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Georg Rotlewi vs Akiba Rubinstein
"Rubinstein's Immortal" (game of the day Jan-06-2009)
Lodz (1907), Lodz RUE, rd 6, Dec-26
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  0-1
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Apr-10-13  RookFile: This is just a beautiful game by a great chess artist.
May-23-13  LIFE Master AJ: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqvO...
May-23-13  LIFE Master AJ: http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera...

By popular demand, I have added a few diagrams to this page.

Dec-14-13  MarkFinan: White looks sound here and then plays 10.Qe2 which even though it wasn't the losing move, it seems a bit odd to my patzer eyes. Brilliant game though, those bishops together on the b7-g2 and b6-f3 diagnals are always big trouble, even if you're facing a near novice.

<By popular demand, I have added a few diagrams to this page.>

Then by an even more popular demand they were deleted, lol. Stop lying to yourself AJ because nobody else believes you pal.

Dec-14-13  john barleycorn: <LIFE Master AJ> fyi, this Rubinstein game is NOT the so-called Polish Immortal.

This is the Polish Immortal:

Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929

Dec-14-13  john barleycorn: The most recent game with this opening

Anand - Kramnik 0-1

http://www.chessdom.com/london-ches...

Dec-14-13  john barleycorn: This is the game Marshall-Schlechter which is mentioned in the notes (colours reversed):

Marshall vs Schlechter, 1907

Jan-19-14  Zuainedison: Its similar to Aronian vs Anand, 2013
Feb-11-14  jgodo: beautiful game, wonderful!!!
Sep-13-14  LevonKarapetyan: In this game Georg Rotlewi vs Akiba Rubinstein 22th move is wronge (22....Rc3??). Becouse there is 23.Bb7!! and white is winning.
Sep-13-14  Karpova: 23.gxh4 Garry Kasparov: <The queen has to be taken, since no hopes are offered by either 23 ♗xc3 ♗xe4+ 24 ♕xe4 ♕xh2 mate, or 23 ♗xb7 ♖xg3 24 ♖f3 (24 ♗f3 ♘xh2) 24...♖xf3 25 ♗xf3 ♘f2+ 26 ♔g1 (26 ♔g2 ♕h3+ 27 ♔g1 ♘e4+ 28 ♔h1 ♘g3 mate) 26...♘e4+ 27 ♔f1 ♘d2+ 28 ♔g2 ♘xf3 29 ♕xf3 (29 ♔xf3 ♕h5+) 29...♖d2+.>

Garry Kaspaorv, On My Great Predecessors Part I, Everyman Chess, 2003, p. 188

Oct-21-14  1 2 3 4: <LevonKarapetyan> No, white is NOT winning, Rubinstein just would've do Rxg3
Nov-28-14  MindCtrol9: When are we going to see combinations like in this game again?
Nov-28-14
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  Phony Benoni: <MindCtrol9> Probably never. The combination is so well known that nobody will ever fall for it again.

Just joking. I'm sure you're talking about the quality of the combination. And the answer to that question is somewhere between "never again" and "every day", and it will never be decided because there will never be a absolute standard for judging beauty.

There have been combinations that were longer, more complicated, contained more sacrifices, were more surprising. I think this game stands out for its sheer logic, the crystal clarity that becomes apparent when you study it in depth. It's inevitable, with everything falling just perfectly into place.

One game I think might rival it, and even shares some of its ideas, is R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963. Like this, that game gives me goosebumps with its combination of depth and clarity.

Nov-28-14  Shams: <MindCtrl9> When the Rotlewis of our day start getting paired against the Rubinsteins.
Nov-28-14  devere: According to Stockfish 5-64 White's first significant error was 11.Bd3; if instead 11.cxd5 exd5 then 12.Be2 is equal, and grabbing the pawn with 12.Nxd5 is also worth considering.

Stockfish rates 17.f4?! as weaker than Rfd1, 18.e4? as seriously weakening, and 19.e5?? as fatal.

What followed was of course was an amazingly beautiful combination by the great Akiba Rubinstein. After 23...Rd2!! checkmate is forced.

It's also worth mentioning that George Rotlewi was a very strong chess master, who during his brief career defeated many famous players, such as Schlecter, Nimzowitsch, Spielmann, Marshall, Bogoljubov, and Akiba Rubinstein. Rotlewi's chess career was brief only due to ill health.

Dec-12-14  tanu123: one of the best attacking games from who is not known for attacking style,but famous for endgame skill
Dec-17-14  KeyanChess: This game shows the importance of tempo in chess. Rotlewi lost tempo with 11. Bd3? and 10. Qd2?! and that allowed Rubinstein to begin an attack, including a beautiful combination. His play was nearly flawless. 22...Rxc3!!! and 23...Rd2!!! were simply amazing and brilliant! Any chess player would be proud to play a brilliant game like this.
Apr-13-15  A.T PhoneHome: Rubinstein's attack here is enormous... Of course Rotlewi could have played better chess, but that applies to every losing player.

The fact is that the winner-to-be has to see the "mistake" made OTB and he/she has to steer the game accordingly. It doesn't always go like that.

Games like this show how we all should manage games after our opponent makes a mistake or two and how in doing that, one thing leads to another and so on.

That's when your chess is in harmony. Thanks to Akiba Rubinstein for playing this fantastic game of chess.

Apr-13-15  Howard: What are you doing on this page, AT ? You're supposed to be going over Spassky's games, not Rubenstein's.
Apr-13-15  A.T PhoneHome: Haha, I had this sudden burst of inspiration. :P besides, I'm a man!
Oct-08-15  The Kings Domain: This is one of those games that dazzled me during my Chess infancy and it still appeals to this day. *Sigh* If only Carlsen and Nakamura can come up with games as aesthetic as this then there might be another Chess renaissance.
Oct-09-15
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  AylerKupp: <The Kings Domain> This is my all-time favorite game for the way that Black manages to win a tempo and out of that seemingly insignificant advantage, forces White to weaken its k-side and then unleashes an irresistible attack with a queen sac thrown in for good measure. To me this is the game that deserved to be showered with gold coins and not S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912. OK, maybe both games deserved the gold coins.
Oct-09-15  The Kings Domain: AylerKupp: Heh, true. It's games like this that make Chess truly one of the great artforms.
Oct-31-15  dgm1214: Indeed!
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