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The Queen’s Gambit & Jose Raul Capablanca. 

By  Alexis Martin

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. 

Emanuel_Lasker

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I have known many chess players, but only one chess genius: Capablanca.


Emanuel Lasker  German chess player, mathematician, and philosopher.  World Chess Champion, from 1894 to 1921

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%

Jose Raul Capablanca Simultaneous

Capablanca, Jose Raul in 1911, Playing Simultaneous Games, Imperial Chess Club, London

Capablanca,  Playing Simultaneous Games in Berlin 1929.

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. 

Alexis Martin


I'm a first-generation Cuban immigrant. I have a passion for everything Cuba. I love to share our culture and my expertise in the world-famous Guayabera Shirt. On December 18, 2002, I sold my first Cuban Guayabera shirt online. I fell in love with the process and the fact that this is a business, you always have to be willing to learn. Many things have changed since then, new software services, new concepts. At Mycubanstore.com, we had been able to ride different market waves. We are always humbled and grateful for this privilege of building a future in this great country.

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