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Akiba Rubinstein vs Frank James Marshall
Rubinstein - Marshall (1908), Warsaw RUE, rd 3, Oct-28
Slav Defense: Modern Line (D11)  ·  1-0


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Sep-06-03  ughaibu: Marshall makes a real mess of his attack on the d-pawn.
May-02-05  woodenbishop: What happened here? Oh, I see now... Marshall got spanked!
Jun-16-05  Whitehat1963: Interesting puzzle after 19...Kh8. Ouch! Marshall gets killed in this one.
Jun-16-05  OneBadDog: Where did Marshall go wrong? I think that 5 ...♗xe5was a poor move-Marshall shouldn't have been so willing to trade away his good ♗.
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  tamar: The dubious 6...Bxe5 is only found in three games on this database, and two of them were played in this match.

Not discouraged, Marshall tried it 5 rounds later and lasted 7 more moves before resigning. Rubinstein vs Marshall, 1908

Jun-17-05  OneBadDog: Why not 10 ♗a6? At least gets rid of the bad bishop.
Jun-17-05  nikolaas: 10.La6 is impossible. Only at move 16 it would be possible, but then 16.Lxa6 Lxa6 17.Re1 Nxd6 winning a pawn.
Jun-17-05  Cyphelium: <nikolaas> Though OBD made a notation error, obviously he meant 10.- ♗a6 instead of 10.- ♗b7, as played. Which does look kind of alright, though I have no wish to defend the black position.
Jan-10-07  Karpova: Trading off the dark squared bishop after setting up a stonewall position doesn't serve black well: Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929
Nov-30-07  Karpova: <tamar: Not discouraged, Marshall tried it 5 rounds later and lasted 7 more moves before resigning. Rubinstein vs Marshall, 1908;

That's wrong - the game from your link is from the Triangular tournament in Lodz 1908 with Rubinstein, Salwe and Marshall playing each other eight times (Rubinstein won).

This game is from the Rubinstein-Marshall match in Warsaw (October 25 to mid-November) and took place after the Triangular tournament. They played eight games.

It's interesting to note that Rubinstein won both times - the mini-match and the match with 4.5-3.5 (+3 =3 -2).

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  tamar: <Karpova> You're right. This variation had been tried out in Lodz, then Marshall played it again here in their match.

The mystery is why. He was crushed in both games.

1908 is a pivotal year in Rubinstein's life. You can see the power in games like these, but his results lagged.

Nov-30-07  Karpova: <tamar: 1908 is a pivotal year in Rubinstein's life. You can see the power in games like these, but his results lagged.>

Well, he won the Fifth All-Russian Championship 1907/08 (the tournament in which the immortal game against Rotlewi was played).

He came in fourth in Vienna 1908 (ahead of players like Teichmann, Spielmann, Tartakover, Marshall, Mieses, Salwe, Alapin and Reti) and produced some real classics.

He won a match in May 1908 against Teichmann with 3.5-2.5

He came in fourth in Prague 1908 (ahead of players like Teichmann, Maroczy, Marshall, Salwe, Janowsky, Alapin, Mieses and Spielmann) and produced some real classics.

He won the Triangular tournament in Lodz 1908 with 1.5 points ahead of Marshall and 3 points ahead of Salwe (Rubinstein won both of his mini-matches).

He won a match against Marshall in Warsaw 1908 with 4.5-3.5.

Sure, the two fourth places were not that great after his good showings in 1908, but they were no catastrophes either and his great results against former WC contender Marshall are something to be proud of.

Jul-07-12  mandala: Why not 23...Rxd5? 23...Qd7 seems like a blunder...
Jul-08-12  Shams: <mandala> 23...Rxd5? 24.f8=Q+ wins a piece.
Jul-08-12  mandala: Of course... Thanks!
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