chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Georg Rotlewi vs Akiba Rubinstein
"Rubinstein's Immortal" (game of the day Jan-06-2009)
Lodz (1907), Lodz POL, rd 6, Dec-26
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  0-1
ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 106 times; par: 47 [what's this?]

NOTE: You are using our new chess viewer, "Olga." For more info see the Olga Quickstart Guide. You can switch back to the old viewer (pgn4web) from the pulldown menu below. If you have questions or suggestions see our Olga chessforum.

explore this opening
find similar games 6 more Rotlewi/Rubinstein games
sac: 22...Rxc3 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can get computer analysis by clicking the "ENGINE" button below the game.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

A COMPUTER ANNOTATED SCORE OF THIS GAME IS AVAILABLE.  [CLICK HERE]

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 13 OF 14 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Apr-10-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: The most recent game with this opening

Anand - Kramnik 0-1

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

Dec-14-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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!
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 14)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 13 OF 14 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.


NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
queens gambit decline
from gunjan jambhulkar's favorite games by gunjan jambhulkar
Game 394
from Master Games - Chess (Tartakower/du Mont) by Qindarka
23...Rd2!!!
from Most Brilliant Chess Moves of All Time by KeyanChess
Anyi's favourite games Black wins
by Anyi
knightfly's favorite games
by knightfly
dubbya bush
by GeorgiePie
Fearful Symmetry
from Top Twenty Games of All Time by samhamfast
Nice games and Masterpieces
by Queens Gambit
Rubinstein's Immortal
from Games that Made Chess Proud by chessmoron
Rubinstein's Immortal
from Tridel's Collectivity by Tridel
No Space To Move To
from RocketChess2000's favorite games by RocketChess2000
mihai's favorite games
by mihai
The Catastrophic Combination
from Popularity Counts! by dac1990
Giving everything and the kitchen sink
from Amusing Games by Jaredfchess
Rubinstein as Black - unviewed...
from Greatest Games of the Greatest Players by trumvirvel
willy tanner greatest hits
by alcoholkhine
Game 59
from Garry Kasparov's On My Great Predecessors (1A) by nakul1964
King John 5's favorite games Part 2
by King John 5
His immortal combination.
from Akiva Rubinstein by Archives
tarrasch
from drsamjazz's favorite games by drsamjazz
plus 548 more collections (not shown)


home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2017, Chessgames Services LLC