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David Janowski vs Akiba Rubinstein
Karlsbad (1907), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 5, Aug-26
Four Knights Game: Spanish Variation (C49)  ·  0-1



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Jan-17-03  aulero: As stated by Razuvajev,

1) before this game no one saw the manouvre Ng6-Ne7-Ng8-Nf6 to dislodge the annoying Knight in e4;

2) neither before, nor after, one can find something similar to the manouvre Qd7-Qd8-Qb8-Qa7-Qc5-Qb4 to activate the Queen and try to obtain the advantage.

The end-game is a master piece.

Jan-17-03  ughaibu: Rubinstein was a very original player, this game is really a strategical masterpiece.
Jan-17-03  drukenknight: 40 Kh3 appears to have created some problems. what about 40 h4?
Oct-11-04  Swindler: Kmoch gives 40.c5 as best for White.

Another nice finess in this endgame is 60.Rf4+ forcing the King to d3 and therefore enabling 63....Rd7.

Jul-01-07  Karpova: Amazing game with Rubinstein making use of white's Queenside weaknesses in a highly original and logical manner - bytransferring the Queen over there via d8-b8-a7
Aug-06-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Janowski vs Rubinstein, 1907.
Your score: 189 (par = 162)


PS. Par is now 164

Apr-06-13  Cemoblanca: Wonderful Queen moves here:


My favorite move was 36.a5! to open the useful a-line (39...Ra8!). Enjoyed the whole game & especially the endgame. A truly (endgame) masterpiece by the great Akiba.

Dec-19-15  cunctatorg: This game must become a GOTD ... and Rubinstein is the predecessor of many great players including Botvinnik, Petrosian and Karpov!!
Nov-25-19  EdC: What if black doesn't exchange queens and just plays 37. Re1? How does white make progress?
Dec-22-20  MordimerChess: Very inspiring game. How often positions like that can appear in the games and players just agree for a draw. A completely new dimension for people in 1907 and must know ideas for players in 21st century!

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  fiercebadger: for a similar but modern game see Shirov Polgar Madrid 1994
Jun-07-21  tbontb: A game famous for Black's 30th move! Later, 41.Kg4 (better Kg2) is misguided and exposes the K to mating threats, ultimately leading to loss of a pawn and the game. The last (forlorn) chance may be 58.Re2 Rf4+ 59.Kc3 Kg6. The move 60....Rf4+ is clever but simply 60....Rf7 also seems adequate (e.g. 61.c5 bxc5 62.b6 Rf4+ 63.Ke3 cxb6).
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Does 45.Ra3 offer White any cause for hope? If 45...Rh1, not 46.h4,h5X, but rather 46.Kh3. Superficially, the attempt to seize the a-file seems to drum up counterplay, but what sayeth the silicon monsters?
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  keypusher: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Does 45.Ra3 offer White any cause for hope? If 45...Rh1, not 46.h4,h5X, but rather 46.Kh3. Superficially, the attempt to seize the a-file seems to drum up counterplay, but what sayeth the silicon monsters?>

45.Ra3 Rh1 46.Kh3 Rh5+ is mate in five.

46.Rc2 is better but the h-pawn goes after ...Rg5+, ...Rh5+. Black is still threatening mate after ...Rxh2 followed by an exchange of rooks, so there's no time for the counterplay on the a-file to materialize.

Jun-08-21  SChesshevsky: <...45. Ra3 Rh1 46. Kh3 Rh5+ is mate in five...>

Yes, the crush on the kingside does seem quicker.

But on the plus side, 45. Ra3 can possibly eliminate the humiliation and shame of choosing to open the qside with 12. axb3 then letting the opponent take probably game winning advantage there. Maybe DJ can pretend 45. Ra3 was the plan all along.

Jan-03-22  Ivan Karamazov: <"neither before, nor after, one can find something similar to the maneuver Qd7-Qd8-Qb8-Qa7-Qc5-Qb4">

Questionable, viz.: J Mieses vs J Mason, 1901 including Qc3-d1-h1-h2-d6 (followed soon by Qxc5xa7). However, Rubinstein's execution seems to have been more accurate.

As <fiercebadger> suggests, also see: Shirov vs Polgar, 1994

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