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Akiba Rubinstein vs Carl Schlechter
"Triple Trouble" (game of the day Mar-14-2010)
Berlin Grandmasters (1918), Berlin GER, rd 2, Oct-01
Old Indian Defense: Tartakower-Indian (A54)  ·  1-0


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Jun-18-04  Swindler: Nice game. Schlechter sacrifices a pawn to damage Whites pawn structure, trippling the f-file. He later wins it back but the mating threat posed by the Queen and f6-pawn lets Rubinstein pick up pawns. According to Kmoch Black shouldn't give up the d-file, better was 25....b6 or 25....e6.
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  Mateo: If you analyse this game, you can realize the true genius of Rubinstein. He provides a masterpiece in the Queen ending against one of the strongest players of the time.

20.Bf3 Nfd7!? <Sacrificing a pawn, but inflicting triple pawns to White.> 21.Bxd6 Bxd6 22.Rxd6 Ne5 23.Rxd8 Nxf3+ 24.gxf3 Rxd8 25.Ne4 Rxd1+ 26.Qxd1 b6!? <26... Qd7 27. Qe1, attacking the a pawn. If 27... Qxf5? 28. Nxc5 wins.> 27.Qd4!! <After 27. Nxc5 bxc5 it is difficult to find a plan to break down Black's position. The move actually played is a beautiful pawn sacrifice. Rubinstein finds new targets on the Kingside.> Nxa4 28.f6 Nc5! <28... g6 29. Qd2 (followed by 29. Qh6) Qc8 30. b3 (30. Qh6 Qf8) Nc5 31. Nxc5 bxc5 32. Qxa5, White has a passed pawn on the a file.> 29.Nxc5! <29. fxg7 Nxe4 30. fxe4 Qf4!, Black has some initiative.> bxc5 30.Qg4 <30. Qxc5 gxf6.> g6 31.Qg3 Qd8! <31... Qxg3+? 32. fxg3 Kf8 33. Kf2 Ke8 34. Ke3 Kd7 35. Kf4 h6 36. g4, White wins the King and pawns ending.> 32.Qe5 a4 33.h4 <33. Qe7 Qb8!. If 34. Qxc5? Qxb2 35. Qxc6 Qc1+ 36. Kg2 Qg5+, draw.> h6 34.Kg2 Qc8 <34... Qf8 35. Qe7! Qc8 36. Qxc5 wins a pawn anyway.> 35.Kg3 Qd8 36.Kg2 Qc8 37.Qxc5 Qe6 38.Qe7! Qc8 <38... Qxc4? 39. Qe8+ Kh7 40. Qf8 wins.> 39.c5 g5? <Losing his nerves. But White wins too after 39... Qe6 40. Kg3 (threatening to trade Queens) Qc8 41. Qe4 Qb8+ 42. Kg2 Qa8 43. Kh2! Kh8 44. f4 and 45. f5.> 40. hxg5 hxg5 41.Qe3 Qe6 42.Qxg5+ Kf8 43.Qg7+ Ke8 44.Qg8+ Kd7 45.Qg4! Ke8 46.Qxe6+ fxe6 47.Kg3 Kf7 48.Kf4 Kxf6 49.Ke4 1-0

Nov-28-09  bengalcat47: In Kmoch's book Rubinstein's Chess Masterpieces he gives the following variations after White's move of 28. f6! and Black's reply 28...Nc5. (Kmoch here gives this move an exclamation point.) "Forced. The threat is obviously 29. PxP followed by 30. N-B6ch. 28...PxP is naturally not playable, and if 28...P-N3, 29. Q-K3, Q-B1 (or Q-Q1); 30 N-N5, Q-KB1; 31. Q-K7! (again, Kmoch's exclamation point), P-KR3; 32. N-R7 is quickly decisive."

Now, I have analyzed this particular variation after 29...Qd8 (...Q-Q1) as follows: White's next move is 30. Qh6, Qf8; 31. Qh4, h5; 32. f4! (threatening 33. f5, gxf5; 34. Qg5+, Kh7; 35. Qxh5=, Kg8; 36. Ng5, Qe8; 37. Qh7+, Kf8; 38. Qh8#.) Kh8; 33. Ng5. Now if Black plays 33...Nxb2 then 34. f5!, c4; 35. fxg6, fxg6; 36. f7, a4; 37. Qf4.

Alternately, if Black plays 33...Nc4 instead then 34. f5!, a4; 35. fxg6, fxg6; 36. f7. Now if 36...Nb3 then 37. Qg3, Qe7; 38. Qf4. And if 36...Qd8 (instead of ...Nb3) then again 37. Qf4.

Dec-01-09  Lt.Surena: Black's 11th move weakened the d-file and exposed d6 to attack. 12.. Rd8 was probably a better move. 13.f4 is a great move.

White plays fantastic tactical moves from 13th to the 20th to bust the formation at d6. A great game by two very fine players.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This probably will rank amongst my worst attempts to describe Rubenstein's genius, and probably won't be my last, but here goes--Rubenstein, more than any other player, discovered, revealed, and told the truth about a position. Like the silent fellow who sits in the corner during a huge multi-party argument only to come forward with a quiet suggestion that the others realize settles the matter at once, Rubenstein at his best ignored everything we "know" about chess, evaluated each position without prejudices, and found the truth in a game and used it to achieve victory.

Here, the truth is that his tripled pawns are the strength and not the weakness of his position. I'm sure the spectators, the other players, and perhaps Schlechter himself looked at this game and thought, "How come *my* tripled pawns always lose for me, but Akiba's win for him?!"

Ah, well, so much for this latest attempt. The fact is that after almost a century, Rubenstein's play still amazes, mystifies and confounds me. Even when, especially when, his play is at its most quiet.

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  Chessmensch: Fritz 12 doesn't agree with most of Lasker's comments.
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  kamalakanta: <An Englishman:>

I could not agree more. I am trying to go through some of his games every day, with a board, not a computer...what a pleasure! To stop at a given position and contemplate how the pieces interact, and then to see the greatness of his concept and skill!

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  patzer2: Rubinstein's 41. Qe3! is an instructive double threat which overworks the Black Queen, who cannot protect against both 42. Qxg5+ and 41...Qf5 42. Qe8+ Kh7 43. Qxf7+ .
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  kevin86: White has triplets,still wins ending!
Feb-10-14  MelvinDoucet: this is the kind of games that should be shown to noobs so they understand that double pawns arent an issue
Jun-29-14  shallowred: <Chessmensch>
So, Fritz says that 7...c6 and 25...Rxd1 are necessary? And Fritz knows what a Master in 1918 intended to do after 16...Ne6?

I study every word Lasker writes to gain insight from a practical player. Keep your computer's mindless calculations.

Jun-29-14  WDenayer: I do not understand why Lasker gives 31.Qg3 an exclamation mark. Black is not going to take the Q. 31.Qh4 is not possible because of 31. ... Qe5. But why not 31.f4 ? Then Black plays 31. ... Qd6, but after 32.Qg5 White will win easily. After 31.Qg3, the win took a look time. The position after move 30 is simple to understand: White will use the f pawn, either to mate, but Black can deal with that, or threaten to exchange Queens on e7. The endgame is always lost of Black. If Black deals with both threats, White has to keep the f6 pawn on the board until he can harvest the pawns on the Queenside. There is no way to save this position for Black.
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