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Alexander Alekhine vs Akiba Rubinstein
Baden-Baden (1925), Baden-Baden GER, rd 19, May-11
Queen's Gambit Declined: General (D30)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  offramp: Rubinstein tries the same unusual 3...a6 defence that he had lost with in Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1921. But Alekhine plays differently.
Jun-12-09  Bridgeburner: Also un-Alekhine-like was his failure to grasp the nettle with <12.Bxf5 Bxf5 13.Qxb7>. It's not a poison pawn variation, and White looks to have reasonable prospects of winning even if he has to give up on castling.

Maybe he was just looking for a quiet session.

But then Rubinstein looked to be avoiding sharp variations as well (eg: <23...Nf5> instead of <23...Rfd8>), so maybe they both wanted a quiet time.

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  whiteshark: <Maybe he was just looking for a quiet session.> There is much to be said for it. This was the third from last round and Alekhine had a 2 point lead towards the runner-up Rubinstein.

Furthermore Alekhine made two short draws in the final 2 rounds: Tartakower vs Alekhine, 1925 (20 moves) Alekhine vs Gruenfeld, 1925 (12 moves).

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