Cuban phenomenon José R. Capablanca scored a crushing victory over Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky in the first game of their exhibition match at St. Petersburg, shattering his opponent's carefully-constructed central edifice with a surprising Knight capture and gaining a winning position as early as the 15th move. With this latest triumph Capablanca has now taken a 1-0 lead in each his two-game matches against Russian opponents Eugene Znosko-Borovsky, Alexander Alekhine, and Dus-Chotimirsky, and has thus progressed halfway toward winning the gold cup promised him as a special prize should he succeed in sweeping all six games of the series. Capablanca's next test will come in his return encounter vs. Znosko-Borovsky on the 18th inst.
Dus-Chotimirsky, with the move, selected the Queen's Pawn Game, and to most eyes the position after White's 15.Nc5 seemed safe enough for the first player. Capablanca's 15...Nxd4 thus came as quite a surprise, after which Dus-Chotimirsky was faced with a choice of losing continuations. The path taken by White, 16.exd4 Bxc5 17.a3 Qxd4, left Black in possession of two extra pawns, after which all the Russian's desperate attempts to complicate matters - which included the sacrifice of his Queen - came to naught, and Capablanca scored the contest to his credit at the 34th move. A glance at the final position will suggest that White perhaps prolonged the struggle somewhat beyond the usual Master custom.
We append the game below.