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Fred Dewhirst Yates vs Akiba Rubinstein
Baden-Baden (1925), Baden-Baden GER, rd 17, May-08
Spanish Game: Closed. Bogoljubow Variation (C91)  ·  0-1



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Jul-20-07  Karpova: 15.Nd2? b4! (16.cxb4 Qxc2 17.bxa5 Qc5)

26...Kg7! and white overlooks that this simple move avoids Nxf6+ and black wins the exchange.

42...Qc6, 43...Qc2 and 44...Qc4 are not just quite funny but also very strong. After the exchange of Queens white is still lost but his position is even more hopeless:

42...Qc6 43.Qxc6 Rxc6 44.Bxc6 Rxc6 and white's Rh6 is horribly misplaced (the DSB doesn't help much) while black is up two pawns (especially the pawn on a4 is mean) with more active pieces and the bishops are of the same colour!

Feb-03-10  Alphastar: <Karpova>
There is nothing wrong with 15. Nd2. After 15. ..b4, white should however continue energetically with 16. Ne4!, for example: 16. ..Nxd5 17. Ng3 bxc3 18. bxc3! Nf6 (or 18. ..Nxc3 19. Bd2 Nb5 20. Rac1 when it is hard for black to parry all white's threats) 19. Bg5 with a strong initiative, analysis by GM Marin.
Feb-03-10  Boomie: Seems to me this is an example of what can happen to white when he fails to play a timely h3.
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  plang: At Hastings 1922 Rubinstein had played 14..Nc4 against Yates and won; 14..Qc7 was new. Both Kmoch and Selezniev were critical of 15 Nd2 though this is now considered a good move. The real culprit was 16 Nf1?; Whites best move (as mentioned by Alphastar above)16 Ne4 which was played by Beliavsky against Razuvaev in France in 1979.

Marin after 18..Nc4:
"Again Black has obtained a wonderful position. Whites structure is in ruins while his attacking chances are questionable.

These two games(this one plus the 1922 game featuring the same two opponents) and the improvements found many decades later illustrate not only the way certain aspects of chess understanding have changed through history, but also the difficulties faced by Black after giving up his light-squared bishop. Yates lost because he focused only on the kingside. Had he understood the notion of playing on two different wings better, the results might have been different."

27 h4? overlooked Blacks threat leading to further material loss.

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