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Oldrich Duras vs Akiba Rubinstein
Karlsbad (1907), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 7, Aug-29
Four Knights Game: Spanish Variation (C49)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: Duras was too much hasitant with e4-e5 and so his e-Pawn became fatal weakness. 22.e5 would have been fine, one move later e4-e5 looks already to be necessary. 26.Rae1 was also a mistake but the position of white would have been very bad after somewhat better 26.d5 too. The rest of game was an easy exhibition of Akiba the Great.
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  Pawn and Two: <Honza Cervenka> Your comment regarding Duras's failure to play e4-e5 at the proper moment, correctly points to the critical turning point in this game.

Fritz 9 evaluates 22. e5 dxe5 23. Nxe5 c5 24. Re2 (.25) (16 ply) or 22. Bf4 Rd8-e8 23. e5 dxe5 24. dxe5 (.23) (16 ply). White's position is ok with either of these lines.

Already with 22. h4, Fritz's evaluation changes to (-.38) (15 ply). Duras has then a difficult position to defend. However, in the next few moves he makes additional errors and his game is quickly lost.

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  Mateo: <Honza Cervenka> You are right. I quote Kmoch after 26.Rae1? <An error which leads to a rapid collapse. White's position was indeed anything to brag about, but after 20.d5 he could still put up fight.(...) Duras was always notoriously weak in games which require positional manoeuvring against Rubinstein.>
Feb-20-21  MordimerChess: Games of Akiba looks so logical and easy to understand, but 100 years later the engines shows that pressure he put on the "equal positions" gave him +2 advantage before he even attack.

Seems like 22. e5 would work well, ex:
22. e5 dxe5 23. Nxe5 Rxe5! 24. Rxe5 Ng4! 25. Bf4 Nxe5 26. Bxe5 Qe7=

Once 22. h4 was played the game started to be difficult and pressure in Rubinstein's style was just growing. Last chance to give the fight was 26. d5 but with huge hole in e5 that would be hard to play, ex: 26. d5 Nd7 27. Ng4 Ne5 28. Nxe5 Rxe5 ⩱

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