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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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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-19-04
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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
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  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
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  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.
Feb-12-17
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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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