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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Scott added it Aug 18, James Dwulit rated it it was amazing Aug 11, The outcome of a game often depends on being able to obtain this combination. Eleven years ago I wrote a book, and instead of starting, as all books do, with the opening, I began with the ending, believing that was the proper place to start.


Paperbackpages. It is generally preferable to have a bishop against a knight, but any sacrifice made to achieve this would be a mistake. Naturally in the middle game, in order to obtain positional strength, time is often of great importance, since an attack can depend upon placing a piece at a particular point at a certain moment, before the opponent can prepare his defense.

One of the best players of all time. White has the first move and thus has a predominant advantage over the central squares; Black has to try to avoid this as much as possible.

Afterwards, with your knowledge and the help of books, you can continue by practicing the fundamental principles on which they are lextures. 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. The delivery is casual and informal, occasionally anecdotal as he discusses specific games, Masters and styles.


Ben marked it as to-read Jun 17, An isolated pawn cannot be defended with another pawn, and has to be protected by pieces, and is thus open to the risk of capture. Don Bush marked it as to-read May 25, White can move his rooks freely, whereas Black is unable to move with ease.

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This slim volume is composed of the last twelve lectures Capablanca delivered before his death in Mohamed Al Sayyah marked it as to-read Aug 30, For instance, a knight situated on the fifth rank with no enemy pawn on either side to attack it becomes a piece of great strength. Also, some players prefer knights to bishops, whereas in fact in most games the bishop is a little, but only a little, more valuable than the knight.

Although, I repeat, it is a good exercise for young players with little experience. There was a problem adding your email address. Mai Reda marked it as to-read Apr 09, Tim rated it really liked it Aug 26, In this respect, I must draw attention to the value of the pieces.

Do you work in the book industry? At the London Tournament inin which we both participated, there was a relatively young player who did not have much experience. People around me asked what I intended to do because they thought the game was drawn, and I told them that Black was lost. His skill in the endgame and his speed of play garner special praise. Trivia About Last Lectures The That is to say: Want to Read saving…. If you remember what I said a moment ago, the element of time is more important than the element lst position, you will understand why the bishop is preferable to the knight, for the bishop can move from one side of the board caapablanca the other more capablanac than can the knight.

I mention this anecdote because in reality one should never sacrifice anything when one is playing to win. 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.


In pawn endings a bishop is preferable to a knight; however, in queen endings the knight is stronger. In my book, which I mentioned earlier, you will find capavlanca of these positions which frequently arise in play; in this way players can capwblanca for positions which may easily occur in their own games.

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

As regards play in general, you will often meet players, especially inexperienced ones, who readily give up pawns, and sometimes even pieces, for an attack. Joseph rated it really liked it Jan 11, Andrea added it Oct 01, And indeed they do know them very well by heart, but nothing more. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

It should not be abandoned unless compensation is obtained. Cqpablanca outcome of the game depends on it because the player who calls the tune has all the advantages and, capablajca if he makes a mistake, all the winning chances.

Of course, the result of the game depends upon how a player uses the pieces he has since above all theories and fundamental principles come the imagination and strength of the player himself.

Other Book Industry Professional. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Donald is currently reading it Mar capwblanca, You will readily understand that it is much easier to handle one or two pieces than all the pieces together.

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