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 lastt 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. Andrea added it Oct 01, 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 capqblanca group.

Be the first to discover new talent! You will readily understand that it is much easier to handle one or two pieces than all the pieces together. Lectjres was a problem adding your email address. Time means the speed with which a particular location is reached.

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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.

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Referring to the position just mentioned, with the weak pawn, it can be seen that without queens on the board the question of time lwst very important.

And so in many openings the chief objective is to leave the opponent with an isolated pawn. I do not criticize this, because I believe that players must hold the initiative and attack as much as possible.

Last Lectures The Chess Legacy of Jose Raoul Capablanca

P-Kt3 followed by B-Kt2, with the aim of controlling the center from afar, or by moving the central pawns. Sandy marked it as to-read Aug 26, Such is the advantage of a king advanced towards the center that sometimes even pawns can be given up to achieve this.

It is called Chess Fundamentals and, as I have said, it begins with the endgame.

Paperbackpages. But the main point is not the value itself in relation to pawns. Published by Cornerstone Library first published May 15th There are no discussion topics on this lsat yet.

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If you consider what I have been saying you will see why. Naturally in the middle game, in order to obtain positional strength, time is often of great importance, since an attack can depend capabpanca placing a piece at a particular point at a certain moment, before the opponent can prepare his defense. Moreover, it is a curious but true fact that no player becomes world champion or even a contender for the title unless he gives serious attention to the endgame.

Jefferson Saltorio marked it as to-read Sep 19, Rook and bishop are stronger than rook and knight, and two bishops are worth more than two knights. 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.


At the London Capab,anca inin which we both participated, there was a relatively young player who did not have lectrues experience. Tim rated it really liked it Aug 26, Sandy marked it as to-read Jul 10, Sai Han marked it as to-read Nov 28, 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Capablanca, a former chess World Champion and a prodigy who is generally considered to be one of the game’s three greatest masters, was particularly concerned with the endgame– “”whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middlegame and the opening must be studied in relation to the endgame”” and this is the major concern of this book.

Pradip Pate lecturew it as to-read Apr 09, This is what is generally called position, the most important thing being to obtain a dominating position. Generally speaking, apart from middle-game combinations it is necessary for one side to avoid and for the other to allow the placing of pieces in positions from which they cannot be dislodged by pawns, but can be moved only by pieces of equal or superior strength.