Capablanca explains his revolutionary move

When the great José Raúl Capablanca has some thoughts to share regarding a specific type of pawn structure, we all do best to pay attention very closely. It is in the case of the hanging pawns structure Capablanca expresses his rationale. An older train of thought would deem Capablanca’s move poor due to its multiple negative consequences. The “Chess Machine” however adds invaluable insight to his move that would ultimately impact the mindset of future Grandmasters. The game, played in 1914, features Capablanca with black against Ossip Bernstein.

Featured game PGN:
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 Be7 5. Bg5 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. Rc1 b6 8. cd5 ed5 9. Qa4 Bb7 10. Ba6 Ba6 11. Qa6 c5 12. Bf6 Nf6 13. dc5 bc5 14. O-O Qb6 15. Qe2 c4 16. Rfd1 Rfd8 17. Nd4 Bb4 18. b3 Rac8 19. bc4 dc4 20. Rc2 Bc3 21. Rc3 Nd5 22. Rc2 c3 23. Rdc1 Rc5 24. Nb3 Rc6 25. Nd4 Rc7 26. Nb5 Rc5 27. Nc3 Nc3 28. Rc3 Rc3 29. Rc3 Qb2

Supplemental game PGN of Mario Bertok vs Robert James Fischer:
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Be7 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5 O-O 6. e3 h6 7. Bh4 b6 8. cd5 Nd5 9. Be7 Qe7 10. Nd5 ed5 11. Be2 Be6 12. O-O c5 13. dc5 bc5 14. Qa4 Qb7 15. Qa3 Nd7 16. Ne1 a5 17. Nd3 c4 18. Nf4 Rfb8 19. Rab1 Bf5 20. Rbd1 Nf6 21. Rd2 g5 22. Nd5 Nd5 23. Bc4 Be6 24. Rfd1 Ne3 25. Qe3 Bc4 26. h4 Re8 27. Qg3 Qe7 28. b3 Be6 29. f4 g4 30. h5 Qc5 31. Rf2 Bf5

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