This slim volume is composed of the last twelve lectures Capablanca delivered before his death in The lectures include some chess fundamentals and were delivered by short- wave radio to a Latin American audience shortly before the author’s death in Below is our translation of an improvised lecture given by Capablanca at the Club de Comunicaciones de Prado in Cuba on 25 May The full transcription.
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The delivery is casual and informal, occasionally anecdotal as he discusses specific games, Masters and styles. The capablxnca is called the middle-game, which comes immediately after the opening; this is studied less than the opening and it may be the least studied phase of the three.
To the Chess Notes main page. The first is the phase to which the majority of people devote the most time and study: This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Morris Nelms lecgures it as to-read Mar 06, I do not wish to explain to you all the variations which can occur, because that would be a difficult task and, as I have already lectufes, you can find them in any number of books, and I believe that the most important thing is to know the general outline of the purpose of the openings.
One of the most important things in the opening is rapid development of pieces, and if you can bring them out attacking at the same time, so much the better. I therefore believe that it would be best to illustrate matters as far as possible for those who are not so strong rather than for those who are of the first rank.
In the endgame the element of time is much more important or, at least, equally important as position. Leectures is currently reading it Mar 21, And they lose because they have studied the openings badly without learning them or because they have not studied them in depth.
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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Naturally in the lectires game, in order to obtain positional strength, time is often of great importance, since an attack can depend upon placing a piece at a particular point at a certain moment, before the opponent can prepare his defense.
At the London Tournament inin which we both participated, there was a relatively young player who did not have much experience. In the opening it is also often considered important whether there is an isolated pawn. People around me asked what I intended to do because they thought the game was drawn, and I told them that Black was lost. Although, I repeat, it is a good exercise for young players with little experience. Ben Murphy marked it as to-read Sep 29, On the other hand, the bishop is preferable to the knight if kast is possible without a pawn sacrifice.
The outcome of a game often depends on being able to obtain this combination. He demonstrates a number of variations on the endgame and laast general rules should help the player all across the board. P-Kt3 followed by B-Kt2, with the aim of controlling the center from afar, or by moving the central pawns. People lawt and lost with it, and it can be said that half the time they did not know why.
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White can move his rooks freely, whereas Black is unable to move with ease. Anyone wishing to progress in chess must consider the game as a whole that may be divided into three parts.
In this connection I will relate an anecdote about Dr Vidmar, one capavlanca the best players in the world who is also a man of science and a man of great ingenuity. All these are general points which may be useful to you in your progress at chess.
Many players sometimes become annoyed because they lose, but one learns more by losing than by winning. I am giving you a number of general ideas so that you can develop your game in your own way and advance as much as possible. Capablaanca provide an email address. Joseph rated it really liked it Jan 11, Queen and knight, however, are stronger than queen and bishop.
In this respect, I must draw attention to the value of the pieces. You will readily understand that it is much easier to handle one or two pieces than all the pieces together. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Afterwards, with your knowledge and the help of books, you can continue by practicing the fundamental principles on which they are based.
Last Lectures The Chess Legacy of Jose Raoul Capablanca
As an lsat, 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. Lwst you remember what I said a moment ago, the element of time is more important than the element of position, you will understand why the bishop is preferable to the knight, for the bishop can move from one side of the board to the other more easily than can the knight.
Chris Bermudez rated it really liked it Sep 25, The outcome of the game depends on it because the player who calls the tune has all the advantages and, except if he makes a mistake, all the winning chances. Andrea added it Oct 01, For instance, a knight situated on the fifth rank with no enemy pawn on either side to attack it becomes a piece of great strength.
Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Black, for his part, must, so to term it, restrict himself to marking time, trying to take the initiative in his turn. Referring to the position just mentioned, capabllanca the weak pawn, it can be seen that without queens on the board the question of time is very important.
Mohamed Al Sayyah marked it as to-read Aug 30, I draw your attention to these matters because capavlanca will find that whenever you derive advantage from the opening it is because of an exchange of this kind, which is considered to be an advantage which justifies the opening cwpablanca is played. There are players who prefer bishops to knights and others who prefer the opposite. White has the first move and thus has a predominant advantage over the central squares; Black has to try to avoid this as much as possible.
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