CAPABLANCA CHESS

Featured is a brief introduction for the chess variant Capablanca Chess along with a 10+5 game I played against Fairy-Stockfish level 5 on pychess.org. I’ve only been playing this variant for a few days now, and it feels like it has been stretching my mind. Capablanca chess (or Capablanca’s chess) is a chess variant invented in the 1920s by World Chess Champion José Raúl Capablanca. It incorporates two new pieces (chancellor/archbishop) and is played on a 10×8 board. Capablanca believed that chess would be played out in a few decades (meaning games between grandmasters would always end in draws). This threat of “draw death” for chess was his main motivation for creating a more complex version of the game.

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113 Comments

  1. I think it helps your chess in a similar way that 960 does.
    Maintaining the stretchiness of your plastic brain.

  2. This was fun. Cool to see almost going back to basics and looking at opening theory, stuff like that

  3. 4 way chess would be way better if you replaced the Knights with a Chancellor & Archbishop 🐴

  4. absolutely love the concept of archbishop and chancellor. seems like the value of the chancellor is about the same as a queen, similar to the relationship between knight and bishop. And archbishop is around a 6-7 (so better than a rook but not as valuable as the queen). Would love to see more!

  5. It sucks that the knights are farther away from the center, the now c and h files would be the ideal starting squares.

  6. Computer played bc7 as you were able to pick up a free pawn on c5 as recapture leads to queen check and then pick up the bishop on a5. Why the computer played ba5 in the first place is the bigger mystery hahah

  7. Looks like a cavalry kind of battle here🐴🦄🦓!

  8. anybody ever play capablanca/fischer combined? what a mess that would be…

  9. I enjoy playing Gothic (Trice) Chess online, which is similar, but with a different arrangement of pieces on the back rank. I really like the very logical extension the new pieces bring, given that a Queen is essentially just a Rook + Bishop already.

  10. This was fun! I'd like to see another game sometime.

  11. Great showcase, mate! Really enjoyed seeing the strategy and early game observations

  12. I'd love to see more videos and streams of this, this is a really cool variant!

  13. If the queen is worth 9 points, the rook 5, bishops and knights 3, how much is the chancellor and archbishop worth?

  14. @8;33 ykin should have given check with queen then easily you could have attacked rook (black rook)

  15. At 13:14, can Nxa5 Rb2 be met by Nxc7 threatening Rxg7 and Ne6 ideas?

  16. 💙💛Thank you Jerry for sharing this gem. I had no idea that there's a website where I could play this variant of chess. So far – enjoying it a lot. Even playing against computer is much more fun than the regular chess, because the pieces are so tricky and combinations sometimes are just unpredictable.

    Also – big thanks to you and your work. I've been watching and enjoying your videos for many years already. Happy to see you still posting and also enjoying the game.

  17. Thank you for the video. I have the chess set and board from House of Staunton. I haven't tried to play the game. Years ago I asked a chess-playing friend if he would play Musketeer chess, but he said no because he thought chess was hard enough for him.

  18. please post the link for where we can play this

  19. Thank you for showcasing this site. Potentially interesting to have an AI to try and play chess variants against.

    Whatever happened to Omega Chess? That crossed my radar some years ago, but did not buy a board while they made them, sadly. Wish I had for the different pieces and board, even if it didn't exactly last as its own game.

  20. I would like to see such chess variants gain more traction especially for computer chess as computers will draw so many games it's as if the game isn't complicated enough for them to struggle (although of course they do, otherwise they wouldn't lose)

  21. The opening issues looks very similar to Shogi, I like 😀

  22. Please make more videos about this chess..I was looking where to play it, now I now..

  23. It's sad the chess world is mired in systematic cheating. Playing is no longer fun for me, personally. I enjoy watching newbies "live" at my chess club. Funny and brutal moves…..

  24. Mind bending and fun to watch–enjoyed this one, Jerry.

  25. Hello Jerry I am a Casual Chess Player but Have Accumulated More Than 500 Wins Against THe A.i. on Chess Pro on my phone At The Hardest Level With No Time Limits, How Could i Send u These Games 4 Analyses Maybe ????

  26. maybe 960 Fischer Random could also fix top level draw occurrence issue with traditional chess? i feel like 960 looks a bit more standard and could possibly attract more of the general chess population. To support my statement, right now there is 960 world championship with top level players competing, including Carlsen, Nakamura, So, Nepo, not to mention the other GMs

  27. Did you consider 13. Bxc5? Winning two pawns from what i saw. Fun variant to play!! Gonna try this out soon

  28. Sadly, almost noone's playing on that website.

  29. Gothic Chess are much better, don't have flaws of Capablanca variant.

  30. Estimados colegas del Ajedrez. Serīan tan amables de decirme donde puedo adquirir un Chess Set de 40 piezas, como lo sugirió JR Capablanca. Mil gracias!!

  31. Didn't knew this one, interesting, indeed may go hand in hand witn regular ones

  32. Thank you for this video! I've always wondered what this game was like ever since I heard of it in a book about Capablanca.

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