(3) Reti,Richard - Capablanca,Jose Raul [A15]
New York New York (5), 22.03.1924

This game was played by the theorist of the then new Hypermodern School of Chess the Czech player Richard Reti and the great Cuban World Champion of the time Jose Capablanca. Reti formulated a strategy of playing a flank opening, and not a pawn advance in the center as white. Nimzowitsch was another that created the opening move b3 but here Reti formulated that the move Nf3, now called the Reti Opening after him, was the best way to start a game. It has many transpositional qualities and Reti was formidable with it.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.b4 Bg7 4.Bb2 0-0 5.g3 b6
[5...Na6 6.Qb3 d5 7.cxd5 Qxd5 8.Qxd5 Nxd5 9.Bxg7 Kxg7 10.a3= with a tiny edge to Black.]

6.Bg2 Bb7 7.0-0 d6 8.d3 Nbd7 9.Nbd2 e5 10.Qc2
[10.Nxe5? Bxg2 11.Nxd7 Bxf1 12.Nxf6+ Bxf6 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.Kxf1-/+ ]

10...Re8! 11.Rfd1 a5 12.a3
[12.Nxe5? Bxg2 13.Nxd7 Qxd7 14.Kxg2 Rxe2 15.Re1 Qc6+ 16.Kg1 Qf3 17.Nxf3?! Rxc2 18.Bxf6 Bxf6 19.Rec1!-+ this is losing for White because of the weak a2 and b4 pawns and strong f6 Bishop.]

12...h6 13.Nf1
[13.Nxe5? Bxg2 14.Nxd7 Qxd7 15.Kxg2 Rxe2 16.Re1 Qc6+ 17.Kg1 Qf3 18.Nxf3 Rxc2 19.Reb1-/+ when White is a little passive.]

13...c5 14.b5
[14.Nxe5 Bxg2 15.Nxd7 Qxd7 16.Kxg2 now atlast the strategy of Nxe5 works but to little effect, ie the pawn won isnt worth much in such a closed position.]

14...Nf8 15.e3 Qc7 16.d4?! Be4?!
[16...e4!! the pawn is defendable on e4. 17.N3d2 Qe7 18.d5 Bc8 19.Nb1 N8h7 20.h4 Ng4 21.Nc3 Nhf6 22.Nd2 Bf5=/+ ]

[17.Qe2 ]

17...exd4 18.exd4 N6d7?+/=
[18...Ne6-/+ the natural move is missed-it is known that Jose was ill during the New York Tournament and this maybe why he played the last move.]

19.Qd2 cxd4 20.Bxd4 Qxc4 21.Bxg7 Kxg7 22.Qb2+!
the move Jose overlooked probably on his eighteenth move.

22...Kg8 23.Rxd6 Qc5?!
[23...Qc7 This may look passive but it is the only effective way to equality for Black. 24.Rad1 Rad8 25.Qd4 Bb7 26.Qf4 Bxf3 27.Qxf3 Ne5 28.Qf6 Rxd6 29.Qxd6 Qxd6 30.Rxd6 Re6 31.Rd8 Kg7+/= ]

24.Rad1 Ra7 25.Ne3! Qh5??
Rc7 was better when White has to work for his advantage- here the Black Queen is in danger of getting trapped.

26.Nd4 Bxg2 27.Kxg2 Qe5
[27...Rxe3? 28.fxe3 Qxd1?? 29.Nf5+- the Knight uncovers an attack to the Black Queen by the Rook on d6 and both threatens mate on g7 by the White Queen, thus Black would have lost his Queen.]

28.Nc4!? Qc5 29.Nc6 Rc7 30.Ne3 Ne5?? 31.R1d5
and the Queen is trapped, after 31...Nc4 comes 32.Rxc5 Nxb2 33.Rc2 Na4 34.Nd5 when Nf6+ forking King and Rook on e8 and Nxc7 are both threatened so it wins. Jose resigned, Richard never seriously challenged for the World title but Nf3 (The Reti Opening) passed into chess folklore. 1-0