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 do not criticize this, because I believe that players must hold the initiative and attack as much as possible.

It is clear that this can happen to anyone, but it is alst likely to happen to someone who studies only the openings than to someone who dedicates himself to study of the two other phases. 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.

Lists with This Book. Queen and knight, however, are stronger than queen and bishop.

Do you work in the book industry? Of course, if one plays for capablanfa attack here victory is difficult, whereas by playing positionally and attacking the weak wing, the win cannot be letcures doubt. Ron Hopper added it Jan 29, 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.


Last Lectures The Chess Legacy of Jose Raoul Capablanca

In the development stage of the game there are many openings to choose from, but all of them try to maintain control of the center. Lastly, capabalnca is the endgame, which is also not studied with the same attention and devotion as are the openings. Sandy marked it as to-read Jul 10, Mohamed Al Sayyah marked it as to-read Aug 30, After the endgames my book deals with a series of middle-game positions which are likely to occur in any game and which serve as a model for achieving the desired result.

There are players who prefer bishops to knights and others who prefer the opposite.

When winning a player thinks he is doing very well and he does not realize the mistakes he is making; but when he loses he appreciates that somewhere he was mistaken and he attempts not to make the same errors in the future.

In the opening it is also often considered important whether there is an isolated pawn.

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It may be that the latter require a little help, but the lsat undoubtedly need it much more. Fapablanca rated it really liked it Aug 26, The second is called the middle-game, which comes immediately after the opening; this is studied less than the opening and it may be the least studied phase of the three.


That is to say: And finally, when you are, so to speak, bored with studying these phases, then is the time to begin studying the openings, for the openings are simply the beginning of the game and must lead to one of the other two phases.

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Jefferson Saltorio marked it as to-read Sep 19, One of the best players of all time. Anyone wishing to progress in chess must consider the game as a whole that may be divided into three parts.

Formerly, attention was not paid to these general considerations which I have attempted to explain this evening and which avoid a great deal of unnecessary work and can help you to develop a solid and simple game. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

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