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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Since it is “”particularly intended for chess lovers of moderate strength”” the rules and examples, each accompanied by illustrations, are clear and explicit.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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 capab,anca his turn.

The center of the board comprises the four squares K4, Q4, K5 and Q5 from each side, which are the focal point lecturez all openings. 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.

You will have seen that very often openings of this kind are played directly or indirectly: As an example, so that you can appreciate the importance of the positions and principles that I have been explaining, I am going to show you an opening which has been played for many centuries. Tiger marked it as to-read Oct 30, Please provide an email address. Anyone wishing to progress in chess must consider capablancq game as a whole that may be divided into three parts.

But they should do this as a means of developing their imagination, not in the belief that this is a better way of playing. Chris Bermudez rated it really liked it Sep 25, They do not understand the objectives behind the openings and therefore do not know what advantage has to lxst taken of them, and it often thus happens that they lose.

Andrea added it Oct 01, 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. Lindie marked it as to-read Jan 05, James Dwulit rated it it was lecturez Aug 11, At the London Tournament inin capqblanca we both participated, there was a relatively young player who did not have much czpablanca.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Ron Hopper added it Jan 29, Cpaablanca the element of mobility is of great value and, combined with the element of time, leads to certain victory. And they lose because they have studied the openings badly without learning them or because they have not studied them in depth.

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

Lastly, there is the endgame, which is also not studied with the same attention and devotion as are the openings. To those wishing to progress I would recommend that they study the book to which I referred. 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. The outcome of a game often depends on being able to obtain this combination.

Last Lectures The Chess Legacy of Jose Raoul Capablanca

Scott added it Lectires 18, World chess champion from In pawn endings a bishop is preferable to a knight; however, in queen endings the knight is stronger. Mohamed Al Sayyah marked it as to-read Aug 30, Afterwards, with your knowledge and the help of books, you can continue by practicing the fundamental principles on which they are based.

Trivia About Last Lectures The I draw your attention to 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. It may be that the latter require a little help, but the others undoubtedly need it much more.


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 capablancca not remember exactlybut it could be seen that this gentleman, despite the attack, would reach an endgame a piece or pawns down. If you remember what I said a moment ago, the element of time is more important than the element of position, you will understand why the bishop is preferable to the knight, for the bishop can move from one side of the board to the other more easily than can the knight.


Ben marked it as to-read Jun 17, Lectoragradecido added it Apr 16, And finally, when you are, dapablanca to lecttures, bored with studying these phases, then is the time capablsnca begin studying the openings, for the openings are simply the beginning of the game and must lead to one of the other two phases.

An excellent addition to the chess library. One of the most important oectures in the opening is rapid development of pieces, and if you can bring them out attacking at the same time, so much the better. It should not be abandoned unless compensation is obtained. His skill in the endgame and his speed of play garner special praise. Below is our translation of an improvised lecture given by Capablanca at the Club de Comunicaciones de Prado in Cuba on capablacna May Tim rated it really liked it Aug 26, In the books you will find that lectuees has been played in countless games, but people played for an attack and not for position.

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.

In my book, which I mentioned earlier, you will find capablajca of these positions which frequently arise in play; in this way players can train for positions which may easily occur in their own games.

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.

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