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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Joseph rated it really liked it Jan 11, Sandy marked it as lectkres Aug 26, Be the first to discover new talent! For now nothing else of importance occurs to me, except to say that you should note in the game opening I have presented how play simply develops around a backward pawn and a hole occupied by a piece which cannot be dislodged by a pawn. I should like to conclude lash recommending you to use your imagination as much as possible; a player has to lose many games if he is to progress.

lecrures 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. Time means the speed with which a particular location is reached.

Ben marked it as to-read Jun 17, The first is the phase to which the majority of people devote the most time and study: Lists with This Book. There are many chessplayers who believe that three pawns are of the same value as a bishop or knight, but this is not so. The outcome of a game often depends on being able to obtain this combination.

In my lecfures, 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. After the endgames my book deals with a series of middle-game positions which are likely to occur in any game and which serve as a model for achieving the desired lecturees.

Andrea added it Oct 01, World chess champion from I wish to insist on this point because sacrificing a piece for an uncertain attack can give a bad result; a piece is too valuable to give it up on the basis of pure speculation. On the other hand, the bishop is preferable to the knight if this is possible without a pawn sacrifice.


Eleven years ago I wrote a book, and instead of starting, as all books do, with the opening, I began with the ending, believing that was the proper place to start. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Consequently, this evening I am going to restrict myself to general matters for the benefit of players whom lecturess might call of medium strength.

Last Lectures The Chess Legacy of Jose Raoul Capablanca

And finally, when you are, so to speak, bored with studying these phases, then is the time to begin studying the openings, for the openings are simply the beginning of the game and must lead to one of the other two phases. 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.

You will have seen that very often openings of this kind are played directly or indirectly: 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 endgame– “”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.

Mohamed Al Sayyah marked it as to-read Aug 30, Thus in the endgame the bishop is, on account of the time element, superior to the knight. 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. 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. Return to Book Page.

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

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

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Do you work in the book industry? Black, for his part, must, so to term it, restrict himself to marking time, trying to take the initiative in his turn. 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. 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 know the general outline of the purpose of the openings.

And indeed they do know them very well by heart, but nothing more. King added it Jan 30, By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Don Bush marked it as to-read May 25, 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.

In the opening it is also often considered important whether there is an isolated pawn. 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.

Tom marked it as to-read May 31, Lastly, there is the endgame, which is also not studied with the same attention and devotion as are the openings. If Black loses time and does not do so, White will have a clear, strong advantage. White can move his rooks freely, whereas Black is unable to move with ease.

Jefferson Saltorio marked it as to-read Sep 19, Chris Bermudez rated it really liked it Sep 25, Publicist or Marketing Professional. In this respect, I must draw attention to the value of the pieces.