Fortune Favors The Strong | Capablanca vs Lilienthal | Moscow 1936.

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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Andre Lilienthal
Moscow (1936), Moscow URS, rd 8, May-23
Reti Opening: Anglo-Slav. Bogoljubow Variation III (A12)

1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 c6 3. b3 Bf5 4. Bb2 e6 5. g3 Nf6 6. Bg2 Nbd7 7. O-O h6 8. d3 Be7 9. Nbd2 O-O 10. Rc1 a5 11. a3 Re8 12. Rc2 Bh7 13. Qa1 Bf8 14. Re1 Qb6 15. Bh3 Bc5 16. Rf1 Bf8 17. Rcc1 Rad8 18. Rfe1 Bc5 19. Rf1 Bf8 20. Bg2 Bd6 21. Ne5 Be5 22. Be5 Ne5 23. Qe5 Nd7 24. Qb2 Nf6 25. b4 ab4 26. Qb4 Qb4 27. ab4 Ra8 28. Ra1 Nd7 29. Nb3 Kf8 30. Ra5 dc4 31. dc4 Nb6 32. Ra8 Ra8 33. Na5 Ra7 34. Rd1 Ke8 35. Nb7 Rb7 36. Bc6 Rd7 37. c5 Ke7 38. Bd7 Nd7 39. c6 Nb6 40. c7 Bf5 41. Rd8 e5 42. Rb8 Nc8 43. b5 Kd6 44. b6 Ne7 45. Rf8 Bc8 46. Rf7 Nd5 47. Rg7 Nb6 48. Rh7 Nd5 49. Rh6 Kc7 50. e4 Ne7 51. f3 Kd7 52. h4 Ke8 53. Rf6 Ng8 54. Rc6

Following the successes in international tournaments of Moscow (1925) and Moscow (1935), Nikolai Vasilyevich Krylenko again sought to stun the chess world and the Soviet Union with a third international event between Soviet masters and their foreign counterparts. This time, however, he conceived of a more rigorous format, with the ten players (five Soviets and five foreigners) in a double round robin competition. The lineup was impressive, with Capablanca and Lasker being invited back a third time to compete in Moscow, in addition to the previous year’s winners, Botvinnik and Flohr. The tournament was held in Moscow’s famous Hall of Columns from May 14 to June 8. Capablanca’s near flawless accuracy and superiority in the endgame proved to be instrumental in winning first prize by a full point over the future world champion Botvinnik. Lasker, who had always finished ahead of his successor to the crown in prior tournaments, started out strongly, but at 67 years of age he became fatigued more easily and his performance suffered during the second cycle. The tournament brought immense excitement and interest, both to the citizens of the Soviet Union and to the greater world at large. Capablanca’s first place was to be one of the last successes against the Soviet Chess School before the triumph of Robert James Fischer 36 years later. It was also the last hurrah for Krylenko, the founder and organizer of the tournament. He was arrested in January 1938, tried and executed later that year.

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