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Carl Schlechter vs Akiba Rubinstein
Rubinstein - Schlechter (1918), Berlin GER, rd 5, Jan-27
Spanish Game: Exchange. Keres Variation (C68)  ·  0-1


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Jan-03-03  ughaibu: Here's another interesting resignation.
Jan-03-03  pawntificator: Not so hard to believe after 39 b8=Q b2 40 Qg8+ Kc3 and there is nothing white can do. After 40 Qb7 b1=Q 41 QxQ Rh1+ black still has an extra pawn and a more central king for an easy win. But to resign after 1 c4 is ridiculous. Perhaps (in Portisch vs Smyslov, 1970) when Portisch was writing down his moves he wrote 1 c4!!!!! and when Smyslov saw that he was frightened into a draw.
Jul-28-05  Jgamazo: 14.Nb6+? allows 15. ... Bb5! better was 14.Nec3 or 14.c4 and double rooks on the d file, then try the knight sac.
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  Mateo: 14.Nb6+? was an amazing blunder for such a strong player as Schlechter. It is hard to believe. After 14...cxb6 15.Rxd6 Bb5 16.Rxd8+ Rxd8 White loses the exchange since 17. Re1 does not work (17... Bxe2 18. Rxe2 Rd1 and mate).
Sep-15-06  paladin at large: <Mateo> Schlechter starved to death in 1918 in the ruins of central Europe and was no doubt destitute during the year. Although he won some games in 1918, I assume he was off form here from physical weakness and/or worries about his prospects.
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  Mateo: <paladin at large> No doubt for me that your explanation is the only likely explanation for Schlechter blunder in this game. By the way, when you know how strong he was as a chess player, and when you see such a blunder, one can imagine the tragic situation of central Europe at the end of the war. Instructive and painful!
Sep-16-06  Karpova: Rubinstein is also well-known for grotesque blunders in later years (after WW1).
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