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Frank James Marshall vs Akiba Rubinstein
"London's Burning" (game of the day May-26-2012)
Lodz (1908), Lodz RUE, rd 5, Oct-??
Formation: Queen Pawn Game: London System (D02)  ·  0-1
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Dec-08-02  ughaibu: Rubinstein offers an either-rook sacrifice. Admittedly he has already won a piece, by tying up Marshalls pieces across the board, but in the end he manages to sacrifice both exchanges.
Feb-17-07  Ulhumbrus: On 39...Ne3 40 fxe3 opens the f file for Black's Rook and relinquishes the flight square f1 for White's King whereupon after 41...Qxg4+ 42 Kh2 Rh3 is mate
Jun-01-07  computer chess guy: Instead of the sac, computer analysis suggests the less flashy 37.. Qd8, keeping the extra material.

If White takes the other rook with 38. Kxf3, 38 .. Rf8+ 39. Kg2 Qe4+ 40. Kg1 and as far as I can tell Black has nothing better than the draw with Qb1+ etc.

Jul-20-07  kfkcapa2001: <Computer chess guy: If White takes the other rook . . . Black has nothing better than a draw. . .> After 38.♔xf3,♖f8+ 39.♔g2 (weaker is 39.♔g3,♕e4 40.♖f1,♖f3+ 41.♔h2,♕xg4 42.♘g3,♔f7! and there is no defense against ...♘f4), 39...♕e4+ 40.♔g1,♖f3! Now White has a difficult choice: 41.♖h2?,♖d3! 42.♖xd3,cxd3; and the d-pawn will be promoted into a queen; 41.♘g3,♖xg3+ 42.fxg3,♕e1+ 43.♔h2,♕xd2+ 44.♔h3,♕f2 45.♕d7,h5 46.♕xe6,h4, and White has no defense against the mate (--Razuvaev, from Akiba Rubinstein: Uncrowned King by IMs Donaldson and Minev). Perhaps you need to boost the search mode in your computer engine.
Jul-20-07  computer chess guy: After 37. Qd8 38. Kxf3 Rf8+ 39. Kg2 Qe4+ 40. Kg1 Rf3 White is not quite in zug: he does not have to play Rh2 or Ng3. b4 is possible, which at least holds out longer.
Feb-27-12
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  Garech: Wow; an incredible game from Rubinstein against the esteemed Marshall. I will think up a pun and recommend now!

-Garech

Mar-11-12  Wyatt Gwyon: GOTD worthy.
May-26-12  LoveThatJoker: Definitely a Great Game!

LTJ

May-26-12
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  Honza Cervenka: <The immediate 24.Qh6 is better.> Well, maybe it was better then than a move later but it is only because 25.Qh6 was a howler. Instead of that white should have played 25.Bh6 eliminating the threat g5 mentioned in the next comment, and I see no immediate catastrophe for white. On the other hand, after 24.Qh6 black can play 24...d4 or 24...Bxf3 25.gxf3 d4 with clear advantage.
May-26-12  fearnotofman: Holy crap. Why isn't this game more well known?
May-26-12
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  Honza Cervenka: <kfkcapa2001><<Computer chess guy: If White takes the other rook . . . Black has nothing better than a draw. . .> After 38.Kxf3,Rf8+ 39.Kg2 (weaker is 39.Kg3,Qe4 40.Rf1,Rf3+ 41.Kh2,Qxg4 42.Ng3,Kf7! and there is no defense against ...Nf4), 39...Qe4+ 40.Kg1,Rf3! Now White has a difficult choice: 41.Rh2?,Rd3! 42.Rxd3,cxd3; and the d-pawn will be promoted into a queen; 41.Ng3,Rxg3+ 42.fxg3,Qe1+ 43.Kh2,Qxd2+ 44.Kh3,Qf2 45.Qd7,h5 46.Qxe6,h4, and White has no defense against the mate (--Razuvaev, from Akiba Rubinstein: Uncrowned King by IMs Donaldson and Minev). Perhaps you need to boost the search mode in your computer engine.>

Well, I don't see how black wins if white in Razuvaev's line fails to pick one of suggested "difficult choices", which both lose by force tactically, and if he plays something less cooperative like 41.a3 or 41.Qd7, but I agree that black must not take the draw there, which he can easily force in several ways, and he can try to play to win without much risk despite of material deficit as white position is very bad. But still I am not sure that spectacular 37...Rf3 deserves "!!" here, as simple 37...Qf7 wins easily by force, for example 38.Rh3 h5 39.gxh5 g4 40.Rg3 Rc7 41.Qb5 (41.Rxg4+ Kh7 ) 41...Bg5 attacking the Rook d2 and threatening gxf3+ at once, or 38.Ng1 a3 39.bxa3 Nxc3 etc.

May-26-12
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  Garech: Awesome; one of my puns! Hope everyone enjoyed the game as much as I did!

Cheers,

-Garech

May-26-12
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  whiteshark: a luftnummer - breathless silence
May-26-12  Rook e2: pretty ending!
May-26-12  lionel15: Atruly remarkable game from Rubenstein. One can see why he was one of the greatest (Only lack of money I think stopped him being World Champ)
May-26-12  Sularus: so many exclamation points!
either man-crush or a really superb game. or both.
unless annotator is a woman. :)
May-26-12  waustad: I seem to recall that WWI interfered with a match too.
May-26-12  waustad: It looked like Rubenstein would never get anything to the king side in time against the Marshall attack, but g4 knocked the bishop out of play and then d4 showed that it was Marshall, not Rubinstein who had most of his pieces out of play.
May-26-12
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  kevin86: The counter-attack was slow in coming,but it CAME!
May-28-12  Gambit All: I don't understand why Marshall on move 15 didn't take the f-pawn en passant
May-31-12  Anderssen99: Honza Cervenka: I think 41.Qa6 (Attacking the "e" pawn in addition to the two other ones) is a shade more accurate than 41.Qb5, and this is why: 41...,Bg5. 42.f4,Nxf4+ 43.Nxf4,Bxf4. 44.Rxg4+,Kh8. 45.Re2,Qxh5. 46.Qxe6 (Defending the rook and centralizing the queen, but the pressure exerted by Black's pieces against the hostile monarch is irresistible),Rh7. 47.Kf1,Qh3+. 48.Ke1,Qh1+. 49.Rg1,Qxg1 mate.
Dec-09-12  Conrad93: 15.Re1 is not a blunder or a bad move.

The position is equal.

Dec-24-18  Count von Twothree: In agreeing with the critics of 37...Rxf3, I would like to offer the following continuation of their analysis. 38.Kxf3 Rf8+ 39.Kg2 Qe4+ 40.Kg1 Rf3 41.Qd7 Qxg4+ 42.Ng3 a3 43.Qe8 axb2 44.Rxb2 Rxc3 45.Qh5 Rc1+ 46.Kh2 Qxd4 47.Rxc1 Qxb2 48.Ne2 Qxe5+ 49.Kg2 c3 50.Qf3, which is unclear, but it is not obvious why White should be worse.
Feb-19-19  Violin sonata: That ♗f4 system in the queen's pawn game can sometimes make the white position narrow in the hands of inexperienced players. And sometimes when I try that system in my game, I usually have it bad expectations or a bad feeling about the position.
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