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Akiba Rubinstein vs Geza Maroczy
Gothenburg (1920), Gothenburg SWE, rd 12, Aug-18
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  1-0
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Jan-08-05
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  keypusher: Rubinstein's last seven moves are magical. Vukovic features this finish in his Art of Attack.
Jan-10-05
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  keypusher: I thought they were magical . . . Fritz points out that 31 Rd8 wins a piece immediately (31...Rf8 32 h5; 31...R7e7 32 Qc6). Sometimes I hate computers.
Jan-10-05  Everett: Well, what's better? Winning a piece or mate? Rubinstein's conception is still great.
Mar-28-05  Karpova: 14...ng6? (nc6 instead)
15...e5 was also a mistake

brilliant play by rubinstein.

Mar-28-05
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  Chessical: <Karpova> 14...Nc6, looks no more attractive than Maroczy's move after:

<14...Nc6> 15.Nxc6 (15.Bxf6 is also strong) bxc6 16.Ne4 Nxe4 17.Bxe7 Rxe7 18.Qxe4.

Mar-28-05  Karpova: <chessical> i agree with you but why playing nc6 at once? he could have developped. look at what the ng6 accomplishes during the game - absolutely nothing
Jul-04-05  WMD: <I thought they were magical . . . Fritz points out that 31 Rd8 wins a piece immediately (31...Rf8 32 h5; 31...R7e7 32 Qc6). >

Maroczy's 30...Kh8? exacerbating his back rank weakness is a real lemon.

Sep-25-05  Kriegspiel: <WMD: Maroczy's 30...Kh8? exacerbating his back rank weakness is a real lemon.>

What would you have recommended? Chernev analyzes (and rejects) 30...Rf7 and 30...Kf8.

Kriegspiel

Sep-25-05  Kriegspiel: <keypusher: I thought they were magical . . . Fritz points out that 31 Rd8 wins a piece immediately (31...Rf8 32 h5; 31...R7e7 32 Qc6).>

What does Fritz say about 31...Rc8 in response to 31.Rd8 ?

Kriegspiel

Sep-25-05  Assassinater: < What does Fritz say about 31...Rc8 in response to 31.Rd8 ?>

I don't have Fritz, but 32. Rxc8 Rxc8 33. Qd8+ is mate

Sep-25-05  Kriegspiel: <Assassinater: < What does Fritz say about 31...Rc8 in response to 31.Rd8 ?>

I don't have Fritz, but 32. Rxc8 Rxc8 33. Qd8+ is mate>

Who said anything about 32...Rxc8 ?

Kriegspiel

Nov-23-05  Assassinater: <Who said anything about 32...Rxc8 ?>

Um... Okay. What other move is there? The e Rook's hanging (and pinned no less!), and white's already up a rook...

Dec-13-05  ArturoRivera: 14.-...Nc6?? 15.-Nxc6 bxc6 16.-Bf3! and black's pawn structure is ruined, plus, how can black develop now his light square bishop?, the c6 pawn would become a target, and white has a bishop, a rook, and a queen atacking it, 14.-Nc6 sounds ilogical to me. You can not even make a simple develop now such as Bd7 beacause Bxf6 and black's bishop would be hanging. A bad move indeed

Mar-12-07  Octavia: last game in this great book: "Logical Chess, move by move" by Irving Chernev.
Jul-16-07  Karpova: <WMD: Maroczy's 30...Kh8? exacerbating his back rank weakness is a real lemon.>

30...Kf8 31.h5 Nh8 32.Rd8 Nf7 33.Rxe8+ Kxe8 34.Qe6+ Kf8 35.h6 30...Rf7 31.Qc6 Qb8 32.h5 Nh8 33.h6 Rc7 (33...gxh6? 34.Rxf6; 33....Ng6 34.hxg7) 34.Qxa6

<Karpova: <chessical> i agree with you but why playing nc6 at once? he could have developped. look at what the ng6 accomplishes during the game - absolutely nothing>

Yes, 14...Bd7 or 14...Rd8 would have been better than 14...Ng6?

<keypusher: I thought they were magical . . . Fritz points out that 31 Rd8 wins a piece immediately (31...Rf8 32 h5; 31...R7e7 32 Qc6). Sometimes I hate computers.>

It's true that 31.Rd8 would have won quicker but this doesn't take anything away from the beaty of the game. Rubinstein didn't blunder with 31.h5 and kept his winning advantage.

Jan-08-08  Octavia: why not 23 Nxe5 Nxe5 24 Bxe5 ?
Jun-07-08
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Compare this 33. ♕e6 with 24. ♕e6 in Botvinnik vs Kan, 1931
Oct-01-08  notyetagm: Just a *stupendous* game by Rubinstein.
Oct-04-08  notyetagm: Wow.
Nov-22-16
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  Peligroso Patzer: I recently read through the notes for this game in “Rubinstein: Move by Move”, by Zenon Franco, ©2015, Everyman Chess, at pp. 85-94.

In the position after 28. … Rc7?:


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... Rubinstein played 29. h4, which Franco annotates with “!”. Although the possibility is not mentioned by Franco, it seems to me (and Fritz agrees) that White can snatch a pawn here with 29.Bxe5! because after 29...f6 (if 29...Nxe5 30.Qxe5; or 29...Rce7 30.Bd4 Qc7 31.Qc6) 30.Qd5+ (or 30.Rd8 Rc8 31.Bxf6+–) 30...Rf7 31.Bg3, White escapes the pin with a pawn-plus and control of the d-file.

Rubinstein’s conclusion of the attack was brilliant in its overall impression, but after 29. h4, Maróczy could have defended better with 29. … Rce7, and after Rubinstein’s 30. Qd5+ (missing the strongest move, 30. Rd8!), Maróczy again failed to choose the best defense (30. … Kf8!), so, although somewhat prosaic, 29. Bxe5 seems to be objectively the best move after 28. … Rc7?.

Oct-10-17
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  BAJones: A truly beautiful finish of the highest order. However, Rubinstein had previously used his diversionary Bishop sacrifice in a game with Mieses in 1905.In both games, Bh4 had compelled his opponent's resignation.
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