Capablanca the Human Chess Machine

Many chess players considered Capablanca one of the best chess players of all time. He is famous for his fabulous endgame technique and great defensive skills. As an adult, Capablanca only lost 34 serious games and was undefeated from 1916 to 1924.

Capablanca played Lasker for the world championship in 1921. In that match, Lasker resigned after the 14th game on his fourth loss against zero wins. Somewhat surprisingly, Capablanca lost the title in 1927 when Alekhine outlasted him in the 34th and final game.

In 1927, Capablanca played Nimzowitsch the author of My System a book about positional chess. From the game, it appears that Nimzowitsch got a taste of his own medicine. Let’s have a look.

Capablanca excelled in simple positions and endgames and according to Bobby Fischer had a “real light touch”. Mikhail Botvinnik regarded his book Positional Chess to be the best chess book ever written. Truly Capablanca was a genius who died too soon at the age of 53 in 1942.

That’s all for today. Stay on top of COVID-19 by following the WHO Guidelines and keep showing that touch of genius in your chess games like Capablanca, the Human Chess Machine.

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