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Efim Bogoljubov vs Akiba Rubinstein
Berlin (1926), Berlin GER, rd 9, Nov-26
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  keypusher: Wow, what a battle! Kasparov discusses Rubinstein's Steinitzian set-up in his annotations to Karpov's famous strangulation victory over Unzicker in OMGP V.

Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974

Apr-08-12  Karpova: This game score is also given on page 211 of J. Donaldson and N. Minev 'The Life and Games of Akiva Rubinstein - Volume 2: The Later Years', 2nd edition, Milford, USA, 2011.

Alternate score was given by E. Woehl in 'Funkschach' (January 1927, p. 4): 42.Qg2 Qf7 43.Kc2 Qe7 44.Kb3 Qf7 45.f3 Qe7 46.Qg3 Qf7 47.Ng2 Qe7 48.Bc6 Rc7 49.Nh4 Qf7 50.Qh2 Bg7 51.Ng2 g5 52.Ne3 Ra7 53.Qh7+ Kf8 54.Nf1 Ra1 55.Ng3 Rxh1 56.Qxh1 Kg8 57.Qa1 Qc7 58.Qa8 Kf7 59.Ka4 Bf8 60.Qa5 Qxa5+ 61.Kxa5 Be7 62.Ne2 Bd8+ 63.Kb5 Ke7 64.Nc1 Bc7 65.Nb3 Bb8 66.Kb6 Kd8 67.Nxc5 dxc5 68.Kxc5 b3 69.Kb4 Ba7 70.Kxb3 Bd4 71.Ka3 Ba6 72.b3 Bxc4 73.bxc4 Kc7 74. Kb4 Kb6

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  plang: Rubinstein's ambitious plan with 23..Rh8 was working until 36..Re7?!; better was 36..Nxe2 37 Kxe2..Ra2 38 Rb1..Qh7 with some advantage for Black. Instead he had to defend carefully for a draw.
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