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Akiba Rubinstein vs Oldrich Duras
"A Blast from the Passed" (game of the day Jun-15-2017)
Vienna (1908), Vienna AUT, rd 10, Apr-04
Queen Pawn Game: Krause Variation (D02)  ·  1-0


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Given 46 times; par: 81 [what's this?]

Annotations by Carl Schlechter.      [11 more games annotated by Schlechter]

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  Honza Cervenka: If 14...Kd8, then 15.Rxd1 Qb6 16.Nc6+ Kc7 17.Be5+ Kb7 18.Na5+ Ka6 19.Bg4 Qg6 20.Be2+ Kb6 21.Rc1 and there is no defence against threat 22.Bd4+.
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  Gypsy: Gypsy : Brutal 16.Bc6+ K~ 17.Bxa8 (after 14.- Kd8 15.Rxd1 Qb6) is devastating enough. White has an overwhelming material edge and better position. This fact could give a comfort to one's mind when commencing 11.Nce5! (after the push 10.- b5?).

Duras probably could have put up a stiffer resistance after 15.- Ba4 (instead of 15.- Bh5) 16.Nc5 Bb4, but Rubinstein's advantage should produce a win anyway.

Vienna 1908 results: 1-3 Duras, Maroczy, Schlechter (14/19); 4 Rubinstein (13); 5 Teichmann (12); 6 Spielmann (11.5); 7-8 Perlis, Tartakover (11); 9-11 Leonhardt, Marshall, Mieses (10).

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  tamar: In hindsight, the ungainly 11...♕b7 hangs onto material for a bit longer, but after 12 ♘xg4 ♘xg4 13 ♗d3 ♖d8 14 ♕c2 (threatening ♗e4) ♕b6 15 0-0 e6 16 ♘d4 ♘xd4 17 ♗xd4 Black is pushed off the board.
Apr-08-05  Whitehat1963: Rubinstein in his prime. Pretty game.
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  nasmichael: Masterful. I was introduced to this game through Irving Chernev's Twelve Great Chess Players and their Best Games. Although this compilation was from 1976, do any of you in the community have some praise from the book, and from the games selected by Chernev? I like Akiba myself--Chernev takes some good examples, but I am a bit in the dark after viewing this 1907 "Rubinstein Immortal" against G. Rotlevi, not yet in this database. I think I will submit it in the proper place to <Chessgames> for them to consider--

[Event "From Chernev's 12 Great Chess Players and Their Best Games"] [Site "?"]
[Date "Reviewed 2005.04.18; Originally Lodz, 1907"]
[Round "-"]
[White "G. Rotlevi"]
[Black "Akiba Rubenstein"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. e3 c5 4. c4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. dxc5 Bxc5 7. a3 a6 8. b4 Bd6 9. Bb2 O-O 10. Qd2 Qe7 11. Bd3 dxc4 12. Bxc4 b5 13. Bd3 Rd8 14. Qe2 Bb7 15. O-O Ne5 16. Nxe5 Bxe5 17. f4 Bc7 18. e4 Rac8 19. e5 Bb6+ 20. Kh1 Ng4 21. Be4 Qh4 22. g3 Rxc3 23. gxh4 Rd2 24. Qxd2 Bxe4+ 25. Qg2 Rh3 White resigns. 0-1.

Any thoughts?

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  offramp: Seems like a reasonable game, though it may not quite make the standard. Submit it and see what they say.
Apr-18-05  iron maiden: Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907
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  nasmichael: Thanks for the spelling modification--I had not considered it; I will in the future. Iron Maiden, thank you for your speed and diligence.
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  notyetagm: Rubinstein makes winning look easy: play an explosive combination to win a pawn and then simply use the extra pawn to win the endgame.
Oct-13-06  Somer: This is one of the best games ever. Rubinstein was perhaps the greatest artist the chessworld has ever produced.
Nov-03-07  Poisonpawns: Fantastic Attacking chess here
Nov-18-07  MissesManyMoves: Walter Tevis mentions this game briefly in his 1983 novel The Queens' Gambit. (page 51)
Nov-24-07  Karpova: This game won a prize for the most brilliant game of the tournament (Minev/Donaldson).
Aug-06-08  arsen387: Rubinstein is the greatest player ever not to become a World Champion. He really deserved to be. Great game and annotations help a lot. I liked the mate that could have arised after 13...Kd8 14.Rxd1+ Kc8 15.Ba6+ Kb8 16.Nc6+ Qxc6 17.Be5+ (17...Qc7 18.Rd8+ mate) 18.Rc1!! and mate next move, as is described in annotation to move 13.
Jun-03-10  Crocage: this game should be in the daily puzzle
May-10-15  Blind Pigs: I appreciated A.R.'s not swapping the N for the dark squared bishop. Seems obvious that this would probably lead to a draw (as opposed to swapping it for thr light squared bishop in a couple moves), but it's surprising how many players make careless positional errors like that.
May-11-15  MagnusVerMagnus: If Rubenstein had the positions that Capa had out of the openings he would have been WC for many years, only endgame player comparable imho is Carlsen, though many like Morphy, Lasker, Petrosian, Karpov, Kasparov, and Kramnik are very close.
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  TheFocus: Two brilliancy prizes were donated by Baron Albert de Rothschild. The first prize of 300 crowns was awarded to Rubinstein for his victory over Duras; and the second prize of 200 crowns was awarded to Marshall for his victoty over Mieses.

Source: <American Chess Bulletin> August 1908>, pg. 169.

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  keypusher: <MagnusVerMagnus: If Rubenstein had the positions that Capa had out of the openings he would have been WC for many years,>

What makes you think he didn't? I've heard Capablanca called many things, but opening expert isn't one of them. Rubinstein, on the other hand...

<only endgame player comparable imho is Carlsen, though many like Morphy, Lasker, Petrosian, Karpov, Kasparov, and Kramnik are very close.>

Morphy? Kasparov?

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  MissScarlett: Offhand, I can't recall if Rubinstein ever had a world championship challenge accepted by Lasker or Capa. The problem being that it was then incumbent on the challenger to raise most, if not all of the prize fund, by soliciting monies from wealthy patrons. In that regard, Rubinstein was about as useful as a pair of sunglasses on a man with one ear. Passing around the yarmulke at the local synagogue probably wouldn't have helped much.
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  keypusher: < MissScarlett: Offhand, I can't recall if Rubinstein ever had a world championship challenge accepted by Lasker >

I hesitate to disagree with you, but I thought a match with Lasker was on the calendar for October 1914.

Jun-15-17  schnarre: ...Another good example of the Queen being deployed too soon, & getting duly punished for it.
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  kevin86: A great finish! after a good start.
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