Monday, July 29

Rice Chess Club tournament: Capablanca defeats Duras, improves record to 12-0; Cuban virtually assured of first place in tourney

José R. Capablanca defeated Oldrich Duras in an expertly handled Rook ending following the resumption of their adjourned game yesterday at the Rice Chess Club Summer Masters' Tournament, forcing his opponent's resignation after 75 moves.  With this latest victory the Cuban virtuoso improved his score to 12-0, with only the completion an adjourned contest vs. Abraham Kupchik - broken off in a position somewhat favorable to Capablanca - now standing between him and a perfect score in the Rice Club tourney.  Overall victory in the event has become a virtual certainty for the young maestro, and can be secured beyond all doubt even by a drawn result when his game vs. Kupchik is resumed later today.

A number of other adjourned games were played to their conclusion yesterday.  The contests Phillips-Kupchik, from Round 5, and Bernstein-Adair, from Round 7, were drawn, while Edward Tenenwurzel suffered a pair of defeats, being forced to surrender in his seventh and eighth round games vs. Roy T. Black and Oscar Chajes, respectively. Our score chart below reflects these latest results.

Current scores:

12 points: Capablanca (12)
6 1/2 points: Kupchik (8), Black (8)
6 points: Tenenwurzel (10)
5 1/2 points: Marder (9)
5 points: Duras (6), Adair (9), Chajes (9)
4 1/2 points: Bernstein (9)
3 1/2 points: Beynon (8)
2 1/2 points: Phillips (8)
2 points: Grommer (8)
Withdrawn: Stapfer, Beihoff

The number in parentheses following a player's surname indicates the number of games he has played to date, including two forfeit victories over Stapfer and Beihoff.  The adjourned game Grommer-Phillips is not included in the above table.

We present the complete Duras-Capablanca game, in which the Cuban following adjournment made steady progress with his reduced but mobile and well-coordinated forces, at last breaking the stout resistance of Duras.  We also offer our apologies for the absence of the scores of yesterday's other completed contests, which had not reached our offices at the time of going to press.

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