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Akiba Rubinstein vs Sergey Nikolaevich von Freymann
Vilnius All-Russian Masters (1912), Vilna (Vilnius) RUE, rd 2, Aug-20
French Defense: McCutcheon. Bernstein Variation (C12)  ·  0-1


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  Honza Cervenka: Black's drive on the queenside was faster and more effective than action of white on the Kingside. In final position if 39.Kc1, then 39...Ba2 threatening Rb1#.
Jun-15-05  WMD: Leonhardt [after 20...Qc7]: 'Up to this point Rubinstein has played the game excellently, and has acquired such a decided superiority of position, that it is difficult to understand how he could throw away the game.


'A glaring instance again in proof of Rubinstein's subordinate talent for combination. Who would have missed the decisive move of 21.Qb4? Black must have resigned at once, for against the threat of 22.Rg8+ there is no remedy. If 21...Nc5 22.Qxc5! and wins. Rubinstein's blunder has changed the situation at a stroke.'

What Leonhardt apparently missed, and Rubinstein may well have seen, is that 21...Nf8 is a tougher nut to crack, though it still loses. Now 22.Rg8 Rxg8 23.Qc5 Qa5+ 24.Rd2! f6 25.exf6 Ng6 26.Bxc4 and the threats are overwhelming.

White also wins with 22.Bxc4 Ba6 (22...a6 23.Rg8 Rxg8 24.Qc5 Qa5+ 25.Ke2; 22...bxc4 23.Rg8 Rxg8 24.Qc5) 23.Be2.

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  Phony Benoni: Rubinstein won this double-round robin tournament with a score of 12/18. Sounds impressive, but his results were quite unusual:

2. Bernstein ==
3. Levitsky 1=
4. Nimzowitsch =1
5. Flamberg 11
6. Alekhine 11
7. Levenfish 11
8. Freymann 00
9. Alapin 01
10 Salwe ==

So against the players 2-7, Rubinstein scored 10/12; against players 8-10, only 2/6!

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  keypusher: <phony benoni> Sounds like Vilnius 1912 would make a great tournament collection!
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  Phony Benoni: <keypusher> Might be a lot of work; there are many games missing. We're even lacking one of the Rubinstein v. Alekhine games.

But I've got a few days off coming up, so maybe I'll take a look around.

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Round 2 (Tuesday, August 20)
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