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Akiba Rubinstein vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Karlsbad (1923), Karlsbad CSR, rd 9, May-09
Tarrasch Defense: Classical. Endgame Variation (D34)  ·  1-0


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May-08-05  aw1988: Tarrasch's last game according to this database with the Tarrasch Defense (Defense???).
May-11-05  RookFile: Tell you what, this is a very modern
looking game, it looks just like a Kasparov vs. Karpov game.
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  Eric Schiller: Well, 11.Ne1 is no longer a main line, but in general the Rubinstein-Schlechter Variation with the kingside fianchetto is the dominant strategy against the Tarrasch Defense at upper levels of chess. In amateur games, White usually plays e3.

9...Be6 is not a common line now. Black usually prefers 9...cxd4 10.Nxd4 h6, though the sharp 9...c4!? still hasn't been refuted.

Aug-08-06  prinsallan: Rubinstein closes in on him, step by step.
Whites moves 40-45 are simply both amazing and amusing
Jul-28-07  sanyas: After 27.♖dxa7, is White really winning? Are the bihop vs knight advantage and somewhat better placed pieces sufficient for victory?
Jul-28-07  zev22407: This kind of a endgame was in one of the Kasparov-karpov matchess. If I am not mistaken the onr in Spain.
Aug-22-07  sanyas: Just look at the mobility of Rubinstein's pieces. Tarrasch must have been proud of White's play.
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<43...Qd6> was a blunder, losing the ♘. I wonder if 43...Qb7, 43...e4 or 43...g6 could have saved the game, though?

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  Peligroso Patzer: <whiteshark:

*** [diagram omitted]

<43...Qd6> was a blunder, losing the ♘. I wonder if 43...Qb7, 43...e4 or 43...g6 could have saved the game, though?>

<43. … Qb7> loses against 44. Qe6. <43. … e4> also fails to 44. Qe6. If <43. … g6>, White simply takes the pawn (44. Bxg6) with a winning advantage.

It seems that Black had no way to hold the position after 43. Qc4!, so it is questionable to call 43. ... Qd6 a blunder; there was really nothing any better.

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  whiteshark: <Peligroso Patzer:<<43. … Qb7> loses against 44. Qe6. >> I'm not fully convinced about losing after 44... Ne7.

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Mar-14-10  1. h4: <whiteshark>

44...Ne7 is met by 45.Qf7, threatening Qf8+, Be6, etc.

I don't see a reasonable reply.

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  whiteshark: <1. h4: <44...Ne7 is met by 45.Qf7, threatening Qf8+, Be6, etc. I don't see a reasonable reply.>

It's <45...Qf3!> going for perpetual.

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I think <46.Qe8 Ng8 47.Qe6 Qf1+ 48.Kh4 g5+> is worth a try.

Mar-15-10  1. h4: <whiteshark>

Hmm, you're right. :) The variation you give at the bottom of your post doesn't really help White when I played it out--Black's Queen is too agile!

In that case, maybe 43...Qd6 was probably just a simple blunder. Oh well.

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  NM JRousselle: I don't think 45... Qf3, going for perpetual saves Black. Looks like White is winning after 46 Qe8 Ng8
47 Be6 Qf1
48 Kh4
Now if 48... g5, 49 Kh5 wins easily
if 48... Qf6, 49 Kg4 and the White king will reach safety.

It's amazing how the White Q and B cover all the possible Black Q checks.

Mar-16-10  1. h4: Hello <NM JRousselle>:

Hopefully, this time, I'll get it right. :)

I'm pretty sure that 49.Kh5 does not "win easily". What about something like 49...Qe2+? Since the h2-pawn is lost with check to any other move, 50.Kg6 is in order. Than Black can play something like 50...Qc2+.

You also must remember that when White moves his Bishop off of the a2-g8 diagonal (presumably to block a check), White has no threats if the e5-pawn is protected. Black can shuttle his Queen between the necessary squares and harass White's King just enough to hold onto the position.

I've also been wrong before, so I'm open to corrections! :)

Mar-16-10  1. h4: Er...

That should be 50...Qd3+, not 50...Qc2+. 50...Qd3+ is a lot stronger in that it leaves d6 or a6 open for checking. Note that c6 is covered, as would be if ...Qc2+; no later ...Qc6+!

Apr-19-10  Ulhumbrus: After 40...Nb8 White's Queen and bishop are able to both attack the white squares on the King side and prevent Black's N coming into play to defend them. 41 Qd5 prevents 41...Nd7. 41...Qc7 attempts to play the move 42...Nd7 whereupon 42 Bf5 prevents it again. 42...Nc6 attempts the move 43...Ne7 whereupon 43 Qc4 pins the N and prevents the move 43...Ne7. 43...Qd6 unpins the N and attempts the move 44...Ne7 again whereupon 44 Qf7 attacks the back rank and gives Black no time to play 44...Ne7. 44...Qd8 defends the back rank whereupon 45 Qg6 attacks the point h7 before Black can play the move 45...Ne7. the move 45...Ne7 will come now too late as 46 Qh7 will be mate.
Apr-14-14  john barleycorn: In "Rubinstein gewinnt" by Kmoch 38.Qc3 is given instead of 38.Qc4.

"Die Bücher und Zeitschriften geben hier übereinstimmend, jedoch ohne Anmerkung 38.Dc4 an. Es ist jedoch nicht zu sehen, warum Weiß den Bauern e3 geopfert und Schwarz ihn nicht genommen haben sollte. Auf 38....Dxe3 39.Dd5 oder 39.Dc7 folgt Dg5 mit der Drohung auf h5 und e2 ewiges Schach zu geben. Das Bauernopfer wäre danach sinnlos gewesen und es ist daher anzunehmen, daß der unwahrscheinliche Zug 38.Dc4? lediglich auf den Irrtum eines Berichterstatters zurückzuführen ist. Der Textzug droht 39.Dxe5. Das Schach auf e6 ist harmlos, es könnte 39.Kg2 Tc8, 40.Dd3 folgen."

Sounds reasonable.

Apr-14-14  Boomie: After 31. Rf1:

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Since black has no winning chances, he should just go for the draw with Qxf1+.

31...Qxf1+ 32. Qxf1 Rxf1+ 33. Kxf1 Kf7

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I can't find any way for white to make progress here. White's rook can make things uncomfortable for black along the 6th rank. But it seems that's all that white can do. Perhaps some endgame expert can find a way for white to win this.

Apr-15-14  john barleycorn: <Boomie> Kmoch mentions that in case of the exchanges on f1 black has to unpin the knight. If the black king moves to the queenside the white king can attack the kingside pawns. In fact Kmoch gives an exclamation mark: 31.Rf1!.
Apr-15-14  Boomie: <john barleycorn: <Boomie> Kmoch mentions that in case of the exchanges on f1 black has to unpin the knight.>

Black moves the king to e7 and then plays Nd7. Although the engines like white a lot, there is no apparent way to exploit the advantage. Play it out and post some lines if you think you have found a winner.

Apr-12-17  Toribio3: Simple chess by Rubenstein!
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