Sunday, December 15

Capablanca tops Alekhine in first-ever meeting, takes 1-0 lead in exhibition match

José R. Capablanca yesterday scored a convincing victory over Alexander Alekhine to take the first game of their exhibition match at St. Petersburg.  The game, the first-ever meeting over the board between the two young Masters, proved to be a rather one-sided affair, with Capablanca as White establishing a winning advantage on the Queen-side against Alekhine's Slav Defense and easily brushing aside all his opponent's attempts to gain counter-play.  Alekhine will doubtless seek to equalize the score when he handles the White pieces in the second and final game of the match, to be played in approximately one week's time.

Capablanca now leads by a 1-0 score in his matches against both Alekhine and Eugene Znosko-Borovsky, whom he defeated a few days ago. Tomorrow, in the opening game of yet another short match, the Cuban will face Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky, victor in individual encounters over both Dr. Lasker and Rubinstein at St. Petersburg in 1909.

We append the score of the Capablanca-Alekhine contest.

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