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Akiba Rubinstein vs Geza Maroczy
"Maroczy Bound" (game of the day Jul-30-2020)
Gothenburg (1920), Gothenburg SWE, rd 12, Aug-18
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  1-0

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Jan-10-05
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  keypusher: I thought they were magical . . . Fritz points out that 31 Rd8 wins a piece immediately (31...Rf8 32 h5; 31...R7e7 32 Qc6). Sometimes I hate computers.
Jan-10-05  Everett: Well, what's better? Winning a piece or mate? Rubinstein's conception is still great.
Mar-28-05  Karpova: 14...ng6? (nc6 instead)
15...e5 was also a mistake

brilliant play by rubinstein.

Mar-28-05
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  Chessical: <Karpova> 14...Nc6, looks no more attractive than Maroczy's move after:

<14...Nc6> 15.Nxc6 (15.Bxf6 is also strong) bxc6 16.Ne4 Nxe4 17.Bxe7 Rxe7 18.Qxe4.

Mar-28-05  Karpova: <chessical> i agree with you but why playing nc6 at once? he could have developped. look at what the ng6 accomplishes during the game - absolutely nothing
Jul-04-05  WMD: <I thought they were magical . . . Fritz points out that 31 Rd8 wins a piece immediately (31...Rf8 32 h5; 31...R7e7 32 Qc6). >

Maroczy's 30...Kh8? exacerbating his back rank weakness is a real lemon.

Sep-25-05  Kriegspiel: <WMD: Maroczy's 30...Kh8? exacerbating his back rank weakness is a real lemon.>

What would you have recommended? Chernev analyzes (and rejects) 30...Rf7 and 30...Kf8.

Kriegspiel

Sep-25-05  Kriegspiel: <keypusher: I thought they were magical . . . Fritz points out that 31 Rd8 wins a piece immediately (31...Rf8 32 h5; 31...R7e7 32 Qc6).>

What does Fritz say about 31...Rc8 in response to 31.Rd8 ?

Kriegspiel

Sep-25-05  Assassinater: < What does Fritz say about 31...Rc8 in response to 31.Rd8 ?>

I don't have Fritz, but 32. Rxc8 Rxc8 33. Qd8+ is mate

Sep-25-05  Kriegspiel: <Assassinater: < What does Fritz say about 31...Rc8 in response to 31.Rd8 ?>

I don't have Fritz, but 32. Rxc8 Rxc8 33. Qd8+ is mate>

Who said anything about 32...Rxc8 ?

Kriegspiel

Nov-23-05  Assassinater: <Who said anything about 32...Rxc8 ?>

Um... Okay. What other move is there? The e Rook's hanging (and pinned no less!), and white's already up a rook...

Dec-13-05  ArturoRivera: 14.-...Nc6?? 15.-Nxc6 bxc6 16.-Bf3! and black's pawn structure is ruined, plus, how can black develop now his light square bishop?, the c6 pawn would become a target, and white has a bishop, a rook, and a queen atacking it, 14.-Nc6 sounds ilogical to me. You can not even make a simple develop now such as Bd7 beacause Bxf6 and black's bishop would be hanging. A bad move indeed

Mar-12-07
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  Octavia: last game in this great book: "Logical Chess, move by move" by Irving Chernev.
Jul-16-07  Karpova: <WMD: Maroczy's 30...Kh8? exacerbating his back rank weakness is a real lemon.>

30...Kf8 31.h5 Nh8 32.Rd8 Nf7 33.Rxe8+ Kxe8 34.Qe6+ Kf8 35.h6 30...Rf7 31.Qc6 Qb8 32.h5 Nh8 33.h6 Rc7 (33...gxh6? 34.Rxf6; 33....Ng6 34.hxg7) 34.Qxa6

<Karpova: <chessical> i agree with you but why playing nc6 at once? he could have developped. look at what the ng6 accomplishes during the game - absolutely nothing>

Yes, 14...Bd7 or 14...Rd8 would have been better than 14...Ng6?

<keypusher: I thought they were magical . . . Fritz points out that 31 Rd8 wins a piece immediately (31...Rf8 32 h5; 31...R7e7 32 Qc6). Sometimes I hate computers.>

It's true that 31.Rd8 would have won quicker but this doesn't take anything away from the beaty of the game. Rubinstein didn't blunder with 31.h5 and kept his winning advantage.

Jan-08-08
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  Octavia: why not 23 Nxe5 Nxe5 24 Bxe5 ?
Jun-07-08
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Compare this 33. ♕e6 with 24. ♕e6 in Botvinnik vs Kan, 1931
Oct-01-08  notyetagm: Just a *stupendous* game by Rubinstein.
Oct-04-08  notyetagm: Wow.
Nov-22-16
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  Peligroso Patzer: I recently read through the notes for this game in “Rubinstein: Move by Move”, by Zenon Franco, ©2015, Everyman Chess, at pp. 85-94.

In the position after 28. … Rc7?:


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... Rubinstein played 29. h4, which Franco annotates with “!”. Although the possibility is not mentioned by Franco, it seems to me (and Fritz agrees) that White can snatch a pawn here with 29.Bxe5! because after 29...f6 (if 29...Nxe5 30.Qxe5; or 29...Rce7 30.Bd4 Qc7 31.Qc6) 30.Qd5+ (or 30.Rd8 Rc8 31.Bxf6+–) 30...Rf7 31.Bg3, White escapes the pin with a pawn-plus and control of the d-file.

Rubinstein’s conclusion of the attack was brilliant in its overall impression, but after 29. h4, Maróczy could have defended better with 29. … Rce7, and after Rubinstein’s 30. Qd5+ (missing the strongest move, 30. Rd8!), Maróczy again failed to choose the best defense (30. … Kf8!), so, although somewhat prosaic, 29. Bxe5 seems to be objectively the best move after 28. … Rc7?.

Oct-10-17
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  BAJones: A truly beautiful finish of the highest order. However, Rubinstein had previously used his diversionary Bishop sacrifice in a game with Mieses in 1905.In both games, Bh4 had compelled his opponent's resignation.
Jul-29-20  SeanAzarin: Maroczy Bound
Jul-30-20  Brenin: As <BAJones> wrote, "A truly beautiful finish", or more concisely "Wow" <notyetagm>. To play a finish like that, you must first achieve a commanding position: here control of the d-file, pressure on the e-pawn, more actively placed Q, etc. Logical Chess, indeed.
Jul-30-20  Albion 1959: This game appears in Irving Chernev's book Logical Chess Move By Move (Faber 1958) Game 33 page 237. He gives 12 pages on this one particular game. Chernev makes no comment on black's 20th move Bd7 - Unless I have missed something, why can't black play Bxc3 instead? Also on move 28 Rc7? Chernev makes no comment on this move, nor does he suggest Qa8 as given byBoglojubow ! The game is without doubt one of Rubinstein's greatest achievements. A well constructed attack, that was not one of those rip-roaring attacks like Morphy or Marshall would have played, but more like quiet and patient aggression. One more thing, Chernev thought highly of this game, but did NOT include it in his 1977 book The Golden Dozen- Curious ?
Jul-30-20  Brenin: It was a hundred years ago today Akiba Rubinstein taught us how to play. He's been going in and out of style, but he's guaranteed to raise a smile.
Jul-30-20
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  Breunor: Albion,

Move 20

Stockfish thinks 20 Rb8 is best for black.

1) +1.22 (23 ply) 20...Rb8 21.a3 b5 22.Nxe5 Nxe5 23.Bxe5 Rxe5 24.axb4 Bb7 25.Bxb7 Qxb7 26.Ne2 Rbe8 27.Qc2 Qe7 28.Nf4 Qb7 29.Nd3 Rd5 30.Nc5 Qb6 31.Ra1 Red8 32.Rxd5 Nxd5 33.Nxa6

After Bd7 we have:

1) +2.21 (24 ply) 21.Ne4 Nxe4 22.Rxd7 Nxg3 23.hxg3 Re7 24.Rcd1 Rae8 25.Qf5 Qb8 26.Bxb7 Nf8 27.Rxe7 Rxe7 28.Bd5 Qc7 29.a3 Bc5 30.b4 Ba7 31.a4 Ng6 32.Be4 Nf8 33.Rc1 Bb8 34.b5 axb5 35.axb5 g6

Your Bxc3 is close to best:

1) +1.47 (23 ply) 21.Rxc3 Bg4 22.Bxg4 Nxg4 23.h3 Nf6 24.Qc2 Re6 25.Nd6 Qb6 26.Nc8 Qb4 27.Rc5 Re8 28.Rc7 Qf8 29.Nb6 Rad8 30.Rxd8 Rxd8 31.Rxb7 Nh5 32.Qc7 Rd1+ 33.Kh2 Nxg3 34.fxg3 Rd8 35.Nc4

Stockfish agrees with Bogoljubow on move 28:

1) +0.47 (24 ply) 28...Qa8 29.Qg4 Rc6 30.h4 Nf8 31.h5 h6 32.R6d5 Rce6 33.Rc5 Nh7 34.Qf5 Qa7 35.Rdc1 Qb8 36.Bh4 Nf6 37.Bxf6 Rxf6 38.Qc8 Qxc8 39.Rxc8 Re6 40.R8c7 Rd8 41.g4 a5

After Rc7, we have:

1) +1.55 (24 ply) 29.h4 Nf8 30.Bxe5 Rce7 31.Qd4 Qxd4 32.Bxd4 Re6 33.Bc5 Rxd6 34.Rxd6 Ra8 35.e4 Ne6 36.Be3 a5 37.Rb6 b4 38.Kh2 g6 39.Kg3 Kf8 40.Rb5 Ke7 41.Rb7+ Kf6 42.Rb6 h5

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