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Efim Bogoljubov vs Akiba Rubinstein
San Remo (1930), San Remo ITA, rd 3, Jan-18
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  1-0


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Aug-30-07  Maynard5: This is quite an interesting game, which goes through several phases. The first stage is a classic minority attack in the Queen's Gambit Declined. White's positional advance is more powerful than Black's counterplay on the kingside. This phase culminates in White winning the weak pawn on c6, while holding off the attack on his own king. But then, Rubinstein comes up with an inspired defensive idea, giving up the exchange in order to remove most of White's remaining pawns. In the resulting endgame, Black has a knight and two connected passed pawns against a rook, while White's pawn on the h-file is vulnerable. Bogolyubov in turn finds an inspired winning idea, sacrificing his h-pawn, and luring Black's king into a mating net.
Aug-30-07  paladin at large: Very interesting game. Could Black have saved it with 76. ....Nh1?
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  WannaBe: <paladin at large> Analysis by Shredder 10:

1. (17.44): 76...Nf1 77.Kf2 Kh3 78.Kxf1 Kh4 79.Rg8 Kh5 80.Kf2 Kh6 81.Ke3 Kh7 82.Rg1 Kh6 83.Kf4

2. (#150): 76...Kh3 77.Rxg3+ Kh4 78.Kf4 Kh5 79.Kf5 Kh6 80.Kf6 Kh5 81.Rg5+ Kh6 82.Rg6+ Kh5 83.Kf5 Kh4 84.Rg5

3. (#8): 76...Nh1 77.Rh5+ Kg1 78.Ra5 Kh2 79.Rg5 Nf2 80.Kxf2 Kh3 81.Kf3 Kh2 82.Rg8 Kh1 83.Kf2 Kh2 84.Rh8#

4. (#5): 76...Ne2 77.Kxe2 Kh3 78.Kf3 Kh2 79.Rg8 Kh1 80.Kf2 Kh2 81.Rh8#

5. (#5): 76...Ne4 77.Kxe4 Kh1 78.Rg8 Kh2 79.Kf3 Kh1 80.Kf2 Kh2 81.Rh8#

Aug-31-07  paladin at large: <WannaBe> Thanks
Jul-17-08  jeeky1996: A knight and a king on the rim...both are dim!
Feb-02-19  Retireborn: An interesting example of right idea, wrong move order. Rubinstein strives to introduce complications with 36...Bxc6 37.Rxc6 Rxc6 38.Rxc6 h3!?, but in the face of an accurate move (44.Qc8!) and determined endgame play from Bogoljubow he has to give up the point.

He could have reversed the order with 36...h3!! (Houdini; not mentioned by Bogo in his notes) when White has nothing better than 37.g3 Rxc6 38.Rxc6 Bxc6 39.Rxc6 Qg4! with a draw, as the white king will not be able to escape the cage. A further beautiful idea then is 40.Ke1 Qf3 41.Kd2 Qg2+! 42.Nxg2 hxg2 43.Rc1 Rf2+! 44.Kc3 Rf1! 45.Qb1 g1Q 46.Rxf1 Qxe3+. A sweeter unheard melody....

This shows that Bogo should have played 36.Kf1! to keep his winning advantage. Perhaps the idea of sheltering the king behind an advanced enemy pawn was not as familiar in 1930 as it is now.

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  gambitfan: 1) mated-in-20 (35 ply) 72...♘b1 73.♖c1 ♘a3 74.♔f2 ♔h3 75.♖c3+ ♔g4 76.♖xa3 ♔f5 77.♖e3 ♔f4 78.♖e1 ♔g5 79.♔e3 ♔f5 80.♔f3 ♔g5 81.♔e4 ♔f6 82.♔f4 ♔g6 83.♔e5 ♔g7 84.♔f5 ♔f7 85.♖d1 ♔e7 86.♖d3 ♔f7 87.♖d7+ ♔e8 88.♔e6 ♔f8 89.♔f6 ♔g8 90.♖d8+ ♔h7 91.♖b8 ♔h6 92.♖h8#
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  gambitfan: 72... Nd2f1 ? mate in 6 moves

Instead Stockfish gives mate in 20 moves and proposes

72... Nd2b1 at least they earn some time !

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