José Raúl Capablanca (19 November 1888 – 8 March 1942) was a Cuban and Spanish chess player who was world chess champion from 1921 to 1927. A chess prodigy, he is widely renowned for his exceptional endgame skill and speed of play.
‘Although I was only four years old at the time, I could soon appreciate the fact that a game of chess may be compared to a military battle – something that involves an attack on the part of one player, and a defence on the part of another. Action of this nature always made a deep impression upon me.’
* In the diagram - Capablanca (Black) moves his queen to a winning position
Capablanca chess is a chess variant invented in the 1920s by former World Chess Champion José Raúl Capablanca. Capablanca believed that chess would be played out in a few decades, predicting games between grandmasters would always end in draws.