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Akiba Rubinstein vs Carl Schlechter
Rubinstein - Schlechter (1918), Berlin GER, rd 4, Jan-26
Slav Defense: Alekhine Variation (D15)  ·  1-0


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Mar-28-05  Karpova: One of Rubinstein's best games!

13.d5!! is a great move and Rubinstein converts his advantage into a well deserved victory.

After 34...rf2:+ 35.nf2: Qf2:+ 36.Qg2 Qf4+ 37.kh1 Qc1+ 38.Qg1 black has no checks left.

Schlechter's 8...bf3: was a bad move, getting rid of the inferior bishop but not against white's k-bishop. He just left the bishop pair to Rubinstein (who utilizes them briliantly in his games) and accelerating white's development.

16.g4! threatening g5 is a very nice attacking move.

Mar-28-05  paladin at large: <Karpova>Thanks for the analysis. Rubinstein creates a beautiful flow of moves right from the opening. I would draw your attention to another Rubinstein masterpiece, which would seem to have a place in your interesting collection: Rubinstein vs Schlechter, 1912
Mar-28-05  Karpova: <paladin at large>
thanks for the link! you are right. a very fine game.

It's interesting to see that Rubinstein created so much masterpieces against Schlechter. Like Capa against Marshall or Yates

Apr-08-05  Whitehat1963: White's pawn march down the middle is absulutely masterful! An excellent performance. Rubinstein and Schlechter in their primes.
Apr-08-05  WillC21: I think black, positionally, went wrong as early as move number nine. Black played 9...Be7, but it seems black should instead free its pieces more, and put pressure on the c3 knight, which covers the important d5 square. Then black should aim to move its queen off of the d-file to partly dampen the power of a white rook eventually coming to d1. I think a better continuation for black would be: 9...Bb4 10. a3 Bxc3 11. bxc3 Qc7 12. e4 O-O 13. Bg5 b5 14. Bd3 h6 15. Bf4 e5, for example
Apr-08-05  WillC21: After 11...Re8 black was in very big trouble. By now white can still turn an advantage, but had black played 11...Nb6 that was the best chance for black. For example: 11. Nb6
12. Be2 Qd7
13. Bf4 Rad8
14. a4 a5
15. Be5 Rfe8
16. Rac1
Nov-23-12  outplayer: Rubinstein played 13. d5! taking tactical advantage of his center to create a passed pawn! The central advance should be clear as the white rook on d1 is opposite the black queen on d8, and the abscence of blacks light-squared bishop (imbalance) means that whites light-squared bishop on c4 increaces in power by the opening of lines
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