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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I draw your attention to these matters because you 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 which is played. And indeed they do know them very well by heart, but nothing more.

I have shown you this opening and variation because it was played for many years. Eleven years ago I wrote a vapablanca, and instead of starting, as all books do, with the opening, I began with the ending, believing that was the proper place to start. capablajca

White can move his rooks freely, whereas Black is unable to move with ease. His skill in the endgame and his speed of play garner special praise. Don Bush marked it as to-read May 25, To the Archives for other feature articles.

There are many chessplayers who believe that three pawns are of the same value as a bishop or knight, but this is not so. Donald is currently reading it Mar 21, Refresh and try again. Tim rated it really liked it Aug 26, Sandy marked it as to-read Aug 26, For now nothing else of importance occurs to lectyres, except to say that you should note in the game opening I have presented how play simply develops around a backward pawn and a hole occupied by a piece which cannot be dislodged by a pawn.



Paperbackpages. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. If 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.

Ben Murphy marked it as to-read Sep 29, To sacrifice a piece one should be absolutely sure that one will quickly gain compensation, and it is recommended to do so, as I said before and repeat now, in order to exercise the imagination when one is a beginner.

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. As I said at the beginning, in this matter of general principles it is very difficult to explain their full utility in a single lecture, and it is possible that I have omitted a number of points. You will readily understand that it is much easier to handle one or two pieces than all the pieces together. Sai Han marked it as to-read Nov 28, In the opening it is also often considered important whether there is an isolated pawn.

Of course, the result of the game depends upon how a player uses the capablanfa he has since above all theories and fundamental principles come the imagination and lecturs of the player himself. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Time means the speed with which a particular location is reached. The center of the board comprises the four squares K4, Q4, K5 and Q5 from each side, which are the focal point of all openings.


Last Lectures The Chess Legacy of Jose Raoul Capablanca by José Raúl Capablanca

It is generally preferable to have a bishop against a knight, but any sacrifice made to achieve this would be a mistake. Since it is “”particularly intended for chess lovers of moderate strength”” the rules and examples, each accompanied by illustrations, are clear and explicit.

The matters that can be dealt with are so varied; there is also such a great difference in the strength of those listening, with the result that it is almost impossible in a single lecture to indicate or show anything that will be of particular benefit to a specific group.

There was a problem adding your email address. They do not understand the objectives behind the openings and therefore do not know what advantage has to be taken of them, and it often thus happens that they lose.

All these are general points which may be useful to you in your progress at chess. 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. He demonstrates a number of variations on the endgame and his general rules should help the player all across the board.