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Fred Dewhirst Yates vs Akiba Rubinstein
Dresden (1926), Dresden GER, rd 1, Apr-04
Alekhine Defense: Normal Variation (B02)  ·  0-1



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Jul-22-07  Karpova: Rubinstein knew how to make use of his pawns!

In the final position Black threatens Qd4+
43.c3 Rhh3 would be nice

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  whiteshark: Worthwhile this is one out of two games where Rubinstein played the Alekhine Defence.

The other one is Yates vs Rubinstein, 1926

Mar-31-08  euripides: <whiteshark> thanks for pointing this interesting pair out.

Rubinstein's relation to 'hypermodernism' in general is quite tricky. He was sometimes considered a 'classical' player in contrast to the hypermoderns, but this is too simple.

When Nimzowitsch played his famous game in the e5 French against Salwe, where he opens up the black squares and then blockades them with his pieces, Rubinstein was playing rather similar games against the QGD Tarrasch.

The current game, in addition to 1...Nf6, shows another 'hypermodern' feature of Rubinstein's play; his dexterity with the fianchettoed bishop - also seen in his variations against the Tarrasch QGD and his Queen's Pawn variation, and also (if my memory is right) in his classical gainst Rotlewi.

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  whiteshark: <euripides>

1) Indeed, very interesting thoughts regarding Rubinstein's line vs QGD Tarrasch. Nimzowitsch's "My system" is having a small chapter regarding 'hanging pawns' where he is referring to Rubinstein vs Nimzowitsch, 1907 .

Did Rubinstein created above mentioned line only after this defeat ??

2) It looks to me as if Rubinstein didn't have any self-promotioning skills (in contrast to Nimzowitsch). It's such a shame for us chess lovers!

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  plang: 3 Bc4 doesn't seem to offer much. 8 c3..Bxd6 9 d4 seems like White's best try. When White continues to make no attempt to play c3 and d4 Black quickly gets the better game. 16 d4?..cxd 17 Nxd4..Nxd4 18 Rxd4..Nf4! would have won material for Black. White's attempt at a kingside attack was illogical and, predictably backfired disastrously.

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