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Amazing Game: Rook on the 7th rank! - Jose Raul Capablanca vs Savielly Tartakower - Dutch (A80)

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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Savielly Tartakower
"Rook Before you Leap" (chessgames.com game of the day Jan-10-12)
New York 1924 · Horwitz Defense: General (A80)

[Event "New York"]
[Site "New York"]
[Date "1924.03.23"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "6"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Jose Raul Capablanca"]
[Black "Savielly Tartakower"]
[ECO "A80"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "104"]

1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 f5 3. c4 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nc3 O-O 6. e3 b6
7. Bd3 Bb7 8. O-O Qe8 9. Qe2 Ne4 10. Bxe7 Nxc3 11. bxc3 Qxe7
12. a4 Bxf3 13. Qxf3 Nc6 14. Rfb1 Rae8 15. Qh3 Rf6 16. f4 Na5
17. Qf3 d6 18. Re1 Qd7 19. e4 fxe4 20. Qxe4 g6 21. g3 Kf8
22. Kg2 Rf7 23. h4 d5 24. cxd5 exd5 25. Qxe8+ Qxe8 26. Rxe8+
Kxe8 27. h5! {This is the calamity--the Rook now enters the
hostile camp. -- Alekhine} Rf6 28. hxg6 hxg6 29. Rh1 {White
plays logically to utilize his advantage on the K-side and
very properly does not concern himself with the weakness of
the Q-side. Black, on the other hand, makes a defensive move
which he could perhaps have omitted. -- Reti} Kf8 30. Rh7 Rc6
31. g4 {Anxious nature might have moved the King towards the
queenside, but Capablanca adheres to the principle of
aggression that governs rook endings. -- Reti} Nc4 32. g5 {He
gives his opponent the opportunity of winning a pawn. But
Capablanca has confidence in the passed pawn which he
obtains. -- Reti} Ne3+ 33. Kf3 Nf5 34. Bxf5 {Simple and
compelling. -- Alekhine} gxf5 35. Kg3 {Decisive! White
sacrifices material in order to obtain the classical position
with King on f6, pawn on g6, and Rook on h7, whereupon the
black pawns tumble like ripe apples. -- Alekhine} Rxc3+ {It is
extremely instructive to see how Capablanca is no longer in
the least concerned about material equality, but thinks only
of supporting his passed pawn. -- Reti} 36. Kh4 Rf3 37. g6
Rxf4+ 38. Kg5 Re4 39. Kf6 {It is a frequently available
finesse in such positions not to capture hostile pawns, but to
pass them by in order to be protected in the rear against
checks by the rook. -- Reti} Kg8 40. Rg7+ Kh8 41. Rxc7 Re8
42. Kxf5 {Again the simplest. Kf7 would not yet have been
disastrous because of Rd8, etc. -- Alekhine} Re4 43. Kf6 Rf4+
44. Ke5 Rg4 45. g7+ Kg8 {After exchanging rooks, White would
win still more easily. -- Alekhine} 46. Rxa7 Rg1 47. Kxd5 Rc1
48. Kd6 Rc2 49. d5 Rc1 50. Rc7 Ra1 51. Kc6 Rxa4 52. d6
{Capablanca's management of the endgame gives the impression
of being so natural that one easily forgets the difficulty of
such precise play. The difficulty is chiefly psychological. In
chess, as in life, one is so accustomed to place value on the
material factors that it is not easy to conceive the idea of
indulging in pawn sacrifices when there is so little available
material. --Reti} 1-0 ►Subscribe for my regular chess videos: http://goo.gl/zpktUK ►Support the channel by donating via PayPal: http://goo.gl/7HJcDq

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