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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Open Preview See a Problem? On the other hand, when the sacrifice is not good, you can see that the best players in the world have played for years and years without making such offers, although they lectured often faced with an attack; they have ended up by winning because they gave up nothing except when they saw that the sacrifice was completely sound.

Ron Hopper added it Jan 29, Jefferson Saltorio marked it as to-read Sep 19, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Of 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.

Queen and knight, however, are stronger than queen and bishop. Don Bush marked it as to-read May 25, Be the first to discover new talent! But those who are already knowledgeable and aspire to the first rank should do what Vidmar said: There are players who prefer bishops to knights and others who prefer the opposite.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It may be that some strong players find something which is useful to them, and there may also be much for weak players, but my object is to reach the mass of weak or medium-strength players. Publicist or Marketing Professional. Black, for his part, must, so to term it, restrict himself to marking time, trying to take the initiative in his turn.

Published by Cornerstone Library first published May 15th In this respect, I must draw attention to the value of the pieces. Sandy marked it as to-read Aug lecturfs, And so in many openings the chief objective is to leave the opponent with an isolated pawn.

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. Diane marked it as to-read Aug 03, Lastly, there is the lazt, which is also not studied with the same attention and devotion as are the openings.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. There was a problem adding your email address. Tom marked it as to-read May 31, Alberto rated it really liked it May 24, Randy rated it really liked it Mar 02, As I said at the beginning, in this matter of general principles it is very lat to lecttures their full utility in a single lecture, and it is possible that I have omitted a number of points.


On a certain occasion, in a game in which he was carrying out a violent attack he sacrificed a piece or two or three pawns; I do not remember exactlybut it could be seen that this gentleman, despite the attack, would reach an endgame a piece or pawns down. James Dwulit rated it it was amazing Aug 11, Arya Samimi marked it as to-read Oct 06, 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.

Afterwards, with your knowledge and the help of books, you can continue by practicing the fundamental principles on which they are based. Return to Book Page.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I have very often met players who know the openings by lectuures that is to say, they have learned from capablanda book lectrues other and they think they know them very well.

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. 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. No trivia or quizzes yet. But they should do this as a means of developing their imagination, not in the belief that this is a better way of playing.

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. 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 lectrues the rooks are valued at five and a half or six.

Mai Reda marked it as to-read Apr 09, Want to Read lrctures. Referring to the position just mentioned, with the weak pawn, it can be capablnaca that without queens on the board the question of time is very important. It should not be abandoned unless compensation is obtained. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

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Do you work in the book industry? In the endgame the element of time is much more important or, at least, equally important as position.

A Lecture by Capablanca () (presented by Edward Winter)

But the main point is not the value itself in relation to pawns. Another very important element is the mobility of the pieces in positions of this kind. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.