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Mikhail Chigorin vs Akiba Rubinstein
Lodz (1906), Lodz RUE, rd 5, May-??
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation Morozevich Line (C11)  ·  1-0



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Feb-15-04  ughaibu: This is headed as a match, in fact it was a tournament won by Rubinstein.
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  wwall: Perhaps better is 18...Rg8. If 19.Nxe6, then 19...Rxg5 20.Nxc7 Rb8 21.b4 Bb7.

Better may be 19...Re8, and if 20.Nxc6 e4. Not 19...exd4?? 20.Qxf8 mate.

21...Bc8 22.Rxe5 with mate threats.

After 25.Rxe5, White threatens 26.Re7 and 27.Qxg7 mate.

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  Gypsy: E R Lundin vs Smyslov, 1946
Mar-06-20  MordimerChess: Interesting is why Rubinstein play 15...f4 so early. Usually in 1906 he was improving position of every piece before he starts to attack. But this time it was completely unprepared.

Rubinstein should play his chess:
15...c5 16. Nf3 f6 17. Nh4 Rg8=
And white has to be very careful. If they play "natural"

18. Rad1 they can get into trobules after 18...f4 19. Ne4 Bb7 20.Nd2∓ with very comfortable position and pieces looking at g2 ;)

Maybe he felt so confident? But Chigorin showed him that he's still alive and dangerous! :)

This is my short video about that game where I also mention about Smyslov position.

Grab a tea and enjoy the game!

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  plang: Rubinstein's choice of 6..gxf was quite modern. 9..Nc6, however, looks suspect; usual is 9..Bd7. 10..0-0 was new; 10..Qb6 had been played previously. 15..f4?!, activating White's knight, looks illogical. After 16..f5? Black is lost.; Black would also have been in trouble after 16..c5 17 Ng5!..Bxg5 18 Qxg5 and if 18..cxd 19 Qf6+..Kg8 20 Re5..h6 21 Rh5 and wins.

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