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Akiba Rubinstein vs Milan Vidmar
Berlin Four Masters (1918), Berlin DEU, rd 3, Apr-22
Budapest Defense: Rubinstein Variation (A52)  ·  0-1


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Nov-24-04  ughaibu: As Rubinstein declined the repetition on move 21 I guess he thought he was winning?!
Feb-05-05  hkannan2000: For Vidmar's another famous game : Vidmar - Euwe, where vidmar brings off a beautiful mate from nowhere, just when he was on the verge of losing.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The losing move is 13.e3. Rubinstein was probably concerned about his lack of development, but 13.f3! intending e4 is best. He probably didn't think Vidmar would strengthen White's pawn structure with ...Nxd4.
Feb-05-05  RisingChamp: This game inspired the other participants of the tournament to play the Budapest against Rubinstein who managed only one draw from three white games.
May-11-05  niemzo: <Honza Cervenka> After 21. Kf3 h5! follows.then after 22. h3 h4 23.rd1 ng5+ 24. fxg5 be4+ 25.ke3 qxg5+ with a winning attack for black
May-11-05  niemzo: 11.qd2 isnt very good as it allows ne4 with greater force ("the budapest gambit" by bogdan lalic)
Jun-18-06  GeauxCool: Vidmar dropped out of chess to become an electrical engineer and later physicist. His son jr. is a chess master. His style was ecclectic. -Fine
Sep-04-06  erimiro1: <kostich in time> I also read the story in one of Czerniak books. Czerniak told, that this was the birth of the Budapest gambit. Rubinstein was completely surprised (as we can see by the game), and the Hungarian master who taught Vidmar was Abony.
Sep-04-06  Ziggurat: <Czerniak told, that this was the birth of the Budapest gambit.> The way I've heard, it was Breyer who introduced the Budapest gambit in a game Esser-Breyer (Budapest 1916). Of course there may be even earlier occurrences but it wasn't Vidmar who was first.
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  hesyrett: <Honza Cervenka> Yes, the repetition at move 21 (which I can't believe Rubinstein declined--21.Kh4?? is suicidal) cost me points in "Guess the Move". I didn't guess 19...Nd2+ because I couldn't see any effective continuation after 20.Kg3, apart from the draw by repetition. Since I knew that Black had won, I drew the logical but incorrect conclusion that Black's 19th could NOT have been Nd2+. Can someone with an analysis engine tell me what the Silicon Monster thinks Black's best 19th move is? Would Fritz consider it drawn with best play from that point?
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  Peligroso Patzer: <hkannan2000: For Vidmar's another famous game : Vidmar - Euwe, where vidmar brings off a beautiful mate from nowhere, just when he was on the verge of losing.>

Here is a link to the game mentioned in the above comment: Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929

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  Peligroso Patzer: <Whitehat1963: Wow, Rubinstein takes a brutal beating here.>

He does, indeed, but I suppose it could have been worse.

I looked up this game because it matches the reference (with no indication that the position comes from a variation, rather than the actual game) for position #12 in "Sharpen Your Tactics" by Lein and Archangelsky (Hays Publishing 1996, at page 12). The position given in that book would have come about if, after 5. ... Bb4+, the game had continued 6. Nbd2 Qe7 7. a3 Ngxe5 8. axb4?? ... after which Black has 8. ... Nd3#. I could not believe that Rubinstein could have fallen into such a checkmate - and apparently he didn't - but losing with White in 24 moves is still a rather stunningly poor performance from the great Akiba.

Jul-07-08  myschkin: <Zigg> <This was probably the first Budapest between elite players, and it passed with flying colors. Rubinstein held the gambit pawn with 4.Bf4 and 7.Qd5, but his neglect of kingside development was severely punished.> (D. Monokroussos)
Sep-04-08  notyetagm: This game must be the best advertisement for the the Budapest Defense.
Jun-22-09  WhiteRook48: even though 8...Qa3 looked like a mistake
Jun-22-10  asiduodiego: Maybe Rubinstein thought that after 21. Kf3, Vidmar would play something like 21... Bg4+?. Which is a mistake, but leads to a very dangerous line for white, altough it can be defended (Of course not 22 Ke3??, Nc5++). After 22 Kxg4 h5+, 23 Kd3 Nd2+, 24 Kg3+ Qf5, 25 f3! h4+, 26 Kf2 Qxf4 Re1!. And white is winning, but almost any other line is losing for white. For example, 25 h3??, leads to 25... h4+!, 26 Kh2 Qxf4+, 27 Kg1 Rf8, 28 f3 Qe3+ 29 Kh2 Qf2!, and white will have to give up the Queen. Almost any other line leads to lose the Queen or mate, so I think it's posible that Rubinstein just miscalculated that line.
Sep-30-10  tranquilsimplicity: This is to Kostich in Time; with regards to "that evening" when Rubinstein met Vidmar, the master that tutored Vidmar was Istvan Abonyi who was a Hungarian Chess Master and one of the founding members of FIDE.
Feb-01-11  KingG: <notyetagm> <This game must be the best advertisement for the the Budapest Defense.> I don't know, this game is pretty good too : Oll vs A Romero Holmes, 1984.
May-01-11  bolek88: if 16's not Ke2 but: 16.Kd1 Bf5 17.Bd3 Nxf2+ 18.Qxf2 Bxd3 19.Qd2 Qxd2+ 20.Kxd2 Be4 - is any better variant for black ? ...
(16.Kd1 g5(Honza's move) 17.Qxe4 Bf5- not satisfy me)
Jul-21-11  50movesaheadofyou: One of the first top-level tests of the Budapest.
Jan-20-12  polarx: I think 19.Kf3 is already suicidal. 19.f3 seems to hold for white.

19. f3 Ng3+
20. Kf2 Nxh1+
21. Kg1

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  tpstar: Here's one for any Game Collections featuring double exchange sacrifices. The final sequence is a nice Double Check leading to mate.

<kostich in time> What a cool story! =)

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  MJCB: I could not believe it: on move 13, black takes the white knight, restructures white chain pawn and leaves white with a pawn more. From there, I was undoubtfully confident that white was better. In reality, black starts a magnificent attach, which I completely failed to see coming. Great judgment by Vidmar!
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  thegoodanarchist: Never before have I seen Rubinstein thrashed so easily.
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  Patszer: I can't wait to try out this opening.
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