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Jorge Alberto Rubinetti vs Lothar Schmid
Mar del Plata op (1973), rd 8
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Gruenfeld Formation (A15)  ·  0-1


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Aug-01-09  myschkin: . . .


Aug-23-15  NeverAgain: An odd game. Starts out as the Reti, turns into an Anti-Gruenfeld English and promptly transposes into the notorious Four Bishops Opening, a favorite playground of I/G/Drawmasters. Despite the result, it's decidedly less exciting than their draw at the same place three years before.

J A Rubinetti vs L Schmid, 1970

White emerges from the early middlegame with an isolated d-pawn that he picked up for no good reason and which seems to neither worry him a bit, nor make his opponent make the slighest effort to exploit. As a compensation he has an unopposed light-squared Bishop that totally dominates the empty a8-h1 diagonal, along with a smug assurance that forty years later people would still be arguing which ECO code to classify this little gem under.

Things proceed on a even keel for much of this mysterious game, until just before the time control Black starts to exhibit alarming symptoms of developing an edge. This quickly escalates into a full-blown by the move 45 when White, rather than tend to his own straggling flock, goes after one of the opposing number who is harmlessly stuck at the edge of the board.

A couple of moves later Rubinetti, presumably reluctant to part with his proud lone white isolani in the middle of the board, sends his Rook to give a random check to the enemy King instead of seizing the chance to push his #1 weakling to d5, which confuses the hell out of the engines who suddenly start thinking that Black is up a pawn and a half. Schmid must have been no less confused, since he pushes his King to the wrong square and the position immediately becomes dead-even - shucks, even <47...Kf6> would at least have made Stockfish believe Black's advantage was worth two full pawns. Nevertheless, at this point White apparently resigned, no doubt disappointed by the failure of his mating attack.

Sounds quite logical, won't you agree? Yet somehow I cannot get rid of the vague impression that something is amiss here. Either it's an incomplete score, a non-standard time control (e.g. 50/120 rather than the classical 40/120) or a peculiar case of a grandmaster draw gone wrong. Failing all that, I must declare this game officially Not Gay.
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