© Jonathan Whitcomb 2011 It was a mistake to advance the pawn You chose to advance the pawn to h7. Did you consider what black can do now? (Rf1+ draws) Look at the black rook. Black can move it to f1, giving check to the white king. White will then have no choice but to capture it with the white rook. Then what can black do? It would be stalemate, for black would have no move available. It would be a draw. Advancing the pawn to h7 was a mistake, for white should win with Rh3, check. Childhood Chess of Jose R. Capablanca José Raúl Capablanca was born in Havana on November 19, 1888. He learned the rules of chess by watching his father play; the son was only four years old. But he was soon beating his father. Late in 1901, after he turned thirteen, he beat the Cuban Chess Champion, Juan Corzo, in a match. In the ninth game of that match in Havana, Capablanca won a beautiful endgame by using the slight advantage of having a bishop versus a knight. The eleventh game of the match was even more noteworthy in the endgame that the boy won, surpassing the skills later shown by young Fischer. Chess Finesse: h7 Think Clearly About Everything.