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Chess Fundamentals by José Raúl Capablanca

23. Relinquishing the initiative

In the third case, there is nothing to do, once the material advantage is obtained, but to submit to the opponent's attack for a while, and once it has been repulsed to act quickly with all your forces and win on material. A good example of this type of game is given below.

Example 53.

From the Havana International Masters Tournament, 1913.

(Ruy Lopez) White: J. R. Capablanca. Black: D. Janowski.


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I have passed over the game lightly because of its difficult nature, and because we are at present concerned more with the opening and the middle-game than we are with the endings, which will be treated separately.