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Akiba Rubinstein vs Richard Reti
Vienna (1908), Vienna AUH, rd 18, Apr-15
Queen Pawn Game: Stonewall Attack (D00)  ·  1-0


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Jun-16-03  mj29479: so 15.Nf8 wouldn't help blacks. because it might have led him to ugly complications.
Jun-16-03  mj29479: but i fail to understand why reti didn't decide to open his queen side.that very crucial c pawn was stuck there all the while.
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  Honza Cervenka: The game could continue 16...Nf8 17.Bf6 Ng6 (17...g6 18.Qf4 threatening 19.Qh6) 18.Qh5 Nf8 (18...h6 19.Bxg7 leads to similar position as a main line.) 19.Qg5 Ng6 20.Bxg7 Kxg7 21.Qh6+ Kg8 22.Qxh7+ Kf8 23.Rf1 Re7 24.Qxg6
Sep-06-03  ughaibu: Someone was asking recently in the Cafe about an early Nc6 against the Stonewall attack.
Sep-06-03  Benjamin Lau: A horrible game by Reti to say the least. He moves his knight three times in the opening (3.. Nc6 and 3... Nc4 and 4... Nxd3+) losing countless tempo just to get the bishop advantage, but then he gives back the bishop advantage anyway (13... Bxe5), but manages to lock himself up after white replies 14. fxe5, locking Reti's defenders away from the kingside and preventing counterplay.
Nov-03-07  Poisonpawns: A funny classic game,from the white side of the stonewall attack!
Nov-24-07  Karpova: 3...Nc6

Carl Schlechter: <Many authorities consider this continuation as best. Black ignores his development, wastes time, only to exchange White's King's bishop. This cannot be good! Correct is 3...c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.f4 Bg4!, etc.>

4.f4 Nb4 5.Nf3 Nxd3 6.cxd3 e6 7.Nc3

Donaldson/Minev: <ECO considers the whole variation as in Black's favor, on the basis of the game Tarrasch-Chigorin, Hastings 1895: 7.0-0 Be7 8.Nbd2 0-0 9.Qc2 Bd7 10.Nb3 Ba4 11.Qc3 b6 12.Qe1 c5 with the slightly better game. This is misleading. Pillsbury, in his notes in the tournament book, clearly shows that the plan used by Tarrasch (8.Nbd2) is not the best and leads only to an equal game. He recommends the development of White's queen's knight at c3. Rubinstein uses this idea here in a game overlooked by ECO. We think that the opinion of Pillsbury, Rubinstein, and Schlechter is right and that 3...Nc6 should not be recommended.>

That's the game they are referring to: Tarrasch vs Chigorin, 1895

Notes from "Akiva Rubinstein - Volume 1: Uncrowned King" by Donaldson/Minev.

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  keypusher: <Karpova> Thanks for that interesting note from Donaldsen/Minev. I don't think they can claim Pillsbury's endorsement for White's play in this opening, though, since after 5. Nf3 in Tarrasch-Chigorin, he writes:

<5 Be2 Bf5 6 Na3 e6 7 c3 Nc6 8 Nc2 Ne4 9 Nf3 Bd6, etc., was probably a better method of procedure in this position than the text continuation. Black's two bishops come strongly in evidence later on, and the open c-file White is not able to utilise.>

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  Phony Benoni: Marshall played this variation several times at Vienna; Marshall vs Teichmann, 1908 provides an interesting alternative to Reti's play here.

Then there's this game, played in the Prague tournament a few weeks <after> Vienna: Marshall vs Rubinstein, 1908

Apr-29-09  Fanacas: This game shows schlechters playing style of fast devolepment. And i have to agree the whole nc6 takes bischop just doesnt looks good.
Apr-29-09  WhiteRook48: after 11...Nd7, what is white's best move?
Apr-17-14  GumboGambit: Running into the Stonewall leads to the lowlight of a terrible tournament for Reti, one of 16 losses. He finished last and couldnt win a single game.
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  tamar: Not Reti for Prime Time.
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Black might have tried 15... f6!
16. Qh5 Re7
17. exf6 Nxf6
18. Bxf6 gxf6
19. Rg3+ Rg7
20. Rxg7+ Kxg7
21. Qg4+ Kf7.

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Black might hope to hold out, though against Rubinstein it would NOT be easy.

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  keypusher: Incidentally, 15.Qh5 is stronger than 15.Bh4 at once, since after 15....h6 16.Bh4, <offramp>'s ...f6 defense isn't available.
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