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Akiba Rubinstein vs Oscar Chajes
Karlsbad (1911), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 19, Sep-15
Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation (D37)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: Chajes at least equalises on the black side of a Queen's Gambit Declined with 5 Bf4, and Rubinstein strains to make something out of nothing.

For Botvinnik's interpretation of this opening system see: Botvinnik vs Kasparian, 1931

With <35.Qa6?> Rubinstein exceeds the bounds of prudence by trying to be too clever. If instead of <35...f5?> Chajes had played <35...Qxc7!> he should have won:

<36.Rxd3> Qc1+ 37.Ka2 Qf1!

<37...Rd5> would have avoided Rubinstein's <39.Be5!>

<59.Rxg3!!> should have prompted Chajes' immediate resignation, but he wants to be shown after suffering so much in this game.

Dec-19-04  ughaibu: Where does the concept of imperative to equalise with black come from? Lasker's writings suggest that he didn't hold this view.
Jan-24-05  Jack Rabbit: <Rook v. Two Connected Pawns> from <59 -- Kxg3>

According to Fine, in the absence of Kings the Pawns win if they are on or beyond the sixth rank. This is a classic case after <60 a6 Rb8>

The Black king is distant and the White Pawns are advanced. White could force a Queen with <61 a7>, but the way White handles the situation in this game assures that there will be no Black Rook to complicate matters once one of the Pawns coronate.

Oct-22-06  Calli: "<59.Rxg3!!> should have prompted Chajes' immediate resignation, but he wants to be shown after suffering so much in this game."

Chajes resigned after 60.a6 Source: ACB 1912, p276 The rest of the score here is one of those add-ons that show up in old games so often.

May-17-11  bengalcat47: "In the absence of Kings..." I have yet to see an endgame without Kings.
Jul-26-15  Conrad93: 61. a7 wins easily. I wonder why white felt the need to bring the king closer.
Feb-12-17  Bubo bubo: <Conrad93> 61.a7 Rxb7 62.a8Q leads to the lengthy and annoying endgame K+Q vs K+R; supporting the passed pawns with the king is a simpler way to win.
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  perfidious: <donkrad> criticising a top-class GM's play is classic, especially when one does not to be a particularly strong player to apprehend that the method chosen here is by far the quicker way to attain the goal--unless, of course, one wishes to labour through the morass of the QvR ending.
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  nizmo11: position after 50...Rxf3 is a table base win. But 52 b4 was a mistake,

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52...Kf5! would have saved Black: after 52... Kf5 53. Rg1 g4 54. b5 g3
Black can stop pawns, for example:
55. b6 Ke6 56. b7 Rf8 57. Rxg3 Kd6 58. Rb3 Rb8 59. a4 Kc7, or
55. a4 Ke6 56. a5 Kd6 57. b6 Rf5!! (the only move)

After 51.Rg4 the winning continuation was 52. Rg1 with the idea of advancing the a-pawn.
52 Rg1 is not a natural move to play.
Instead of 51. Rg4?!, white could have played 51.Rc4 and now after 51...Kg6 both 52. a4 and b4 are winning.

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