A Compendium of Games, Notes, Articles, Correspondence, Illustrations and Other Rare Archival Materials on the Cuban Chess Genius José Raúl Capablanca, 1888–1942


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About the Book

This compendium provides an enormous amount of documentary data, usefully organized, much of it unseen since original (and often obscure) publication. Writings are by and about Capablanca; the minute details of his life and games proceed chronologically; the controversies of his career are especially well documented. The book has a games and positions index, an index of openings, a general index, and 26 rare photographs on glossy plates.

About the Author(s)

Edward Winter is an author, journalist, archivist and “the world’s most renowned chess historian” (in the words of Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan). He began Chess Notes in 1982.

Bibliographic Details

Edward Winter
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 359
Bibliographic Info: 165 games, 26 glossy plates, diagrams, appendices, notes, bibliography, indexes
Copyright Date: 2011 [1989]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6634-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1179-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Sources of Photographs      viii

Preface      ix

1. Prodigy      1
2. Rapid Ascent      21

Between pages 54 and 55 are 16 pages of plates containing 26 photos

3. Negotiations with Lasker      55
4. To the Summit      69
5. Champion      117
6. London, 1922      139
7. New York, 1927      152
8. Changing the Rules      176
9. Challenges      186
10. In Search of a Rematch      207
11. An Active Ex-Champion      242
12. Moscow, 1936      261
13. Nottingham, 1936      277
14. Buenos Aires, 1939      283
15. Epilogue      300

Notes      309

1. Capablanca’s Tournament and Match Records      329
2. General Bibliography      331
3. Games and Positions Chronologically      332

Indices      267
1. Games and Positions by Player      337
2. Openings      339
3. General      340

Book Reviews & Awards

Book of the Year—British Chess Federation
“there are very few chess books published which have become classics…a masterpiece…you will marvel at [this book’s] excellence…scrupulously detailed…the book is simply wonderful”—Chess Life; “a wonderful piece of scholarship”—New In Chess; “fascinating reading”—British Chess Magazine; “no admirer of Capablanca should be without this book”—Manchester Chess Federation; “superb”—Standpoint Magazine; “undoubtedly one of the best chess books I have read.”— GM Nigel Short; “a magnificently researched work by the world’s most renowned chess historian.”—GM Yasser Seirawan; “highly recommended”—IM John Donaldson (; “Edward Winter’s brilliant book Capablanca stripped the fluff from the third world champion’s legend, letting long-forgotten facts separate man from myth and showing that, at times, the actual man was far greater than the myth would have us believe. By humanizing someone who was always deemed larger than life, and was idolized by chessplayers and non-chessplayers alike, Edward Winter, the world’s greatest and most respected chess historian, has given us a piece of literature that has become a legend unto itself, and is universally viewed as one of the greatest books ever written about chess”—IM Jeremy Silman, (; “a gem. I think Capablanca would have chosen it as the best of all the books on him. It represents a tremendous amount of work. A wealth of material has been amassed with the precision and care of a devotee. It is also a beautifully produced tome, with that sober elegance so characteristic of Capablanca himself.”—Olga Capablanca Clark; “everything written about, and written by the great Cuban, World Chess Literature has been assiduously rifled…unique selection of photographs”—Chess Moves; “a monumental work”—Quarterly for Chess History; “outstanding thorough research and accuracy”—Chess; “fascinating treatment”—Winnipeg Free Press.