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Akiba Rubinstein vs Ernst Gruenfeld
Moscow (1925), Moscow URS, rd 8, Nov-19
English Opening: General (A10)  ·  1-0



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  nasmichael: I played through this game yesterday from <<Akiba Rubinstein: The Later Years>> by IM John Donaldson and IM Nikolay Minev. What a beautiful way to end the game--Gruenfeld (sorry, no umlaut in this mode) tried to close off the terrain and keep it closed. The tossing away of tempi by the rook moves in the later half of the game allowed Our Akiba to reposition his pieces and pry open the pearl from the shell.
Jan-06-11  johnallengay: The lesson from this game: drawing by repetition requires the participation of both players, no matter how hard one of them tries.
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  Breunor: According to Stockfish 55Rf8 is even.
Aug-24-20  Granny O Doul: I wondered how Stockfish proposed to save Black's game after 55...Rf8 56. Qf2, but I suppose it's by ...Rxf6 57. Qxf6 Qxf6 58. gf d5 59. exd5 g5 60. Kc2 g4 61. Kd3 g3 62. Ke3 e4, or something to that effect.
Aug-24-20  Granny O Doul: If White tries 63. b4 at the end there, then it's ...axb4 64. d6 cxd6 65. a5 b3 66. axb6 g2 67. Kf2 b2 68. b7 g1=Q+ (a familiar motif in this sort of pawn ending). So it appears to me. White can try these breaks in a different order, but it looks like Black always promotes first with check.
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  Breunor: Granny O Doul,

Here is the Stockfish analysis:

1) =0.00 (36 ply) 56.Qf2 Rxf6 57.Qxf6 Qxf6 58.gxf6 g5 59.Kc2 g4 60.Kd2 d5 61.exd5 g3 62.Ke2 e4 63.f7+ Kf8 64.Ke3 Ke7 65.Ke2 Kf8

2) =0.00 (35 ply) 56.Rxf8+ Qxf8 57.Qh3 Qf4 58.Qg2 Kf8 59.Qc2 Qxg5 60.Qxc7 Qg1+ 61.Ka2 Qf2+ 62.Kb1 Qg1+

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