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Oldrich Duras vs Akiba Rubinstein
Barmen Main A play-off (1905), Barmen GER, rd 1, Aug-??
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-13-07  Karpova: Rubinstein and Duras being tied for first played two Playoff games (Rubinstein had two leave afterwards) and both were drawn. This is the first one and the other one doesn't seem to have survived.

34.cxd5! is a beautiful idea in a difficult position for white. It's black who has to be careful afterwards and he was.

May-04-17  Count von Twothree: There's a chance 34cxd5 might well lose after 36...Ne4+ (instead of Rubinstein's 36...Kf6) 37 Kc7 b5. Certainly it risks doing so. Also 34 cxd5 is unnecessary as 34Be2 probably draws safely.
Oct-22-17  Count von Twothree: Incidentally, after the correct 36...Ne4+ 37.Kc7 b5 38.d6 b4 39.d7 Nc5, White is forced into promoting to a knight in the probably vain hope of saving himself. Promotion to a queen would lose very easily. The knight promotion leads to a rich knight endgame, which I think Black is probably winning.
Feb-07-20  MordimerChess: Guys, first I would like to very deeply apologize for what I have done. I really tried to make it simple, I really tried to use endgame analysis and comments from top chess theoreticians. I failed. WARNING! This video is for Endgame Fanatics only. If you aren't Hardcore Chess Lover or you even don't try to pretend to be one, don't even bother to watch this one ;) Endgame madness, can you calculate?

And two cents about the game and its madness. Seems like "the best" line showed by Stockfish 36... Ne4+ 37.Kc7 Nc3 38. d6 Nb5+ 39. Kd7 Nd4 40. Kc8 b5 41. d7 Ne6 leads to draw. But with many complicated variations where one mistake leads to lost position (both sides have to play perfect moves).

Also that the idea showed by <Count von Twothree> would lead to Rubinstein's win. Or something is beyond my imagination ;) 36... Ne4+ 37.Kc7 b5 38. d6 b4 39. d7 Nc5 40. d8=N a5 41. Nc6 b3 42. axb3 Nxb3 43. Kb6 a4

But once we go thru some more variations there is still some crazy endgame analyzed by bunch of chess masters in the books. And Stockfish doesn't agree with them! Pretty interesting stuff. I don't want to scare you but you visit my youtube commentary on your own responsibility. Don't sue me for your brain damage ;)

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