José Raúl Capablanca (1888 - 1942) MP

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Birthplace: Habana, Cuba
Death: Died in Manhattan, New York, United States
Cause of death: Stroke
Managed by: Susanna Engberg Barnevik
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About José Raúl Capablanca

Chess World Champion, 1921-1927. Campeón Mundial de Ajedrez, 1921-1927

José Raúl Capablanca y Graupera (19 November 1888 – 8 March 1942) was a Cuban chess player who was world chess champion from 1921 to 1927. One of the greatest players of all time, he was renowned for his exceptional endgame skill and speed of play. Due to his achievements in the chess world, mastery over the board and his relatively simple style of play he was nicknamed the "Human Chess Machine".

José Raúl Capablanca, the second surviving son of a Spanish army officer, was born in Havana on November 19, 1888. According to Capablanca, he learned the rules of the game at the age of four by watching his father play, pointed out an illegal move by his father, and then beat his father twice. At the age of eight he was taken to Havana Chess Club, which had hosted many important contests, but on the advice of a doctor he was not allowed to play frequently.

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José Capablanca's Timeline

November 19, 1888
Habana, Cuba
December, 1921
Age 33
Age 48
October 20, 1938
Age 49
New York, United States
March 8, 1942
Age 53
Manhattan, New York, United States
Age 53
Habana, Cuba