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Rubinstein - Mieses Match

Akiba Rubinstein6/10(+5 -3 =2)[games]
Jacques Mieses4/10(+3 -5 =2)[games]

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Rubinstein - Mieses (1909)

After St. Petersburg (1909), Akiba Rubinstein travelled first to Meran, Italy, to recreate and returned to Berlin, Germany, at the beginning of May to contest a match against Jacques Mieses (1) whom he had beaten decisively in a 3-game match from four years previous: (2)

<1905 match> 1 2 3 Pts Rubinstein 1 1 1 3.0 A: Rubinstein vs J Mieses, 1905 Mieses 0 0 0 0.0 B: J Mieses vs Rubinstein, 1905 A B C C: the 3rd game score has not been recovered.

The 10 games match took place in various cities in Germany from May 12 to 27, 1909. The first four games were played in Berlin, the next three in Hannover and the last 3 games in Frankfurt (Main).*

Mieses took revenge for 1905 by winning the first three games. But Rubinstein recovered from that disastrous start winning the next game. After a draw in round 5, Rubinstein won three consecutive games and, after another draw in round 9, the last game.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Rubinstein 0 0 0 1 = 1 1 1 = 1 6.0 Mieses 1 1 1 0 = 0 0 0 = 0 4.0

Rubinstein had White in the even-numbered games. (3)

Source: Pages 198-202 of J Donaldson & N Minev, The Life & Games of Akiva Rubinstein - Volume 1: Uncrowned King, 2nd edition, 2006, Russell Enterprises, Inc., Milford, CT, USA.

*The 1909 'Wiener Schachzeitung' deviates in her report on pages 239-240 by stating that the first six games were played in Berlin, the 7th in Hanover (24th May) and the last three games (8th on May 26) in Frankfurt (Main).

References: (1) Page 239 of the 1909 'Wiener Schachzeitung'; Original collections: (2) Game Collection: Rubinstein vs. Mieses, Match 1 (1905) and (3) Game Collection: Rubinstein - Mieses, Match 2 (1909) were both collected by User: Karpova.

 page 1 of 1; 10 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Mieses vs Rubinstein  ½-½501909Rubinstein - MiesesC29 Vienna Gambit
2. J Mieses vs Rubinstein 0-1271909Rubinstein - MiesesC29 Vienna Gambit
3. Rubinstein vs J Mieses  1-0521909Rubinstein - MiesesD00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. J Mieses vs Rubinstein 1-0321909Rubinstein - MiesesC29 Vienna Gambit
5. Rubinstein vs J Mieses 0-1241909Rubinstein - MiesesD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. J Mieses vs Rubinstein 1-0521909Rubinstein - MiesesC29 Vienna Gambit
7. Rubinstein vs J Mieses 1-0271909Rubinstein - MiesesD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Rubinstein vs J Mieses 1-0611909Rubinstein - MiesesD02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. J Mieses vs Rubinstein  ½-½271909Rubinstein - MiesesC45 Scotch Game
10. Rubinstein vs J Mieses  1-0411909Rubinstein - MiesesD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: A fascinating match. I wonder if Rubinstein ever lost three games in a row to any other <single opponent>.

Losing three in a row to <the same opponent> must be rare for a top-5 player at his peak, as Rubinstein was in 1909.

But I remember that Karpov lost 3 in a row to Kasparov in 1985, then Kasparov lost 3 in a row to Karpov in 1986!

Korchnoi lost 4 in a row to Spassky in 1977...

Botvinnik and Smyslov both suffered at each other's hands.

I can't think of such sequences for Capablanca or Lasker. Fischer did lose 4 in a row to Tal but Fischer was pretty young at the time, 16 I think.

Hang on, did Fischer lose 3 in a row to Spassky, ending with game 1 of the 1972 match?

Mar-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <offramp: A fascinating match. I wonder if Rubinstein ever lost three games in a row to any other <single opponent>.

Losing three in a row to <the same opponent> must be rare for a top-5 player at his peak, as Rubinstein was in 1909. ...> Did not Rubinstein offset it by winning 3 in a row?

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts
Rubinstein 0 0 0 1 = 1 1 1 = 1 6.0
Mieses 1 1 1 0 = 0 0 0 = 0 4.0

Mar-04-17  JimNorCal: Dang. Rubinstein was at or near the height of his powers in 1909. Quite a feat by Meister Mieses.

Or maybe AR was recovering from flu or food poisoning or something.

Mar-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <john barleycorn:...Did not Rubinstein offset it by winning 3 in a row?>

But that is like DOG BITES MAN and MAN BITES DOG. One of those two is not newsworthy.

Mar-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <offramp: <john barleycorn:...Did not Rubinstein offset it by winning 3 in a row?>

But that is like DOG BITES MAN and MAN BITES DOG. One of those two is not newsworthy.>

Claim it "Fake news", my friend :-) "dog bite dog" why would anybody claim Mieses the underdog? Old age?

Mar-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: Rubinstein won his first four games against Alekhine (1910-1914), then Alekhine won three straight (1921-1922). After that Alekhine had a 4-1 edge in decisive games but there were also a couple draws.

Fischer beat Larsen 6-0, later won the last four games to win the match with Petrosian. Both were top 5 at the time I believe (Fischer, Spassky, Larsen, Korchnoi, Petrosian).

Mar-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <Marmot PFL:...Fischer beat Larsen 6-0, later won the last four games to win the match with Petrosian.>

Very good. Petrosian losing 4-in-a-row is a very unusual occurrence. I should have remembered that.

Steinitz lost 4-in-a-row to Zukertort, 1886, when he was world number 1.

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