Sportsmanship in Chess

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IanCalvert
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Sportsmanship in Chess

Post by IanCalvert » Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:29 pm

Capablanca v Yates, Barcelona 1929, is the only loss included the collection of Yates' best games.

The much maligned Reinfeld described this, inclusion of a loss in a best games collection, as an unusual example.

I guess such games are of exceptionally high quality. Hence are their other such examples in World Chess?

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Re: Sportsmanship in Chess

Post by Roger de Coverly » Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:36 pm

IanCalvert wrote:
Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:29 pm
I guess such games are of exceptionally high quality. Hence are their other such examples in World Chess?
The obvious example is 60 Memorable Games by RJF. Even by then it was unusual for best or memorable game collections to include losses.

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Re: Sportsmanship in Chess

Post by David Sedgwick » Sun Oct 27, 2019 3:52 pm

W E Napier reportedly said that the best game he ever played was the one he lost to Emmanuel Lasker at Cambridge Springs 1904.

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1036787

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Re: Sportsmanship in Chess

Post by IanCalvert » Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:38 pm

Thanks David ( and Roger).

On , Surrey born, Napier Wiki says "Napier called a game he lost to reigning World Champion Emanuel Lasker at Cambridge Springs 1904 the best of his career. The game showed great tactical skill by both players. Napier was particularly impressed by how Lasker kept his composure in severe time pressure. Lasker said afterwards to his young opponent: "It is your brilliancy, even though I won it." "

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Re: Sportsmanship in Chess

Post by Neil Blackburn » Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:02 pm

Kurt Richter included a loss to Ludwig Engels in his best games collection. Capablanca famously gave losses in 'My Chess Career'.

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Re: Sportsmanship in Chess

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:05 pm

Neil Blackburn wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:02 pm
Capablanca famously gave losses in 'My Chess Career'
Partly because IIRC he had been criticised for only giving wins in his earlier book.
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