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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And indeed they do know them very well by heart, but nothing more.

Last Lectures The Chess Legacy of Jose Raoul Capablanca

In reality, if we give pawns the value of one unit, we should give three and a half to four to knights and bishops; rooks from five and a half to six and the queen a value of ten or eleven, according to whether the rooks are valued lecturfs five and a half or six.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. An excellent addition to the chess library.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. White can move his rooks freely, whereas Black is unable to move with ease. Tiger marked it as to-read Oct 30, In my book, which I mentioned earlier, you will find many of these positions which frequently arise in play; in this way players can train for positions which may llast occur in their own games.

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

Lectoragradecido added it Apr 16, In the opening it is also often considered important whether there is an isolated pawn. 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.


To those wishing to progress I would recommend that they study the book to which I referred. 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 capwblanca particular benefit to a specific group.

The outcome of the game depends on it because the player who calls the tune has all the advantages and, except if he makes a mistake, all the winning chances.

Published by Oectures Library first published May 15th One of the best players of all time. You will readily understand that it is much easier to handle one or two pieces than all the pieces together. I see in the audience a large number of strong players and I imagine that there is an even larger number of less strong players.

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. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. To the Chess Notes main page. But they should do this as a means of developing their imagination, not in the belief that this is a better way of playing.

Here the element of mobility is of great value and, combined with the element of time, leads to certain victory.

People around me asked what I intended to do because they thought the game was drawn, and I told them that Black was lost. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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

Although, I repeat, kectures is a good exercise for young players with little experience. Many players sometimes become annoyed because they lose, but one learns more by losing than by winning. In the books you will find that it has been played in countless games, but people played for an attack and not for position.

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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 capablancq from which they cannot be dislodged by pawns, but can be moved only by pieces of equal or superior strength.

Lecttures course, if one plays for an attack here victory is difficult, whereas by playing positionally and attacking the weak wing, the win cannot be in doubt.

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World chess champion from Pradip Pate marked it as to-read Apr 09, You will have seen that very often openings of this kind are played directly or indirectly: Consequently, this evening I am going to restrict myself to general matters for the benefit of players whom we might call of medium strength.

Which of the following best describes you? To the Archives for other feature articles. 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.

It should not be abandoned unless compensation is obtained. He demonstrates a number of variations on the endgame and his general rules should help the player all across the board. 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.