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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Below is our translation of an improvised lecture given by Capablanca at the Club de Comunicaciones de Prado in Cuba on 25 May 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.

It is generally preferable to have a bishop against a knight, but any sacrifice made to achieve this would be a mistake. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest elctures, blogger. Trivia About Last Lectures The Afterwards, with your knowledge and the help of books, you can continue by practicing the fundamental principles on which they are based.

Ben Murphy marked it as to-read Sep 29, Scott added it Aug 18, If you consider what I have been saying lasf will see why.

And they lose because they have studied the openings badly without lctures them or because they have not studied them in depth. In the opening it is also often considered important whether there is an isolated pawn. James Dwulit rated it it was amazing Aug 11, All these are general points which may be useful to you in your progress at chess.

On the other hand, when the sacrifice is not good, you can see that the best players in the world have played for years and years without making such offers, although they are often faced with an attack; they have ended up by winning because capbalanca gave up nothing except when they saw that the sacrifice was completely sound.

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

Formerly, attention was not paid to these general considerations which I have attempted to explain this evening and which avoid a great deal of unnecessary work and can help you to develop a solid and simple game. White can move his rooks freely, whereas Black is unable to move with ease. People won and lost with it, and it can be said that half the time they lecctures not know why.


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. Open Preview See a Problem?

As regards play in general, you will often meet players, especially inexperienced ones, who readily give up pawns, and sometimes even pieces, for capablancca attack. To the Chess Notes main page.

Last Lectures The Chess Legacy of Jose Raoul Capablanca

It is clear that this can happen to anyone, but it is more likely to happen to someone who studies only the openings than to someone who dedicates himself to study of the two other phases. When winning a player thinks he is doing very well and he does not realize the mistakes he is making; but when he loses he appreciates that somewhere he was mistaken and he attempts not to make the same errors in the future.

In such games one can see the advantages of the endgame principles I have been explaining. 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.

Sign capalbanca here to receive your FREE alerts. Don Bush marked it as to-read May 25, To those wishing to progress I would recommend that they study the book to which I referred. 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.

Moreover, it is lectuers curious but true fact that no player becomes world champion or even a contender for the title unless he gives serious attention to the endgame.

Lecture so in many openings the chief objective is to leave the opponent with an isolated pawn. To sacrifice a piece one should be absolutely sure that one will quickly gain compensation, and it is recommended to do so, as I said before and repeat now, in order to exercise the imagination when one is a beginner.


World chess champion from Endgames are essential for it is there that most strong masters are weak; that is to say, this phase of the game is not studied with the same attention as the others.

Lastly, there is the endgame, which is also not studied with the same attention lazt devotion as are the openings. Ron Hopper added it Jan 29, Paperbackcalablanca.

There are many chessplayers who believe that lasf pawns are of the same value as a bishop or knight, but this is not so. 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.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. The delivery is casual and informal, occasionally anecdotal as he capablamca specific games, Masters and styles.

That is to say: Since it is “”particularly intended for chess lovers of moderate strength”” the rules and examples, each accompanied by illustrations, are clear and explicit. Rook and bishop are stronger than rook and knight, and two bishops are worth more than two knights.

It is called Chess Fundamentals and, as I lecturss said, it begins with the endgame. 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.

They do not understand the lazt behind the openings and therefore do not know what advantage has to be taken of them, and it often thus happens that they lose.

In the endgame the element of time is much more important or, at least, equally important as position.