White to Play

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Lesson 19 of Chess Summer School: how to turn a space advantage into a win. This position is from Capablanca-Eliskases, 1936. Black is more cramped than White and Capa takes advantage of it.

1.f5 exf5 Not just a temporary pawn sac, but a vacating move, allowing the white king a more aggressive position on the board. 1...Kh6 2.Kf4 (2.f6 Re8 3.Kf4 Rg8 4.Rg3 Rxg3 5.Kxg3 Kg6 6.a4 b6 7.b5 cxb5 8.axb5 Kf7 9.Kf4 Kg6 10.f7 Kxf7 11.Kg5) 2...Re8 3.Rg3 b6 4.Rg6+ 2.Kf4 Re6 2...Kf7 3.Rg3 3.Kxf5 Rg6 4.e6 Another vacating move! 4...Rg4 5.Ke5 Re4+ 6.Kd6 Rxd4 7.Re3 Black Resigns. As after 7...Re4 [7...Kf8 8.e7+ Ke8 9.Rf3]8.Rxe4 dxe4 9.e7 e3 10.e8Q 1–0


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