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|Oct-12-05|| ||Gypsy: At the second look: The story of this endgame is the naieve play by Mattison. While Pd6 looks (and is) weak, Black king can adequately buttress it. On the other hand, a minority attack on the K-side is bound to create a soft spot or two in the White pawn structure. A transfer of white king to the center/K-side (Kc1-d2-e3) would have kept things safely under control.
IMKO, <Koster> reads the endgame right.|
|Sep-03-06|| ||notyetagm: The ending here is a perfect illustration of the endgame theme that widely separated passed pawns are better than connected pawns pawns.|
In the final position, the Black d7-king can easily deal with the connected passed White f- and g-pawns.
On the other hand, the White e3-king cannot stop both of Black's widely separated passed c- and h-pawns from promoting.
|Sep-03-06|| ||notyetagm: It is just like Stean says in "Simple Chess", you want to introduce -width- into your endgame. |
That is, in the endgame you want to create threats on the extreme flanks of the board because that will overstretch the defense.
|Oct-02-06|| ||Archives: Witchcraft!
<39.cxd5 h3 40.Kf2 <<<40.g5 h2 41.g6 h1=Q 42.g7 Qg2 >>> 40...c4 41.g5 h2 42.Kg2 c3 43.f4 <<<43.g6 c2 44.g7 h1=Q+ 45.Kxh1 c1Q+ 46.Kh2 Qg5 >>> 43...c2 44.Kxh2 c1=Q >
|Jan-11-07|| ||Karpova: If 32.g4 Kmoch gives:
32.g4 h4 33.g5 Rxg5 34.Rxh4 Rg6 35.Rf4 b4+ <and white soon loon loses either the Queen's Rook or the King's bishop pawn>
i.e. 36.Kd3 Kf5 37.Ke3 Rg3+ 38.Kf2 Rc3
|May-09-08|| ||Vollmer: I looked at 19.Re1-Rxd5 20.exd5-Kd7 21.Kd2 which looks like a draw . The losing 19.Rhd1 was seen as better (+0.14) than either Re1 (+0.08) or Rxe5 20...fxe5 21.Rd1-Kc7 22.c4-b5 (+0.11) by CM9000 (so much for computer endgame analysis) . I would have chosen 19.Re1 btw .|
|Nov-27-08|| ||sleepyirv: It looks more like a grandmaster draw than anything at move 18. The old adage "Nobody won by resigning" could be corrected to "Nobody won by resigning or offering a draw!"|
|Apr-19-09|| ||schroedingers cat: I'd like to see Mattisons's face after this game :) First it looks like a draw, than BOOM! all of a sudden the position turns in the favor of the great Akiba.|
|Nov-21-09|| ||MaczynskiPratten: Beheim and Barden suggest 26 b4 as better than b3, with some liquidation as opposed to passive defence.|
|Sep-13-11|| ||ToTheDeath: Good way to squeeze something out of nothing, but White's play was very weak. A case of a strong player outclassed by a legendary player.|
|Oct-08-11|| ||a1h8: Hi, I was wondering would 34. gxh5 not be better? (Did not see this mentioned above).|
Then maybe 34..Rxf3+ 35.Kd2 bxc4 36.Rxc4 Rh3 37.Ra4 Kc7 38.Rxa6 Rxh5 39.Kc3 Rh3+ 40.Kc4
|Oct-08-11|| ||Sastre: I think 34.gxh5 is a better move, although Black is a pawn up after 34...Rxf3+ 35.Kc2 Rh3 36.Re2 Rxh5.|
|Oct-26-12|| ||Blunderdome: This is quite a game.|
|Oct-08-13|| ||Howard: Irving Chernev raved about this game in his book The Golden Dozen (1976).|
|Nov-18-13|| ||Honza Cervenka: <Karpova: If 32.g4 Kmoch gives:
32.g4 h4 33.g5 Rxg5 34.Rxh4 Rg6 35.Rf4 b4+ <and white soon loon loses either the Queen's Rook or the King's bishop pawn> i.e. 36.Kd3 Kf5 37.Ke3 Rg3+ 38.Kf2 Rc3>|
I guess that after 32.g4 h4 33.g5 Rxg5 34.Rxh4 Rg6 35.b4 draw is not far away.
|Apr-18-14|| ||MilesGhost: Yes, a very pleasing, smooth win by the Polish grandmaster. There is so much to learn about rook endings and this game teaches plenty. So many players would have agreed a draw here at some point. It took a Rubinstein to see the potential victory.|
|Apr-29-14|| ||Howard: Yes, Chernev did "rave" about this game in his book The Golden Dozen, and he also did so in Wonders and Curiosities of Chess.|
The book Chess With the Masters (one of the very first chess books that I ever went through, back in 1971 !) also includes this game.
The excellent book Akiba Rubinstein: Uncrowned King (Volume 2) also highlights this game---and for good reason.
|Apr-14-15|| ||Howard: A.T. Phone Home should be looking at this game......right about now.|
|Apr-15-15|| ||WDenayer: Koster: I think black's only advantage was that he was the better player.
Right. The way Rubinstein brings home the win is brilliant.|
|Dec-17-16|| ||thegoodanarchist: Wow, just wow!
No wonder Boris Gelfand said <What I like in chess... comes from Akiba!>
|Jun-14-17|| ||PJs Studio: 38...d5!! Madman!|
|Jun-14-17|| ||PJs Studio: Uh, er, I shouldn't say that Rubinstein. The Poor man. He left us such beauty and suffered for almost three decades after retiring from chess|
RIP Akiva. One of the greatest of them all
|Jun-15-17|| ||JimNorCal: The position by, say, move 23 makes you say "of course Rubinstein will win. Look at the dominating rook on d5!"|
Then you realize Rubinstein is playing ... black.
|Jun-15-17|| ||offramp: Try saying Mattisons without saying Mmm.|
|Oct-22-17|| ||Count von Twothree: I would like to agree with "a1h8" that 34.gxh5 was the way to go. Although it is difficult to disagree with Sastre's assertion that Black will be a pawn up after 34...Rxf3+ 35.Kc2 Rh3, we would have to be treated to some real endgame technique for Black to win this after, say, 36.a4 b4 37.h6 Rxh6 38.Re3 a5 39.Kd3. Looks like a draw to me.|
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