Jose Raul Capablanca best games

Jose Raul Capablanca – The Cuban Genius

Jose Raul Capablanca, the third world champion, is widely regarded as the greatest natural talent that ever played our ancient game.

Already from his early days his gift for the game was apparent. He learnt the rules of chess by watching his father play. At the age of five he already beat all the player in the Havana Chess Club and at the age of thirteen he was already the Cuban Champion, after beating the previous champion Corzo in a one sided match.

During his peak, he didn’t lose a single game between 1916 and 1924 (and  astounding 8 years without defeat).

His style reflected his talent perfectly. He was known for tendencies toward clarity and simplicity; he would often make his victories seem effortless. Moreover, his mastery of the endgame was unmatched during those times; instead of calculating variations he would simply “see” through the position and immediately “feel” where his pieces belong.

In this post, I have assembled a list of ten Capablancas games that I regard as his most beautiful achievements. Hope you will enjoy it.

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1. Capablanca – Tartakower, New York, 1924.

2. Capablanca – Fonaroff, New York, 1918.

3. Capablanca – Corzo, Havana, 1901.

4. Capablanca – Marshall, New York, 1909.

5. Tartakower – Capablanca, New York, 1924.

6. Nimzowitsch – Capablanca, New York, 1927.

7. Sergeant – Capablanca, Margate, 1935,

8. Lasker – Capablanca, Moscow, 1936

9. Capablanca – Yates, Hastings, 1919.

10. Alekhine – Capablanca, New York, 1927.

Best games of Emanuel Lasker

Emanuel Lasker – The Fearless Fighter

Emanuel Lasker, the second World Champion, has accomplished numerous feats that will probably never be surpassed.

First of all, he held the title of the World Champion longer than anyone else in the history. When he lost his crown to Jose Raul Capablanca in 1921, it was the 27th year of his tenure as a World Champion.

And even after his loss, he continued playing successfully, winning numerous tournaments and remaining a member of the world elite for almost a decade afterward.

Secondly, apart from being a great chess player, Lasker was a prominent mathematician. Apart from being a doctor of philosophy, he was also a top notch scientist; some of his theorems are topical even today, such as Lasker – Noether theorem.

It is hard to pinpoint a single factor that contributed to his universality and chess longevity. However, if one would have to pick one trait that distinguished him from other players of his generation, that would definitely be psychology.

Lasker was one of the first players that realized that a chess game is much more than a battle on the chess board. The number of games he managed to win from the inferior positions is unprecedented. By maintaining his composure and his will to fight, he would often induce errors from his opponents and then exploit them mercilessly.

However, Lasker wasn’t only relying on tricks and psychology throughout his career. He was the first prototype of the modern grandmaster. He could play it all, quiet strategical positions, sharp tactical middlegames, equal endgames. Whatever the position was, the main motto was to fight, to continue the struggle, to set problems for the opponents.

In this overview of the highlights of Lasker’s career, I have tried including it all. Hope you will enjoy it 🙂

1. Lasker – Bauer, Amsterdam, 1889.

2. Lasker – Capablanca, 1914.

3. Pillsbury – Lasker, St. Petersburg, 1896.

4. Lasker – Napier, Cambridge Springs, 1904.

5. Lasker – Steinitz, World Championship, 1894.

6. Lasker – Schlechter, World Championship, 1910.

7. Lasker – Pillsbury, New York, 1893.

8. Lasker – Steinitz, World Championship, 1894.

9. Lasker – Pillsbury, Paris, 1900

10. Lasker – Steinitz, Hastings, 1895

Best games of Wilhelm Steinitz

Wilhelm Steinitz – the first World Champion

The year 1886 is a year of colossal importance in the history of chess.

On January 11th, the first official match for the title of the World Champion between Wilhelm Steinitz and Johannes Zukertort took place.

Although many notable matches took place in the preceding years, this match was the first in which the official “World Champion” term was used.

By winning the match with the 10 – 5 score, the 50-year-old Steinitz became the first World Champion in the chess history.

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Best chess players never to become World Champion – part two – Paul Keres

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If it weren’t for the greatness of Viktor Korchnoi, examined in the first part of this series, the Estonian Paul Keres would have easily taken the number one spot on the “greatest player never to become World Champion” list.

During his career, Paul Keres displayed amazing consistency and longevity. Brilliant tournament victories, multiple SSSR Championship wins, golden Olympic medals, attractive attacking style and four(!) second places in the Candidates tournament over the span of 20 years make him one of the giants of our ancient game.

Especially when one learns about all the political and historical circumstances that weren’t in his favour for the most part of his career.

His greatness was acknowledged recently with a series of brilliant articles by Estonian Historian Joosep Grents for

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Best chess players never to become World Champion – part one – Viktor Korchnoi

In the history of the chess there were only sixteen undisputed World Champions.

The names  of those masters who have managed to win the most valuable chess title are rather well known. Every chess player has heard about Wilhelm Steinitz, Jose Raul Capablanca or that Dutch guy who managed to beat Alexandar Alekhine.

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I am just kidding guys… It is not my intention to belittle Max Euwe’s lucky match win in any regard whatsoever

Every world chess champion had to win a World Championship Match in order to win the title (if we disregard Botvinnik).

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