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Frank James Marshall vs Akiba Rubinstein
Berlin (1928), Berlin GER, rd 6, Oct-18
Queen's Gambit Declined: Cambridge Springs Variation (D52)  ·  1-0


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Mar-22-05  lucifershammer: Would someone please explain why Rubinstein resigns here?
Mar-22-05  Saruman: Most likely he forfeited on time, as the position is much better for Rubinstein. Or else <> has the wrong result.
Mar-22-05  PinkPanther: Because he wanted to catch the second half of Friends.
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  Benzol: "In this completely winning postion with 20 minutes at his disposal for the last move of the time control, Rubinstein overstepped. [We presume that Rubinstein must have thought he had already made thirty moves.]". - Akiba Rubinstein: The Later Years by Donaldson & Minev.

A great shame since Rubinstein played very well to achieve a winning position.

Mar-22-05  WMD: A fly may have landed on the board, and Akiva was too petrified to move.
Mar-22-05  PinkPanther: <Benzol>
Winning position???? I don't know why you think Rubinstein was ever winning.
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  Benzol: <PinkPanther> You're right, you don't know why.
Mar-22-05  RookFile: I never knew about this game
before. Pretty amazing.
Bet you Marshall got quite a
chuckle out of this, on his
way back to the hotel. LOL
Mar-22-05  Minor Piece Activity: Ouch, a nice riposte from Benzol. =)
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  Calli: Even if he thought he had made time control, what was he thinking about for 20 min in that position?

In the game, some pretty interesting tactics. Marshall must have missed 20...Qg5! Otherwise he could have played 19.gxf3 and been more or less in the game, albeit with some weak pawns.

Mar-23-05  PinkPanther: I actually don't know why I thought white wasn't lost. I should have at least known that when he started dropping pawns everywhere, oops.
Apr-24-05  Karpova: <PinkPanther>

i's no shame to miss the win, at least for some 1200 rated guy...

Jul-28-12  Karpova: After 28.Kh2

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<Die nunmehr erreichte Stellung ist offenbar für Weiß hoffnungslos, er hat zwei Bauern weniger und ein rettender "Schwindel" ist nirgends zu erspähen. Aber Rubinstein, dem bis zum 30. Zuge noch mehr als 20 Minuten zur Verfügung standen, begann nun zur allgemeinen Verwunderung lange nachzudenken. Der Minutenzeiger näherte sich der Zwölf, Rubinstein warf wohl Blicke auf die Uhr, aber er zog nicht! Als er sich endlich zur selbstverständlichen Folge: 28...Txd1 29.Dxd1 Dd5 30.Dc2 entschloß, war seine Bedenkzeit überschritten, eine klar gewonnene Partie für ihn verloren.>

Source: Page 368 of the 1928 '(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  offramp: A translation of <Karpova>'s recent post.

<The current position is apparently hopeless for White. He is two pawns down, and a saving swindle is nowhere to be seen.

But Rubinstein, who had more than twenty minutes left until the 30th move, began to think for a long time, to general surprise.

The minute hand approached the twelve, Rubinstein glanced at the clock, but he did not move.

When, finally, he decided to make an obvious move his time was up, a game clearly won for him now lost.>

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