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Reginald Pryce Michell vs Akiba Rubinstein
Marienbad (1925), Marianske Lazne CSR, rd 3, May-24
Spanish Game: Closed. Pilnik Variation (C90)  ·  0-1


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Apr-09-05  Karpova: 12...d5! a sharp continuation typical for rubinstein.

17.qd2 (17.ne5: ne5: 18.qe5: bd6)

40...ed! great combination by rubinstein - he sacrifices a piece and reduces white to helplessness.

50...bg3 threatens rb2:

56...f4 zugzwang!

Jul-20-07  Karpova: 39.dxe4 Nxe4 40.Qd1 Nxg3+
39.Ng5 exd3 40.Bxd3 Rxe2 41.Qxe2 Qxg5 42.g4 c4 43.Bc2 Bxh2 44.Kxh2 fxg4 45.Rxf8 g3+ 46.Kg1 Kxf8

Beautiful endgame!

Jan-06-09  Karpova: I like this game very much. It is a good example of what Reti would've called <a symbol of the mastery of mind over matter> (Reti, Richard: "Modern Ideas in Chess", page 4, Hardinge Simpole, Dover, 2002).

After 40...exd3 [see diagram]

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Rubinstein is down a piece for two pawns - see the position after 46.Ngf3

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The two pawns he got for the piece are not that decisive yet (e. g. no free pawns close to promotion or something like that) and it's not a forced mate for Black but rather an endgame position. Still, Rubinstein's pieces are in complete control of the board and even trading off one pair of minor pieces (so that Black doesn't have the Bishop Pair any longer) don't help. Black's position is overwhelming and he even wins two further pawns.

Dec-25-17  Grandma Sturleigh: 44. Ngf3 is a blunder because of 44...Bxf3 (winning a piece), yet Rubinstein played 44..Bxf2.

Possibly the score is wrong and White actually played 44. Nh3?

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