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Akiba Rubinstein vs Alexander Alekhine
Hastings (1922), Hastings ENG, rd 1, Sep-09
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  0-1
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Jun-05-06
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  PhilFeeley: Great game by black. I wonder why there's no comment on 32...Rxg2+! Rubinstein seems to have missed it when he put his queen on d3.
Jun-05-06  borisbadenoff: <PhilFeeley: Great game by black. I wonder why there's no comment on 32...Rxg2+! Rubinstein seems to have missed it when he put his queen on d3.> Hmm and where would be the sense in doing that? Exchanging the queens and losing the knight with Bxd3? Not really a good idea
Jun-12-09  Bridgeburner: Rubinstein missed his chance when Alekhine played <21...Bh4?>. Instead of playing <22.Nxc6> which is only equal, <22.Nxd5!> would have won him a pawn in a strong position:


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From this position, <22...Nxd5> is more or less forced. 22...Qxd5 leaves the Bh4 unguarded, losing a piece, while if 22...exd5 then 23.Qh5 Bxg3 24.Qf5 g6 25.Nxg6 with a winning attack against Black's King. Then would follow <23.Qd3 f5 24.Nxc6 Rxc6 25.Rxc6 bxc6 26.Qxa6> winning the a-pawn, creating a passed a-pawn for himself, and quite likely, winning the game:


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Instead of doing this, Rubinstein got his move order reversed, taking the Bishop on c6 before capturing on d5, making all the difference to gaining the advantage as the Black rook on c6 now has the tempo to capture on c1, without leaving the ragged pawn formation on the queen wing for White to pick off.

<27.f5??> was a just insane, I suspect Rubinstein must have overlooked the immediate response of <27...Qg5>, gaining a tempo by attacking White's unprotected rook on c1. I'm guessing that having overlooked this relatively obvious move, Rubinstein was shattered and consequently made a couple of more bad moves (especially <29.Qf3?> that let the Black queen into his position), losing outright.

This was an absolutely tragic loss for Rubinstein and maybe ruined his confidence. Winning this game would have brought Rubinstein's career score against Alekhine to 6.5 - 3.5, instead of 5.5 - 4.5. From here, he lost four of the last five games he played against Alekhine.

Oct-09-10  JorgeEA: Tragic Loss ? Too many imagination..
In a first stage rubinstein ( at his best ) won
because alekahine was young
In a second stage rubinstein declines and
alekhine was at his best
That is all . Quite natural
Dec-09-13  Lutwidge: Perhaps what Rubinstein missed was 24.Nxb4 Qxd4+! Oops.
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