While he was preparing these lectures, he dictated them to his wife, Olga Capablanca, who typed them. As a result, we have them today. Perhaps more than any other player in the history of chess, Jose Raoul Capablanca was noted for his ability to cut through the complexities of modern chess theory and find the winning line in grandmaster tournament play. Capablanca was often called the greatest natural chess player of all time.
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While he was preparing these lectures, he dictated them to his wife, Olga Capablanca, who typed them. As a result, we have them today. Perhaps more than any other player in the history of chess, Jose Raoul Capablanca was noted for his ability to cut through the complexities of modern chess theory and find the winning line in grandmaster tournament play.
Capablanca was often called the greatest natural chess player of all time. His clarity of vision, his simplicity and precision of style were legendary. His observations on the fundamental principles of sound chess thinking are expressed so clearly and simply that a novice can follow them; yet they touch on such profoundly important underlying themes that the most advanced player will benefit by absorbing them.
Over and over again he stresses the vital importance of knowing how to play the endings. He gives simple rules of proper endgame play many of which he says are often overlooked by top flight masters. He shows how to recognize the winning elements of the commonest endings: Rook and Pawn, Bishop vs. He gives his analysis of the relative value of the pieces.
Even in this era of exhaustive analysis of the openings, there is wisdom and profit to be gained from his chapter on the Ruy Lopez. Using their play as examples for his observations on universal chess truths, Capablanca rates and sometimes rakes Morphy, Steinitz, Emanuel Lasker, Nimzovch, Alekhine, Reshevsky, Frank Marshall and other chess immortals.
Last Lectures will enrich the play, as well as the library, of all chess enthusiasts.
My Chess Career, his first book in English, was published a year before he became world champion. It had 35 annotated games, linked by an autobiographical narrative containing both self-praise homed in on by some critics and self-censure ignored by almost all critics. The publishers, G. That was chess book production in the lean aftermath of the Great War. He described My Chess Career as one of the five most exciting chess books he had read. The task sounds a clerical doddle, but Mr Laird highlighted the various pitfalls by side-stepping none of them. He nevertheless sees fit to make fussily redundant interjections throughout the text, though liable to be silent when a word of amendment is required.
LAST LECTURES CAPABLANCA PDF
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Do you work in the book industry? Black, for his part, must, so to term it, restrict himself to marking time, trying to take the initiative capab,anca his turn. The center of the board comprises the four squares K4, Q4, K5 and Q5 from each side, which are the focal point lecturez all openings. It should never be left forgotten on the back rank, but should be advanced as much as possible as the pieces are liquidated and the board is cleared. You will have seen that very often openings of this kind are played directly or indirectly: As an example, so that you can appreciate the importance of the positions and principles that I have been explaining, I am going to show you an opening which has been played for many centuries. Tiger marked it as to-read Oct 30, Please provide an email address.
Fautaxe Pradip Pate marked it as to-read Apr 09, Of course, the result of the game depends upon how a player uses the pieces he has since above all theories and fundamental principles come the imagination and strength of the player himself. Lectoragradecido added it Apr 16, Don Bush marked it as to-read May 25, In pawn endings a bishop is preferable to a knight; however, in queen endings the knight is stronger. An isolated pawn letcures be defended with another pawn, and has to be protected by pieces, and is thus open to the risk of capture. This is what is generally called position, the most important thing being to obtain a dominating position.