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Has any other grandmaster gone as long undefeated like Capablanca?

From this Chess.com Discussion In terms of games played, it would be Tal with 95 games (46 wins, 49 draws) from October 23, 1973 to October 16, 1974. He also has the second longest streak of 84 ...
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Why did Capablanca win a majority of games playing as black?

In Megabase 2016, Capablanca played 791 games as White and won 52.6% of them, and played 406 games as Black and won 48.5% of them, so he didn't win more as Black but it was surprisingly close. The ...
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How do you get to this trap position?

Your proposal is a plausible way to get to that position. I wouldn't call the Scandinavian "bad" just because it moves a piece twice. It's perfectly playable. When the trap was played in the ...
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What is the origin, or a early appearance, of this famous chess tale?

I found a few references, but the best one was this article on chessbase.com that seems to attribute it to Yuri Dorogov, who was born in in 1947. From that article, it is still not 100% clear if ...
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How much time did Capablanca have / use on the clock to refute Frank Marshall's Marshall Attack over the board?

I am currently doing some research on the subject and hopefully can provide a more complete answer later, but apparently Capablanca did not invest much time. As he said (extracted from this ...
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Symmetrical opening

First, the great Capablanca aside, Bc3 is not forced at all. It is considered the slightly preferred move by Stockfish 10 on my computer, which is fairly strong. In the Mega 2019 database, it occurs ...
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How do you get to this trap position?

The initial way you gave is the overwhelming favorite way to get to that in the Mega Database. Out of the 72 games, that move order occurred 59 times (three times, white played Nf3, and only after did ...
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A book on the Lasker - Capablanca World Championship Match (1921)

Capablanca's comments about the match can be found in this book.
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Why, in this Capablanca game, was this move considered bad?

2) In this game Capa played h6 I think to prevent Ng5 but according to Alekhine this was not a good move. I don't understand why play another move and invite the Knight to g5? This position comes ...
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What is the origin, or a early appearance, of this famous chess tale?

I first saw saw this problem in Chess Life from 1972, p. 308.
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How do you get to this trap position?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd8 Above is a playable line of the Scandinavian defense. 3...Qa5 and maybe also 3...Qd6 are more popular, but Qd8 isn't horrible. The tactical trick itself is ...
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Why, in this Capablanca game, was this move considered bad?

If the game goes 1..c5 2.b5 the engine shows white slightly better but if 1..a5 2.b5 then the engine shows black slightly better.Why is that?? [fen "r2qr1k/pbpn1pbp/1p1p1np1/4p3/1PP5/3P1NP1/...
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Did Maria Teresa Mora Iturralde beat Capablanca 2.5-0.5?

I have looked at sources in Spanish (mainly Cuban) and most of them purport the same story (similar to that presented in the question) copied and pasted. However, a couple of sources present a ...
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Can someone explain the playing style of the great Jose Raul Capablanca?

Only if your intuition is good enough:) You overlook the training and experience he had. Emanuel Lasker said he did not memorize anything he can deduce. From my playing over his games he was a ...
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Did Maria Teresa Mora Iturralde beat Capablanca 2.5-0.5?

I have found a source in Spanish that is like the cuban enciclopedia and tells that those games were played in simultaneous games. https://www.ecured.cu/Mar%C3%ADa_Teresa_Mora_Iturralde
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What is the origin, or a early appearance, of this famous chess tale?

I finally got around to reading the book Chess To Enjoy by Andrew Soltis after I found that I could borrow it on the Internet Archive. The problem appears on page 207, and the last name "Dorogov" is ...
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Is there a good book on the 1927 Capablanca-Alekhine world championship match?

Just recently was published my book "José Raúl Capablanca, A Chess Biography", McFarland, 2015. One of the chapter, number 13, is dedicated to the match Capablanca-Alekhine, 1927. Games 1, 3, 5, 7, 11,...
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Winning middlegame?

Yes, after 2...g6 black is only a bishop behind and not immediately checkmated. But that doesn't matter much for the result -- being a full piece behind is also enough to resign. And, that he stays a ...
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Which classic chess books are in the public domain?

In the US, you can date public domain for the most part by the date of "Steamboat Willie," the first Mickey Mouse cartoon. Any time it gets close to falling into public domain, Disney opens up Scrooge ...
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Capablanca vs Lasker - 1921 WCC

After 16... Bxa6 17. Qxa6 the problem is that black has no play. His white-squared bishop is really important in the upcoming attack on the white king (this is the only play black can try), so if he ...
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Why does castling in the Four Knights: Double Spanish opening inadvertantly stop Bxc3?

One hundred years ago grandmasters, even the great Capablanca, were given to making sweeping judgments about opening positions without supporting evidence, often condemning moves that have been shown ...
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Has any other grandmaster gone as long undefeated like Capablanca?

To answer this question you would first have to explain what you mean by "long". If you define "long" as over the number of games played, then the next question is "which ...
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A book on the Lasker - Capablanca World Championship Match (1921)

Kasparov's My Great Predecessors series covers all the world champions before him, including the world championship matches they participated in. The one you're interested in is dealt with in volume 1 ...
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Did Maria Teresa Mora Iturralde beat Capablanca 2.5-0.5?

The databases are going to be entirely incomplete. She became the Cuban Champion early in the early 20's but there isn't a single game recorded anywhere. The only documented game I can find of her is ...
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Why does castling in the Four Knights: Double Spanish opening inadvertantly stop Bxc3?

I think there is no simple answer to this question and you will develop understanding day by day. In chess basically, the bishop is more valuable than the knight in an open position. When the black ...
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Looking for a historic chess game

Chess Query Language is a tool you can use to search for games like these in your database of games of choice. It shouldn't be too hard to do this- certainly easier than the (good!) suggestion of ...
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Capablanca vs Lasker - 1921 WCC

What, then, after he takes the bishop? I can imagine Capablanca rolling in his grave right now. Black will be down a pawn whereas white will keep pressure on the a6-c8 diagonal. White doesn't need to ...
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Why did Capablanca win a majority of games playing as black?

Surely Capablanca played much more than a few hundred games, so obviously the observation bias makes it undesirable to base this answer on the numbers. Therefore I provide a general answer to why ...
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Why did Capablanca win a majority of games playing as black?

Capablanca was a master of strategy and positional playing and was able to play some of the greatest defenses of all times. Those are all aspects that are fundamentals in playing as black. Also Magnus ...
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