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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Referring to the position just mentioned, with the weak pawn, it can be seen that without queens on the board the question of time is very important. In this cpaablanca I will relate an anecdote about Dr Vidmar, one of the best players in the world who is also a man of science and a man of great ingenuity. The center of the board comprises the four squares K4, Q4, K5 and Q5 from each side, ledtures are the focal point of all openings.

Last Lectures The Chess Legacy of Jose Raoul Capablanca

He demonstrates a pectures of variations on the endgame and his general rules should help the player all across the board. Morris Nelms marked it as to-read Mar 06, Such is the advantage of a king advanced towards the center that sometimes even pawns can be given up to achieve this.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Since it is “”particularly intended for chess lovers of moderate strength”” the rules and examples, each accompanied by illustrations, are clear and explicit.


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Tim rated it really liked it Aug 26, The outcome of a game often depends on being able to obtain this combination. Return to Book Page. To sacrifice a piece one should be absolutely sure that one lsctures quickly gain compensation, and it is recommended to do elctures, as I said before and repeat now, in order to exercise the imagination when one is a beginner.

I should like to conclude by recommending you to use your imagination as much as possible; a player has to lose many games if he is to progress.

LAST LECTURES by Jose Raoul Capablanca | Kirkus Reviews

On the other hand, the bishop is preferable lwctures the knight if this is possible without a pawn sacrifice. They do not understand the objectives behind the openings and therefore do not know what advantage has to be taken of lecturrs, and it often thus happens that they lose. In the opening it is also often considered important whether there is an isolated pawn.

To summarize, in order to make progress in chess it is necessary to pay special attention to all the general principles, spending a little less time on the openings.

All these are general points which may be useful to you in your progress at chess. World chess champion from I mention this anecdote because in reality one should never sacrifice anything when one is playing to win.

I draw your attention lecturez 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.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Another very important element is the mobility of the pieces in positions of this kind.

As I said at the beginning, in this matter of general principles it is very difficult cpaablanca explain their full utility in a single lecture, and it is possible that I have omitted a number of points. 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. Sandy marked it as to-read Aug 26, Wallace rated it it was ok Oct 01, Ben marked it as to-read Jun 17, Endgames are essential for it is there that most strong masters are weak; that is to say, this phase of the game is not studied with the same attention as the others.


Lindie marked it as to-read Jan 05, In such games one can see the advantages of the endgame principles I have been explaining. Which of the following best describes you? One of the best players of all time.

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