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Monday, September 16, 2013

Nifty Capa Win

      Capa's opponent in this game was Juan Corzo y Principe (June 24, 1873–September 27, 1941).  Corzo was a Spanish–Cuban master, and champion of Cuba immediately preceding Capablanca.
      Born in Madrid, Corzo emigrated to Cuba in 1887. He studied under Pichardo and became Champion of the Havana Chess Club. He is best known for losing to Capa (4–3, 6 draws) in 1901 when Capablanca had just turned 13. But Corzo was a force in Cuban chess in his own right. Along with Capablanca, he founded the National Chess Federation of Cuba, and was a longtime editor of Capablanca's Chess Magazine. He won the championshipof Cuba 5 times: 1898, 1902, 1907, 1912, and 1918
      This game features the Hamppe-Allgaier Gambit named after Carl Hamppe (born 1814, Switzerland– died 17 May 1876). Hamppe was a senior government official in Vienna as well as a Swiss–Austrian master and theoretician. He played matches with Lowenthal (lost 4-5) in 1846 and edged Falkbeer (16-15) in 1850. He was badly beaten by Daniel Harrwits (2-5) in 1852 an again in 1860 (0.5-3.5) in 1860. Hamppe twice won the Vienna championship (1859 and 1860), both times ahead of Steinitz. He made contributions to two opening variations: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4 g4 5.Ng5), and 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 exf4 4.Nf3 g5 5.Bc4 g4 6.O-O gxf3 7.Qxf3.

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