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Efim Bogoljubov vs Akiba Rubinstein
Hastings (1922), Hastings ENG, rd 2, Sep-11
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Symmetrical Variation (C49)  ·  0-1



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  keypusher: After this tournament Bogoljubov probably never wanted to play another king and pawn ending. But why didn't Rubinstein play 73....Kd3? It seems to queen a pawn at once, e.g. 74. Ke1 e2 75. Kf2 Kd2.
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  Honza Cervenka: <But why didn't Rubinstein play 73....Kd3?> Maybe the gamescore is wrong and Bogo played 73.Ke1 with continuation 73...Kd5 74.Kd1 Kc6 75.Ke2 etc. but still 73...Kd3 74.Kd1 Kxc3 would have won easily here and so I don't know. It could have been also a little joke or some kind of punishment of Bogo for playing hopeless ending from Rubinstein's part.
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  Benzol: Akiba Rubinstein : The Later Years has the gamescore near the end as

72.Ke1 Ke5 73.Kd1 Kd5 74.Ke1 Kc6 75.Ke2 Kb5 76.Kxe3 Kxa5 77.Kd2 Ka4 78.Kc2 Ka3 0-1

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  Honza Cervenka: <Benzol> I would say that your <72.Ke1 Ke5 73.Kd1 Kd5 74.Ke1 Kc6 75.Ke2> makes much better sense here. 72.Ke2 would be quite ridiculous and so it is undoubtedly typo.
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  Benzol: Thanks <Honza>. Have you notified the admins about the error?
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  Honza Cervenka: The gamescore was fixed already.
Aug-07-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Bogoljubov vs Rubinstein, 1922.
Your score: 185 (par = 157)


PS. Par boosted to 163!

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  woldsmandriffield: Bogoljubov's happy-go-luck approach (23 h4!?) pays off initially. For some reason, Rubinstein did't help himself to a pawn (27..Rxh4) but gave an important one away instead (30..b5?). Hard to see how White can possibly lose this position.

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But disaster struck on move 40:

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40 Rdb3? Rxf3+!

Mar-08-19  Boomie: <woldsmandriffield: Hard to see how White can possibly lose this position.>

I have a different opinion. White is down a pawn after Rxh4, has a busted pawn position with a weak backward pawn, and is playing against one of the all time best endgame players. I don't like his chances.

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  woldsmandriffield: >Boomie<

Great to debate the position with you! I still don't rate Black here though...

Rubinstein is currently 2 pawns down. The pin 32..a6 doesn't work as White sacrifices with 33 Reb3 and the Q-side pawns are too strong after 33..axb5 34 cxb5. Regaining a pawn with 32..Rxh4 allows White to play 33 a6 and its a clamp-down.

If Black tries to win the e6 pawn White spoils all the fun with 33 a6. If then 33..Bh5 34 Rbb3 and (guess what) the e6 pawn is taboo (due to Bd7+). Anytime the Black Rook leaves the b-file, White goes Bc6 and if 34..Rxh4 White goes Bc6 anyway.

I think Rubinstein just has a vanity position - every time Black tries something, he gets squashed! That's definitely telling us something.

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