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Georg Salwe vs Akiba Rubinstein
Match (1903), Lodz, rd 2
Sicilian Defense: Classical Variation. General (B56)  ·  1-0
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Mar-17-06  Whitehat1963: What's the finish? Both players are in danger of a quick mate, so who is faster?
Mar-17-06  tonsillolith: I wouldnt say white is in danger of a quick mate. Black must take whites rook in order to mate within a few moves, but if he takes with the bishop white can play Rf8 pinning queen to king.
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  Chessical: <30.Rxa8> then Kg5 (30...Bxe1 31.Rf8+ Ke7 32.Rxf5 wins) 31.h4+ Kg4 32.Rd8 d3 33.Rd4+ Bf4 34.Rxf4+ Qxf4 35.Qd5 wins
Aug-07-06  witchetty grub: i think 16...Nxc5 might have been a bit of a blunder. instead rubinstein might have castled long. and 18...Nxc5?? was what started the attack for white. something interesting is that salwe missed a huge tactic with 22.Rde1? he could have finished it off with the gory Rxf6!! followed by ...Kxf6 23.Qf4+ Ke6 24.Re1+ Kd7 25.Qf7+ Kd8 26.Bf4 Rc8 27.Qf6+ and black loses a rook with mate to follow soon.


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22.Rxf6!!

Dec-17-06  Bridgeburner:

Rubinstein plays a poor opening.

Rubinstein's 6.g6 has never been a popular move and in this game does not even achieve the fianchetto.

9...exd6 looks like an automatic response. 9...Ne5 is better: (10.dxe7 Qxe7 11.Be2 Bg7 equalises)

10...Be7 is the decisive mistake. This was Black's last chance for 9...Ne5 (10.Be2 Be6).

As <witchetty grub> points out, 22.Rxf6 wins on the spot, and ends in a forced mate:

22...Kxf6 23.Qf4+ Ke6 24.Re1+ Kd7 25.Qf7+ Kd8 26.Bf4 Rc8 27.Qf6+ Kd7 28.Qg7+ Kd8 29.Qxh8+ Kd7 30.Qg7+ Kd8 31.Qf6+ Kd7 32.Qe6+ Kd8 33.Qe8#

or

22...Kxf6 23.Qf4+ Qf5 24.Qxd4+ Ke7 25.Qd6+ Kf7 26.Qc7+ Kf6 27.Qg7+ Ke6 28.Qd7+ Kf6 29.Rd6+ Ke5 30.Qe7+ Qe6 31.Qe6#

or

22...Kxf6 23.Qf4+ Ke7 24.Qc7+ Kf6 25.Qg7+ Ke6 26.Re1+ Kd5 27.Qf7+ Kd6 28.Kd6 Qe6#

If Black declines the exchange sacrifice with 22...Ke7, White remains a piece ahead and continues with a mating attack.

23.Rxf6 wins faster than the text (23.Qf4) but more slowly than if it had been played a move earlier.

Dec-17-06  euripides: 6...g6 looks quaint now, but was played by one of the great Sicilian pioneers: Blackburne vs Paulsen, 1882
Dec-17-06  Bridgeburner: Paulsen did it better. Instead of the passive 7...Nd7 he played 7...Ng4 (7...d5 is interesting) and recaptured on d6 with the Queen instead of the pawn.

Nevertheless, 8.e6?! - threatening both the advanced Knight and Black's King Bishop pawn - in response to 7...Ng4, is interesting:

8.e6 f5 (forced) and now:

10.0-0 (Schlechter vs Lasker, 1910 - drawn) or

10.h3 (B Ivanovic vs M Tosic, 2004 - win for Black)

or

10.Bf4 (F Blatny vs Dasek, 1950) which ended amusingly with Black walking into a blatant trap with 10...d5?? 11.Nxd5 cxd5 12.Bb5+ 1-0. A much better response would be 10...Bg7 fianchettoing and preserving castling rights.

10.Qd4!? looks interesting as it forces Black to move its King Rook and forfeit King side castling rights. A possible continuation may be:

10...Rg8 11.Bd5?! cxd5 12.Qxd5 Rb8 (interesting symmetry!)13.Qc6+ Bd7 14.Qc4?!

Jan-22-13  Diglot: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 d6 6.Bc4 g6 <6...e6, 6...Qb6, 6...Bd7, and even 6...e5 are better alternatives here. Furthermore, Rubinstein doesn't even get the Bishop doesn't on g7!> 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.e5 Nd7 <8...Ng4 is more active> 9.exd6 exd6 10.00 Be7 <10...Ne5 is much better than 10...Be7, despite the fact that the latter develops another piece> 11.Bh6 Nb6 12.Bb3 d5 13.Re1 Be6 14.Qd2 Bf6 15.Rad1 Qe7 16.Na4 Nd7 <16...000 or 16...g5 are to be preferred> 17.c4 d4 18.c5 Nxc5 <Decisive mistake. 18000 was needed> 19.Nxc5 Qxc5 20.Bxe6 fxe6 21.Rxe6+ Kf7 <21...Be7 is better but still losing> 22.Rde1 <White misses a forced win after 22.Rxf6+! 22...Kxf6 23.Qf4+ with mate to follow in ten; 22...Ke7 23.Qf4 with mate in seven; and 22...Ke8 23.Qe2+ with mate in six> 22...Rhd8 <22...Qf5 is needed now> 23.Qf4 <24.Rxf6+ is by far the better move> 23...Qf5 24.Qc7+ Kg8 25.Qxc6 Bg5 <25...Bg7 the better move here, though White still enjoys a strong attack, e.g. 26.Qc4 Kh8 27.Bxg7+> 26.Qc4 Bxh6 <This move loses the game. 26...Kh8 is the best move, though White will still have it in the bad> 27.Re8+ Kg7 28.Qg8+ <Better is the mate in nine: 28.R1e7+ Kf6 29.Rf7+ Kg5 30.Rxf5+ gxf5 31.f4+ Kh4 32.g3+ Kh5 33.Qe2+ Kg6 34.Qe6+ Kg7 35.Qg8+ Kf6 36.Re6#> 28...Kf6 29.Rxd8 Bd2 30.Rxa8 <After 30...Bxe1 Black's game is hopeless> 10
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