vol. 12: Viswanathan Anand

This DVD allows you to learn from the example of one of the best players in the history of chess and from the explanations of the authors how to successfully organise your games strategically, and how to keep your opponent permanently under pressure.

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