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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Akiba Rubinstein
St Petersburg (1914)  ·  French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Apr-08-05  paladin at large: The 72-year old Blackburne holds his own against Rubinstein in his prime.
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  Honza Cervenka: Akiba was one of all time greatest chess players but in St. Petersburg 1914 super-tournament he was completely out of form. Before the event he was considered to be the main favourite there but finally he even failed to qualify into the final group of top five.

I think that this game is good example of his inferior form. In move 44 he had clearly better ending N+B vs N+B because of very bad white Bishop. Maybe white can hold this as the position is quite blocked and it is not easy to find a way for decisive intrusion of black pieces but anyway it could have been pretty tough time for white defending this position. But in move 44 Rubinstein played Nc5?! not realizing that after simple trading of both pieces the Pawn ending (with plus Pawn for black) is dead draw as black King has no way for intrusion into white's position (after b5-b4 white always can play a3-a4 and white King from f3 and e3 holds e4).

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  whiteshark: I think that after the ♕+♖ trade-off the game never was outside 'the drawing range'.
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