Born in Havana, Cuba in 1888, Jose
Raul Capablanca had the chess world in awe by the age of 20,
beating US Champion Frank Marshall at the famous Manhattan
Chess Club (MCC). While attending Columbia University as an engineering
student, Capablanca honed his skills by playing at Washington Square
Park and at the MCC.
In 1911, Capablanca played in his first
major tournament in San Sebastian, Spain. Among the contenders
were the greatest players of the time including Akiba Rubinstein
and Aron Nimzowitsch. Capablanca surprised the world by taking
Between 1914 and 1924, Capablanca lost only
one game. In 1921, Capablanca challenged Emanuel Lasker for
the World Championship. The match was played in Havana Cuba.
Although Lasker resigned the match on the grounds of ill health
after just fourteen games, it was clear that Capablanca had earned the
Capablanca remained World Champion for six years
and later became known as the best endgame player to ever grace
the game. In 1942, Capablanca suffered a stroke that took his
His opponent in this week's featured game, long-time
rival Alexander Alekine, in an introduction to a collection
of Capablanca's best games wrote "with his death, we have
lost a very great chess genius whose like we shall never see
White to mate in two moves.
Link to solution at the bottom.
Capablanca, J. - Alekhine, A.