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Akiba Rubinstein vs Alexander Alekhine
Vienna (1922), Vienna AUT, rd 10, Nov-25
Gruenfeld Defense: Three Knights. Burille Variation (D94)  ·  1-0

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Feb-24-04  Whitehat1963: <drunkenknight> besides weakening the pawns around the king, what else does 15 ... Bxf3 accomplish?
Feb-24-04  drukenknight: Gee, ahhh, what do you think?
Feb-24-04  TheTurk: granted rubenstein is who he is but, i still think this is uncharacteristically poor play by alekhine.
Feb-25-04  Phoenix: I heard somewhere that Alekhine was actually not a particularly great player early in his career.
Feb-25-04  drukenknight: I agree w/ Turk that this seems like a very listless performance by Alek. HIs counterattack just isnt there.

Phoenix: It's true that Alek wasnt a great force early in his career, he was certainly a skilled master just not one of the greats. After WW I something happened.

Jun-12-04  Swindler: This is quite good play by Alekhine, even though he didn't win in the end. The pawn sacrifice on the twelft move give him good development and the bishop pair.

According to Kmoch the losing move was 21...Qg4. Instead he should have played the Queen to f5 and if the Queens are exchanged the draw is close at hand.

Feb-08-06  woodenbishop: Rubinstein doing what he does best... destroying world-class competition.
May-15-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Alekhine beat Rubinstein +8 -4 =2 http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches... but three of his losses were the first 3 games they played, in 1910, 1911 & 1912. This is Alekhine's last loss to the great Akiva.

Alekhine did much better than Lasker or Capablanca against Rubinstein but AR's form after 1912 was a bit up-and-down.

Jan-06-07  Brown: <offramp>

Alekhine's record vs Rubinstein has much to do with each other's primes.

Capa split their decisive games, whereas Lasker has the same winning ratio as Alekhine vs Rubinstein. Better, perhaps by number of wins, but not much better.

Oct-18-07
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  whiteshark: Aren't there good alternative moves for <12...b5>?


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Dec-03-07
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  chancho: This was the last game that Rubinstein would win against Alekhine. (he lost 5 of the next six meetings +0 -5 =1)
Dec-03-07  RookFile: Poor old Rubinstein was not the same player after world war I.
Jan-23-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: ALIGNMENTS! ALIGNMENTS! ALIGNMENTS! ALIGNMENTS!

Rubinstein vs Alekhine, 1922 23 f2-f3! Bb7xf3?? lines up with Black f7-king for pin Rc1-f1

Jan-23-11  cunctatorg: Alekhine was indeed a relatively weak player in the beginning of his career; that's why Rubinstein left him qualify to the second part of St. Petersburg 1914 Tournament...

I wonder who is believing that he can evaluate the players' relative strength by means of just a game in a 1922 Tournament ... which was -by the way- a post WW I Tournament... This is nothing compared to other arguments; I heard once that Alekhine won the 1927 WCC due i) to Capablanca's surprise (in a ... 34 games match!!...) in conjunction with ii) his poor opening preparation!!... Well I didn't know any game of that match won by Alekhine due to Opening Preparation...

Of course I believe that we can't "retro-predict" Capablanca's performance in a, say... 1930 WCC match against Alekhine! It is also true that Akiba Rubinstein was much stronger than Alexander Alekhine from 1909 to 1914 ... though the real question is his comparison with Emmanuel Lasker and Jose Raul Capablanca back then...

Jan-23-11  cunctatorg: And last but not least, in 1922 these greatest players had four encounters; one draw, that Rubinstein's victory and two Alekhine wins...

Anyway, you could judge by yourself the caliber of Alekhine's play (back then) by studying the famous 1921 Alekhine-Rubinstein game!...

Jan-23-11  aliejin: <Alekhine was indeed a relatively weak player in the beginning of his career;>

Strongly disagree
The first two tournaments he played Alekhine
were two big tournaments (Hambourg carlsbad 1910 and 1911)

Alekhine, rookie was very good.

Even more , in 1911 carlsbad Vidmar said that Alekhine had destination for world champion
( relatively weak player ? )

<that's why Rubinstein left him qualify to the second part of St. Petersburg 1914 >

and This is just stupid

Jan-31-12  optimal play: <whiteshark>< Aren't there good alternative moves for <12...b5>?> 12...Bd7 seems a simple-enough alternative, but Alekhine obviously had a plan. He signals 12...b5 with his novelty 11...a6 <Swindler>< This is quite good play by Alekhine, even though he didn't win in the end. The pawn sacrifice on the twelft move give him good development and the bishop pair.> So his mistake came later. <According to Kmoch the losing move was 21...Qg4. Instead he should have played the Queen to f5 and if the Queens are exchanged the draw is close at hand.> Or perhaps even 21...Bf3 blocking the f-pawn and keeping the f-file closed.
Mar-17-12  ephesians: Maybe 20....Rb8 and 21. Rb7 for black?
Oct-22-17  Count von Twothree: Alekhine undoubtedly saw that 15...Bxf3 leads to perpetual, e.g. 16.gxf3 e5 17.Qb3 Qg5+ 18.Kh1 Qh5 and ...Qf3+. However, his 15...Bd5 was playing with fire, which Rubinstein could have proved with 16.Ng5 Rf8 17.Qg4. In the game, somewhat stiffer resistance would have been offered by 17...Rd7. Later, Rubinstein's 20.Bxc5 was a significant mistake, because 21...Qf5, which both players undoubtedly saw, would have been dead equal. Alekhine's turning down his final chance to make a draw with the horrible 21...Qg4 was playing with fire once too often and he justly got his fingers burned. Instead of all of this, 20.dxc5 was the way to go for White, e.g. 20...Bc6 21.Bb2 Qd5 23.f3 Rd8 23.Qc3 and White should win.
Nov-17-18  cunctatorg: @ aliejin

< ... and This is just stupid>

Well, I am afraid you aren't pretty good to realize some (quite clear...; lol) irony!

Nov-17-18  JimNorCal: Back in 1911, AA was behind Rubinstein and by 1927 AA was crushing him.

Was this R victory an isolated event or was he still the stronger player in '22?

Nov-17-18
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  keypusher: < JimNorCal: Back in 1911, AA was behind Rubinstein and by 1927 AA was crushing him. Was this R victory an isolated event or was he still the stronger player in '22?>

The latter, I think. Rubinstein won their first three meetings and this was his only win after that.

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

1922 was a good year for Rubinstein, probably his best after the war, but he still finished behind Alekhine at Hastings and London and lost twice to him.

Nov-17-18  JimNorCal: Thus the former. AA was stronger by '22 but GM Rubinstein managed to pull off a win on this one occasion. Thanks, your assessment is persuasive.
Mar-05-21  thelegendisback: Alek was probably drunk when he played Bxf3.
Mar-06-21  Viking707: Akiba allegedly was at the height of his chess wizardry just before WWI, and that would have been tested by a world championship match planned against Lasker. Unfortunately, the war and/or the inability to raise money for the match caused its cancellation. By 1922, Akiba was still formidable as this game against the up and coming Alekhine proved, but probably his best chess was behind him.
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