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Akiba Rubinstein vs Gyula Breyer
Bad Pistyan (1912), Pistyan (Piestany) AUH, rd 8, May-29
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Keres Defense (A14)  ·  1-0

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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-16-04
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  tamar: Rubinstein's staircase of pawns c3-d4-e5-f5 eventually produces a passed pawn on e6 that wins.

After 24 Nxc4 Bxb2 25 Nxa5 Black could refuse to take the exchange, but that would allow a temporary piece sacrifice on move 29

25...Bd3 26 Rbe1 Nc6 27 Rf3 Nxa5 28 Rxd3
Nc4 29 fxe6 Nd2 30 e5 (Shredder 8) and the rolling pawns are worth more than a piece combined with the power of the g2 bishop.

Dec-16-04  euripides: A beautiful game by Rubinstein. Black's 10...c4 releases all pressure on the centre, and White always looks better thereafter. It's as if Breyer is experminting with 'giving up the centre' in the early days of hypermodernism, but failing to generate the indirect pressure on the centre that makes the hypermodern openings work.
Nov-27-19  zydeco: Breyer really seemed to be getting somewhere with his queenside pressure around move 23. Not sure if Rubinstein was lucky or good that the exchange sacrifice with 24.Nxc4! works out so well. It's not easy to see that the rook on b6 eventually loses the ability to protect b2. Although, who knows, maybe Rubinstein saw the whole thing.

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