The Unknown Capablanca Life and Games

By David Hooper, Dale Brandreth

Reviewed by means of Paul Kane

The Unknown Capablanca
Second Revised version
by David Hooper and Dale Brandreth
Dover guides, February 1994

The Cuban genius Jose Raul Capablanca (1888-1942) is among the all-time chess greats. This e-book collects jointly 208 of his lesser-known video games from informal play and minor occasions, in addition to reports, one composed together with Lasker. The video games which Capablanca performed in significant foreign tournaments and fits aren't integrated.

Capablanca used to be a prodigy – “chess used to be his mom tongue”, one author used to be moved to assert – and his earliest recorded online game is given right here. It used to be performed opposed to Ramon Iglesias in Havana at the 17 September 1893. Iglesias gave queen odds to the boy, then elderly four years and eight months, yet misplaced in 38 strikes. additionally integrated are all thirteen video games of the fit that Capablanca gained opposed to Juan Corzo, then champion of Cuba, in November and December of 1901.

Chapter 1 is entitled “The travel of Europe” and it covers the interval from October 1913 to March 1914. Capablanca was once then hooked up to the Cuban international workplace as a type of distinct ambassador, utilizing his chess ability to reinforce the status of Cuba on the earth. He visited London, Paris, Berlin and different ecu capitals and towns, and performed opposed to the superior gamers of the day: Alekhine, Nimzowitsch, Tartakower and Reti between them. those avid gamers may develop into his critical competitors within the following decades.

Later person chapters are dedicated to fit and exhibition video games, session video games (where Capablanca performed frequently opposed to competitors, who may possibly seek advice from one another and speak about the location sooner than making their move), informal video games and video games performed concurrently with and with no clocks (that is: occasionally performed to a closing date, occasionally not). those simultaneous video games (or a minimum of those integrated right here) are, if now not masterpieces, then potent first drafts with (usually) many attractions. ... [cont.]:

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