Netflix has a new popular mini-series called "The Queen's Gambit." I give it five stars! Highly recommend it, you will enjoy every minute of it! It's a fictional story about an orphan chess prodigy. Yes, Chess! And the series makes it super exciting and entertaining.
I learned Chess as a young man in Cuba and grew up with stories of a Cuban born chess prodigy. Which this Series remind me of, by the way his name is been honored throughout the series.
In 1901 in an exhibition match, a young 13 years old boy beat Cuba's national chess champion Juan Corso. As described by Irving Chernev, "...This young boy averaged less than a minute for all his moves..."
This young boy was Jose Raul Capablanca; he was born in Cuba in 1888 and died in 1944. He learned to play Chess by watching his father, who was a Spanish soldier in Cuba. Capablanca later became the third world chess champion from 1921 to 1927 and very influential in the chess world.
Human Chess Machine
Jose Raul Capablanca was know as the "Human Chess Machine" this was due to the simplicity of his play, his legendary endgame prowess, accuracy, and the speed of his play. I found this 1920's silent Russian movie called "Chess Fever" where Capablanca plays itself; enjoy it!
Capablanca was famous for his simultaneous exhibition games. He's playing chess speed let itself to these types of games where one player plays many different players.
From December 1908 through February 1909, Capablanca toured the USA, and in 10 exhibitions, he won 168 games in a row before losing a game in Minneapolis; his final tally for that tour was 734 games, winning 96.7%
Capablanca played a simultaneous exhibition in Cleveland against 103 opponents, the largest in history up to that time. He was able to win 102 and drawing one – setting a record for the best winning percentage ever – 99.5% - in a large simultaneous exhibition.
Rare video of Jose Raul Capablanca explaining how Euwe he can win a game. The video starts with Hollander playing a game against Euwe and thinking he is lost. Capablanca then enters and shows him how he can actually win the position.
If you are interested in Chess or want to learn more about Jose Raul Capablanca I recommend you visiting these links: