Letter from Jose Raul Capablanca

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Author: Capablanca y Graupera, Jose Raul (1888-1942) signed

Year: 1932

Publisher: Self Written

Place: Havana

Description:

3 page letter (6 1/4" x 5") written on one side on each sheet in J R Capablanca's hand to unknown recipient and signed on the last page.

The letter discusses Capablanca's health and the cost of traveling and remuneration. but because of the cost he was regretfully turning down the offer to perform, possibly a simultaneous exhibition. But thanked him for allowing "Isabella" to stay a few day at his place and that he may seem after a tournament later in Los Angeles.

Jose Raul Capablanca y Graupera was a Cuban chess player who was world chess champion from 1921 to 1927. A chess prodigy, he is considered by many as one of the greatest players of all time, widely renowned for his exceptional endgame skill and speed of play. After several unsuccessful attempts to arrange a match with the then world champion Emanuel Lasker, Capablanca finally won the title from Lasker in 1921. Capablanca was undefeated for eight years from 10 February 1916 to 21 March 1924, a period which included the world championship match with Lasker. Capablanca lost the title in 1927 to Alexander Alekhine, who had never beaten Capablanca before the match. Following unsuccessful attempts to arrange a return match over many years, relations between them became bitter. Capablanca continued his excellent tournament results in this period but withdrew from serious chess in 1931. He made a comeback in 1934, with some good results, but also showed symptoms of high blood pressure. He died in 1942 of "a cerebral hemorrhage provoked by hypertension".

Condition:

Some chips to edges, paper age toned, but is bearing up well even for the fragility else a good item of a scarce Capablanca letter.