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Rudolf Spielmann vs Akiba Rubinstein
Karlsbad (1911), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 16, Sep-11
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Symmetrical Variation (C49)  ·  1-0

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Dec-16-03
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  Chessical: Spielmann plays very actively against Rubinstein and breaks through to his K with two rook sacrifices – on f6 and g7.

11...c5 12.d5 Nc7 13.Bd3 Bg4 (Tartakower) is equal.
37.Rxg7 Ke8 38.Rxg8+ Rf8 39.Rxf8+ Kd7 40.Rxd8 mate.

Also see Spielmann vs Rubinstein, 1907 where fours years earlier Spielmann crashed trough on the K-side again.

Nov-12-08  chocobonbon: It seems to me that the Rook capture at g7 isn't a sac as it literally cannot be taken and will not have been taken even had Black played on. Quite a bully Rook.
Jan-04-09  WhiteRook48: the arrangement in the final position...
Mar-17-09  WhiteRook48: 37 Rxg7 and Rubinstein is stuck in zugzwang
Aug-19-09  tayer: I think that zugzwang is a position where you rather don't have to move (i.e. the fact that you have to move makes things worse), so you would "pass" if you could. After 37 Rxg7+, if black "passes", then white plays 38. Qxg8++
Feb-16-10  hedgeh0g: A little exercise: how many times were the words "decisive attack" used in the annotations to this game?
Feb-17-10  Boomie: The comment to 14...d5 is funny.

<Spielmann: Necessary.

Tartakower: In quest of emancipation.

Mieses: A serious mistake.>

That clears up that matter.

Rybka likes 14...Qa5 with a slight advantage for black.

Feb-17-10  Boomie: Starting with 15. f4, both players seem to go astray in this complicated position. 15. f4 is given an exclam in the notes although I'm not sure by who. Certainly not anyone with an engine. Rybka rates 15. f4 a blunder (-0.64/17).

Although bug ugly, the Rybka line makes some sense.

15. exd5 cxd5 16. dxe5 Ne4 17. c4 (0.50/17)


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17...f5 (-0.06/18). The white central pawns are imposing so this reaction is understandable. However black can take the c-pawn here.

17...Nxc3 18. Qc3 Ne4 19. f5 N6g5 (-0.40/17)


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Psychologically, these positions suit Spielmann's style more than Rubinstein.

18. exf6 misses a delightful line which features a cavalry charge by black into enemy territory.

18. Nxf5 Nxf4 19. Ng3 Nxg3 20. hxg3 Nh3+ 21. Kh2 Nf2 22. Qe2 Rf8 23. Bf4 Ng4+ 24. Kg1=


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Black's advantage has vanished here according to Rybka.

18...Nxf6 is understandable for security sake but is also quite wrong. Rubinstein needed to play like Spielmann in this position.

18...Qf7 19. f5 Qxf6 20. Qh5 Nxg5 21. Bd3 (-0.36/17)


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Feb-17-10  Dr. J: <Boomie>: Fascinating analysis of a difficult game. More, please!
Feb-18-10  Boomie: <Dr. J: <Boomie>: Fascinating analysis of a difficult game. More, please!>

Thanks for the nice complement.

Work on the tactics after 30. Reg2. Do you think black can hold? I don't know if he can.

Hint: 31...Kf8 is a lemon.

Spielmann was one of the best tacticians ever. Working on his games is a great way to improve your understanding of how the pieces work together.

Mar-21-10  Xeroxx: holy cow
Nov-11-10  sevenseaman: In the context of White K being totally bare, remarkable feature of this game is that the center is locked. Black has, perhaps unwittingly co-operated in bringing this about. His light squared B might just as well be off the board. Q activity is constrained.

An interesting game with loads of moves lending to deep analysis.

Jul-15-11
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  wordfunph: 31.♕h6! adding fuel on g7 pawn and hitting on f6!
Apr-26-12  LIFE Master AJ: Did "Guess the Move," today, I was not pleased with the results.

I chose 9.Rb1, and its also the first choice of Fritz 13.

I chose 24.Bxf6, and its the correct move, according to the computer. [ >/= 24.Bxf6! gxf6 25.Kf2! Kh8 26.Rg1! c4 27.Be2 Re4 28.Qg3 Rxh4 29.Qxh4 Bxf5 30.Rae1, (Fritz 13) ]

After 24.Kh1, just about all the engines evaluate Black as (a little) better ...

24...c4? was a horrible move, and completely anti-positional. (It wrecked Black's Pawn structure and turned his LSB/QB into a tall Pawn.)

28...Rf8? ('??') was also very bad, 28...Rae8; was better and kept the game close to being level here.

31...Kf8??; was horrible ... it was almost beyond all belief that Rubinstein could have played such a move.

34.Qd8? (>/= 34...Rf6)

Jan-04-18
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  thegoodanarchist: Karlsbad as I Wanna Be
Feb-05-18  Toribio3: Spielmann plays like Tal. The hostile King could not escape.
Sep-10-18  Nerwal: Supposed to be a Spielmann masterpiece but actually a weakly played game by Rubinstein, showing that in 1911 understanding of dynamism was still in its infancy (Nunn chose to trash Karlsbad 1911 for good reason; level of play tremendously raised in the 20s). Yet much later, Le Lionnais still thought Rubinstein had not made any big mistake... 18... ♘xf6 looks very normal at a glance but it's soon clear Black ends up in a positional bind after the continuation of the game. Of all plausible moves, 18... ♘xf6 is actually the weakest, the dynamic choices 18... ♘xf4!? or 18... gxf6!? may well save the game, to say nothing of the computer line 18... ♕f7!? 19. f5 ♕xf6 20. ♖xe4!? dxe4 21. ♕g4 ♖xd4!?. 27... ♖e7 is also a meek defence when passive play is bound to fail to a g file pile-up as duly happened in the game.

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