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Georg Salwe vs Akiba Rubinstein
Karlsbad (1907), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 9, Aug-31
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Italian Four Knights Variation (C50)  ·  0-1



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Aug-21-05  Raskolnikov: A nice gem in a ♖ubinstein collection. Some ideas of mine: 1) If White tries to activate his rook with 44.b5 (instead of c5), he´ll lost since 44...ab 45.cb cb 46.♖:b5 ♖d2 treatening 47...♖:e2 and 47...♘d4. 2)What about 45.h3? White tries to keep position closed. Thx in advance for answers.
Jun-30-07  Karpova: <2)What about 45.h3? White tries to keep position closed.> Black would still have a dominating position and could play 45...Nd4 perhaps. After 46.Nxd4 exd4 the black king threatens to invade the white kingside via e6-e5-f4-g3 Just a thought
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  keypusher: Robert Sherwood/Rybka in Dale Brandreth's edition of the tournament book said that Salwe should have been able to hold with 46. Kxg3 rather than 46. hxg3:

<46....Ke7 47. Kg4 Kf7 48. Kg3 Nd4 49. Nxd4 exd4 50. h4 gxh4+ 51. Kxh4 Rxf3 52. Kg4 Rc3 (or 52....Re3 53. Kf3 d3 54. Rd2, and Black cannot make progress; the same seems to be true after 52....Rd3! 53. Kf5 Rd1 54. e5 Rf1+ 55. Ke4 Re1+ 56. Kxd4 fxe5+) 53. Kf5 d3 54. Rd2 Rb3 55. Rh2 Rxb4 56. Rh7+ and White drives the black King to a7, then plays Rd8, Kxf6, and e5, or simply keeps checking. Finally, if 56....Kg8, 57. Rd7 holds the balance.>

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  Pawn and Two: An interesting try for Black is 44...g4. If 44...g4 45.fxg4 Ng5 46.h3 Nxe4+ 47.Ke1 Ra3 48.Kd1 Re3, and Black has good winning chances. A better defensive try for White may be 44...g4 45.Nc1. The position is very complicated and additional analysis is needed to determine if Black can win, or if White can draw after 44...g4.
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  Pawn and Two: <Raskolnikov: What about 45.h3? White tries to keep the position closed.>

Additional analysis is needed, but 45.h3 may give White drawing chances. The move looks suspect as it puts White in a very passive defensive position.

<Karpova's> suggestion of 45.h3 Nd4 looks promising for Black. If then 46.Nxd4 exd4 47.Ke2 Re3+ 48.Kd1 Rc3!, and Black is winning: 49.f4 Ke6 50.Rf2 Rg3 51.Kd2 gxf4 52.Rxf4 Rxg2+ 53.Kd3 Rg3+ 54.Kxd4 Rxh3.

A better try for White, after 45.h3 Nd4 is: (-.77) (27 ply) 46.Ke1 Nxf3+ 47.gxf3 Rxf3 48.Ng1 Re3+ 49.Re2 Rb3. Black can win the b-pawn, but White has drawing chances.

Feb-28-14  MarkFinan:

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Position after 30 lolling moves and still every single pawn still on the board!? Never seen that before. Apart from that, white makes some really confusing knight moves early in the game, but black doesn't really punish those inaccurate moves, and even though it's all fairly equal throughout the game with black having a tiny edge that rarely tips the eval to +1.00 in Blacks favour, it's here (diagram below) that ruins the game for white, and I guess that blacks pressure over what must have been quite a long game, paid off..

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45.g3? ..hxg 46.hxg? when he should have taken with the king instead. Apart from that I bet Mr Salwe wasn't *too* unhappy with his play during this game given who his opponent was. 😃

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