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Akiba Rubinstein vs Karel Hromadka
"Rubin's Cube" (game of the day May-05-2015)
Maehrisch-Ostrau (1923), Ostrava CSR, rd 4, Jul-05
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation (C30)  ·  1-0
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May-05-15  kamagong24: simply awesome!!! hail the King's Gambit!!!
May-05-15
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  whiteshark: Take the utmost care when the great Akiba plays King's Gambit against you: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
May-05-15  FairyPromotion: Another masterpiece that making it game of the day was long overdue. I have to congratulate the CG staff who pick GotD, as lately they are on a roll.

As mentioned previously, it's interesting to note that Rubinstein was a solid positional player, and his favorite first move was 1. d4, but when he played 1. e4 he mostly did it against opponents who play 1...e5 and his main weapon was the aggresive King's Gambit. As unnatural as it might seem, it worked out wonderfully for Akiba.

May-05-15  mruknowwho: Declining the King's Gambit is a sin.
May-05-15
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  perfidious: <mruknowwho: Declining the King's Gambit is a sin.>

The strong master John A Curdo made a career of meeting the gambit with 2....Bc5 and did not come off too badly.

May-05-15
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  kevin86: Akiba knows his sacrifices...just another of his greats.
May-05-15
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  tamar: I can imagine Carlsen playing this game without many different decisions.

17 a5 leads to many ramifications, but the resounding 25 Qb6 must have been a shock for Hromadka.

Carlsen referred to Rubinstein in a postgame at Shamkir. Asked about the death of Razuvaev, Carlsen said the gm had shown him some of his favorite Rubinstein's games some years ago.

May-05-15  dfcx: Why did not black play 9...Nxc2+ winning the rook? He still had a chance to play it at move 10.
May-05-15
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  keypusher: <dfcx> Probably he should have! See <OBIT>'s post on this page:

Chigorin vs Pillsbury, 1895

But at the time (as shown by some of the other kibitzing on the page) chess masters thought that Chigorin-Pillsbury demonstrated that White had more than enough for the rook.

<tamar>

<Carlsen referred to Rubinstein in a postgame at Shamkir. Asked about the death of Razuvaev, Carlsen said the gm had shown him some of his favorite Rubinstein's games some years ago.>

Razuvaev and Valery Myrachvery’s <Akiba Rubinstein> is a very fine book, in Russian unfortunately.

May-05-15
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  tamar: <keypusher> You read Russian too?
May-05-15
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  keypusher: <tamar: <keypusher> You read Russian too?>

Not really. I have Hanon Russell's <Russian for Chessplayers> and a dictionary, so I can fight my way through annotations. See posts here.

Rubinstein vs Nimzowitsch, 1928

May-05-15
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  thegoodanarchist: <Phony Benoni: No matter how often you see it, <25.Qb6> is electrifying. It's not such a deep move, but the way the queen comes careening in out of nowhere gets the adrenaline pumping.>

Indeed, PB. It was a lovely queen sacrifice.

May-05-15
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  eternaloptimist: <keypusher> I also have that book. It helps some but it has less than 50 pages of translated material so it's limited. Russian dictionaries help too but it takes a while to flip through the pages. Here's a website w/ a Russian keyboard that can really help you & anyone else here that wants to translate Russian chess books.: http://www.lexilogos.com/keyboard/r...
I got that book in Denver on a vacation @ a chess tourney back in '03. I like to copy the text after I type it & then go to google translate or another translator & paste it to translate the text.: https://translate.google.com/m/tran...
May-05-15
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  Penguincw: Being a person that can actually solve the Rubik's Cube, I approve this pun. :)
May-05-15  rookpawn101: <Penguincw> What are your best timings? My best is 23.13 sec. Best of 5 is 30.17 sec.
May-05-15
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  keypusher: <eternaloptimist: <keypusher> I also have that book. It helps some but it has less than 50 pages of translated material so it's limited. Russian dictionaries help too but it takes a while to flip through the pages. Here's a website w/ a Russian keyboard that can really help you & anyone else here that wants to translate Russian chess books.: http://www.lexilogos.com/keyboard/r... I got that book in Denver on a vacation @ a chess tourney back in '03. I like to copy the text after I type it & then go to google translate or another translator & paste it to translate the text.: https://translate.google.com/m/tran...

Thanks, that's wonderful to know about! Apart from the Rubinstein book, I also have Botvinnik's Selected Games, the "Tournament of Stars [Not Named Korchnoi]," and a book about Stein. With that keyboard I can get a lot more out of them.

May-05-15
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  Penguincw: < rookpawn101: <Penguincw> What are your best timings? My best is 23.13 sec. Best of 5 is 30.17 sec. >

Grr...

My best time, ever, was about 30 seconds. My average time is about 45 seconds. I've been trying to invest in a better cube (or perhaps better method), but haven't gotten the time; I've been solving a cube for nearly 5 months now. :)

May-05-15
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  eternaloptimist: <keypusher> You are welcome! That Russian keyboard & Google translate will definitely speed up the translation process a lot. I used to have the English version of Botvinnik: 100 Selected Games. I'm thinking about getting it again.
May-05-15
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  RookFile: A hacker like me solves Rubik's cube in 12 minutes, following the main web site.
May-07-15
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  thegoodanarchist: <Penguincw: Being a person that can actually solve the Rubik's Cube, I approve this pun. :)>

I learned how to solve it and then forgot how. As my mother might say, that, and a couple of dollars, will buy me a cup of coffee.

May-08-15  john barleycorn: A game of interest here is:

Stollar vs A Serebrisky, 1945

May-12-17  User not found: I can't get my head around this game.. Why is ka8 so necessary for black here? I just ran it by the engine and it's also 1st choice move? I saw 18..kb8 was necessary but not 19..ka8.


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May-12-17  Retireborn: <User not found> The idea of 19...Ka8 is to enable 20...Bb8 defending the a7 pawn if White plays 20.Qf2 attacking it. It's not a forced move, but Black's position is already so passive that there's nothing better.
May-12-17  User not found: <Retireborn: <User not found> The idea of 19...Ka8 is to enable 20...Bb8 defending the a7 pawn if White plays 20.Qf2 attacking it. It's not a forced move, but Black's position is already so passive that there's nothing better.>

Hi buddy.. I don't see anything wrong with just playing a6 beforehand, i don't know why i even thought kb8 necessary because Bb8 <followed by> a6 does the job.. It's just one of those games i don't really understand, can't go through the moves without replaying them a few times and still left wondering what the idea behind them are.. Above my pay grade :)

May-12-17  Retireborn: Well 18...Kb8 wasn't a forced move either - the idea of that is to threaten 19...Nxe4, because the immediate 18...Nxe4 just fails to 19.Qg4+.

Yes, as you say Black could play something else with ...a6, but his position remains bad because his pieces have no active play. That's positional chess for you - if it was easy to understand we'd all be Grandmasters :)

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