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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In other cases White must maintain the initiative, which means maintain the attack.

Tiger marked cpablanca as to-read Oct 30, To those wishing to progress I would recommend that they study the book to which I referred. Ron Hopper added it Jan 29, 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 lcetures “”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.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I do not criticize this, because I believe that players must hold the initiative and attack as much as possible. It should never be left forgotten on the back rank, but should be advanced as much as possible as the pieces are liquidated and the board is cleared.

Time means the speed with which a particular location is reached. Scott added it Aug 18, I have very often met players who know the openings by heart; that is to say, they have learned from some book or other and they think they know them very well. I am giving you a number of general ideas so that you can develop your game in your own way and advance as much as possible.


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In pawn endings a bishop is preferable to a knight; however, in calablanca endings the knight is stronger. Morris Nelms marked it as to-read Mar 06, I do not wish to explain to you all the variations which can occur, because that would be a difficult task and, as I have already mentioned, you can find them in any number of books, and I believe that the most important thing is to lfctures the general outline of the purpose of the openings.

In other words, one should not, for instance, sacrifice a pawn in order to retain a bishop against a knight.

Lastly, there is the endgame, which is also not studied with the same attention and devotion as are the openings. 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.

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 easily occur in their own games.

Afterwards, with your knowledge and the help of books, you can continue by practicing the fundamental principles on which they are based. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Donald is currently reading it Mar 21, It is generally preferable to have a bishop against a knight, but any sacrifice made to achieve this would be a mistake. It should not be abandoned unless compensation is obtained. But they should do this as a means of developing their imagination, not in the belief that this is a better way of playing.


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

There are players who prefer bishops to knights and others who prefer the opposite. Pradip Pate marked it as to-read Apr 09, Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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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. Tim rated it really liked it Aug 26, To the Chess Notes main page. Paperbackpages. If Black loses time and does not do so, White will have a clear, strong advantage. In this respect, I must draw attention to the value of the pieces.

Thus in the endgame the bishop is, on account of the time element, superior to the knight. In such games one can see the advantages of the endgame principles I have been explaining.

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.

Another very important element is the mobility of the pieces in positions of this kind. Although, I repeat, it is a good exercise for young players with little experience. And indeed they do know them very well by heart, but nothing more. World chess champion from