Jose Raul Capablanca
"As one by one I mowed them down, my superiority
soon became apparent."
World Champion 1921-1927
Born: 1888, Havana
Died: 1942, New York
Capablanca achieved his fame from his amazing intuition.
After a mere glance at a position
he could understand all of its subtleties. He steered games toward simple
positions where he had a much better understanding than that of his opponents.
Capablanca is perhaps most appreciated for his endgame
technique. He was often able to
win with ease endgame positions that looked drawish
or at best very difficult. In one notable game, Capablanca made a beautiful
queen sacrifice which resulted
in a slightly better endgame. One of the highest compliments a chess player
can receive is "You played that endgame like Capablanca." Capablanca won
the World Championship title from Lasker in 1921.