[Event "Reigate"] [Site "Reigate"] [Date "1939.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Capablanca, Jose Raul"] [Black "Michel"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A26"] [Annotator "Soltis"] [PlyCount "57"] [EventDate "1901.11.17"] [EventType "match"] [EventRounds "13"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [Source "Batsford"] [SourceDate "2015.10.26"] {BIRTHING BAD BISHOPS Let's recall David Bronstein's joke about Jose Capablanca "He always tried to exchange one bishop , so that he would have no problems about how to arrange his pawn chain" Bronstein was being ironic. But there is some evidence that the third world champion followed this policy. He not only made his remaining bishop a good piece in this way, but sought to make its opposite number a bad one.} 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Nc6 4. Bg2 g6 5. d3 Bg7 6. Bd2 Ne7 7. Nf3 d6 8. O-O O-O 9. Qc1 Nh5 10. Bh6 f5 11. Bxg7 Kxg7 12. e3 $1 h6 {Step one has been completed. Capablanca executed the trade of dark-squared bishops (Bd2, Qc1, Bh6 and Bxg7). Black's remaining bishop is slightly bad because of the pawn at f5. Step two is beginning. After} 13. Ne2 (13. Ne2 {..... White sought to put pawns at f4 and/or d4. That will allow him to exert pressure on Black's e-pawn and tempt Black to make his bishop worse.(} Bd7 14. d4 e4 $6 15. Nd2 {)} ) {Next came} 13... Be6 14. Qc3 Kh7 15. Nd2 c6 16. Rae1 Qd7 17. f4 $1 {Black couldn't maintain a pawn on e5 for long} ({(} 17. f4 Qc7 18. Nf3 {)}) {..... so he tried for counterplay with ......} 17... exf4 18. Nxf4 Nxf4 19. gxf4 $5 ( {White could have maintained a textbook positional edge with} 19. exf4 { follwed by Rf2 and Rfe2. But he tried the sharper}) 19... Rae8 20. Rf3 Ng8 21. Rg3 Nf6 22. Bf3 d5 23. b3 Rd8 24. d4 $5 {White closed the centre to restrict Black's bishop and to avoid a dangerous .... dxc4. Black should have tried to exploit the e-file (24. .... Bf7, 25.....Rfe8, 26. . ... Re7) However, play went ...........} Ne4 $2 25. Nxe4 fxe4 26. Be2 Qe7 27. Rf1 Rf7 {Diagram [#]White's simple strategy has given him the better chances on both wings and he built up slowly ........} 28. Qa5 $1 a6 29. Rf2 {until he could break through on the queenside and win.} 1-0