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Richard Reti vs Akiba Rubinstein
Teplitz-Schönau (1922), Teplice-Sanov CSR, rd 2, Oct-03
Scandinavian Defense: Main Lines (B01)  ·  1-0



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May-21-05  paladin at large: What an interesting game - loaded with intricacies! Quite a bold attack by Reti, starting with 13. Qg3, then with 21. d5 leading to further exposure (decisive) of black's king, and 27. Rxc4+ winning two pieces for the rook. Very impressive play against the immortal Rubinstein.
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  Gypsy: <18.Ba3> Reti was quite happy with this move, giving it an ! mark. But Gruenfeld criticised it on the basis that 18.d5! was the best way to continue the attack.

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Indeed, White can not resolve his problems; eg., 18...Nd5 19.dxe6 Nxf5 20.exd7 Rxf7 21.Rxb7! Rd8 22.Rxc7... Boring 18...exf5 19.dxc6 Bxc6 20.Ne5 ... was probably the best, but hopeless.

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  Gypsy: <19...Kxf7!?> And here Gruenfeld believes that Rubinsten missed a path to a draw via 19...Kxf8 20.Ne5 Nxe5 21.dxe5 Ke7 (21...b5 22.g4 g6 23.gxf5 gxf5 24.g4 fails) 22.Rfc1 c6, where Black pawn mayority on the Q-wing should give him a 'practical equality'. But Nunn doubts that arguing in essence that after 23.Rb6(!) (blockading the b-pawn) Ke6 24.Rc5 ... Black has little active play and gaping holes on black squares.

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Holding such a position would be exceedingly difficult and probably impossible.

Feb-11-07  Vollmer: White's attack is irrisistable because all of the white pieces are involved . Quite instructional . Black strayed early on by failing to play c6 giving the Queen some 'reverse luft' . We now know that this type of Queen sortie is usually unsound , but in all fairness chess was still emerging from a period of frecious attacks beginning with a sortie of the type in the game text . See Kasparov-Anand Championship game for the latest example of the Center Counter being a sound defence even at the highest levels of play . Anand failed to convert his advantage to a win . However we cant fault the opening for not reaching equality and then advantage for Black as both were achieved . *Disclaimer - yes , I am a fan of 1.e4-d5 *
Dec-24-07  Fast Gun: Move 27 Rxc4+ is hardly a sacrifice in the true sense, it is more like a combination with the theme liquidation or simplifying the postion to make the material advantage count:
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  Honza Cervenka: It was also possible to play simply 18.Bd3 or 18.Be4 with simple idea 18...Rxf7 19.Bxh7+ etc.

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