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Carl Schlechter vs Akiba Rubinstein
Rubinstein - Schlechter (1918), Berlin GER, rd 3, Jan-23
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Wormald Attack (C77)  ·  1-0


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  vonKrolock: the two giants from the early XX-th Century meet in Berlin whith an amazing record behind: both were undefeated in individual matches! The level of the games was sadly affected from War privations and stress (Schlechter died in this Year) PS: is really a pity that never occurred a match Lasker-Rubinstein somewhere between 1907 and 1914... for Lasker the other adversaries in matches in this period were weaker (Marshall, Tarrasch, Janowsky) - whith the sole exception of Carl Schlechter (+1=8-1) in 1910...
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  Mateo: Rubinstein missed a tactical point and lost, as it happened in most of the losses of this great strategist.

22.d4 exd4? <22... Bb6 was the only move. The difference would be that 23. h4 does not work like in the game, since Black answers 23... Qxh4 24. g3 Qg5 and the e5 pawn support the Knight, meanwhile in the game actually played it does not.> 23.cxd4 Bb6 <23... Bb4 24. h4! Qxh4 25. g3 Nh3+ 26. Kg2 Qh6 27. Ng4, White wins the Knight.> 24.h4! Qxh4 25.g3 Qf6 <25... Nh3+ 26. Kg2 Qh6 27. Ng4 wins for White.>

Sep-14-06  Notagm: I don't understand why Rubinstein played 24... Qxh4. A 1500 hundred player could see this would lose the knight for two pawns.
Sep-14-06  Resignation Trap: <Notagm> As <<Mateo>> noted, Black's blunder came earlier. 24...Qxh4 loses the Knight, but so does 24...Qf6 and 24...Qh6 because of 25. Ng4 in either case.
Nov-20-08  jerseybob: Lasker-Rubinstein(the pre-WW1 Rubinstein) would've been a classic!
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  dernier loup de T: I hesitate to agree completely with you, jersey bob, because Capablanca showed such an enormous high level in the Tournament of 1914, that it seems to me at least from a moral and chess point of view, more logical for Rubinstein to play first a "candidates-like" match against him.... After the war of course, it was already to late.... And I will just add that if not the sad necessity of money after the war, it would have been better for Lasker to decline the match against Capablanca, specially in Cuba...
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