Capablanca and Bishop Immobilization

Capablanca’s games are an excellent study for intermediate players who want to improve their game. His endgame skill is legendary. His positional judgment is also highly regarded.

One positional motif that recurs in his games is the use of his pawns on one side of the board to restrict an enemy bishop and then launch an attack on the opposite side of the board. An example of this was the game Capablanca-Black, New York, 1916.

The same motif appears in Capablanca’s game against Winter at the 1919 Hastings Tournament. Isolate the opponent’s bishop, then initiate an attack on the opposite of the board.

Here’s a third example: Yates-Capablanca, Moscow, 1925.

Glenn Mitchell