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Moritz Billecard vs Akiba Rubinstein
Ostend-B (1907), Ostend BEL, rd 24, Jun-17
Philidor Defense: Hanham. Krause Variation (C41)  ·  0-1
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Mar-11-09
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: A very good and very little known endgame by Rubenstein. One curious move by the maestro is 28...Rfe8!?, doubling his Rooks behind the e6 pawn. I confess that the motivation for this move escapes my feeble imagination. Perhaps he was channeling the spirit of Petrosian years before Iron Tigran was born.

Billecard gives up the ghost too quickly with 47.Rb1. He should try and hang tight with Ra1-a2-a1-a2, but Black can play ...Rd8-d6, followed by ...Ke6-d7-c6 and ...b6-b5.

Mar-11-09  beatgiant: <Englishman>
on 47. Ra2, Black has 47...Rf8 and I don't see how White avoids losing a pawn immediately (e.g. 48. Kb1 Rf3).
Mar-11-09
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  David2009: I agree that this ending was very well played by Rubinstein. On move 30, Nxc4 (instead of bxc4) Nxc4 31. bxc4 seems more promising e.g. 31...Rc8 32. Rd4. On move 43, Nf2 lost quickly. Instead 43. Ke3 Nc5+ 44. Ke2 Rd7 45. Nf2 is uncomfortable for White but there seems to be no immediate Black win.
Dec-22-11  PYCJacobson: <An Englishman: Good Evening: A very good and very little known endgame by Rubenstein. One curious move by the maestro is 28...Rfe8!?, doubling his Rooks behind the e6 pawn.> I played through this game in 'Guess the Move' and when I got to move 28, Rfe8 was a distinct candidate move - to allow for Kf6 with the aim of driving the N off that important e5 square. In retrospect, looking at the way the game panned out, it seems as if it was also a waiting move - and white obliged!

<Billecard gives up the ghost too quickly with 47.Rb1. He should try and hang tight with Ra1-a2-a1-a2, but Black can play ...Rd8-d6, followed by ...Ke6-d7-c6 and ...b6-b5.> The problem I saw for white (with Ra2 e.g.) was countering Rf8 followed by Rf3 / Nxe4.

All in all a lovely Rubinstein game.

Oct-12-17
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  manselton: White looks better until 29.b3. Stockfish gives Rd6 as maintaining a small plus.
Oct-12-17
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  manselton: White looks better until 29.b3. Stockfish gives Rd6 as maintaining a small plus. ... Ah no, then again, 30.b4 was better than 30.bxc4 after which White never recovers.
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