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Akiba Rubinstein vs David Janowski
Ostend (1906), Ostend BEL, rd 4, Jun-08
Queen Pawn Game: Colle System (D04)  ·  0-1



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  Chessical: Rubinstein's postion seems to go downhill after the very sharp <17.a5>; perhaps he was trying to make too much out of rather too little from the opening. It does, however, show his confidence, and determination to win, in taking on the master tactician Janowsky.

Under pressure, Rubinstein commits a very bad error with <28.Nd6?> overlooking the loss of his R after Qh5+.

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  tamar: Rubinstein games always have something of interest, even when he loses. Here on a mission to rev up his Formula 1 horsepower, he loses to carefree Janowski who darts in with his nimbler Triumph Spitfire, zipping off with the stalled out Rook on d1.
Jan-11-07  Whitehat1963: Monday puzzle after 28. Nd6.
Nov-03-19  spingo: White played 13.Bg5.

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Lasker wrote <"More relevant is 13.Nb3, followed eventually by f3 and Be3. <The bishop is badly situated on g5 because Bxf6 is not a threat.>>


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Here White played the staid 14.Rac1.

A modern master would look at Black's uncastled king and try to make use of the bishop on g5.

Instead of 14.Rac1 he could play
14.Bxf6 gxf6

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Black's queen is threatened and he would probably opt for
And now

click for larger view White a colossal attacking position.

I do not think Lasker was wrong, though. The line I gave gives dynamic chances but no forced win. It is not the type of chess they played 114 years ago.

Nov-03-19  spingo: If anyone reads this, he or she may realize that I left out a move:
<Instead of 14.Rac1 he could play
14.Bxf6 gxf6

That should be
15.Bxe6! fxe6
and then

Nov-05-19  Retireborn: <spingo> Very interesting. My Houdini engine slightly prefers the immediate 14.Bxe6.
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  Pawn and Two: At move 13, Houdini 3 found very little evaluation difference between the moves 13.Nb3 and 13.Bg5: (.52) (30 ply) 13.Nb3 Be7 14.Bg5 0-0 15.Rac1 Nc6 16.Bh4 Qf4 17.Bg3 Qh6 18.Rc2 Bb7; and (.49) (30 ply) 13.Bg5 0-0 14.e5 Nfd5 15.Rac1 h6 16.Bd2 Nxc3 17.Bxc3 a5 18.Nb5 Qe7 19.Nd6 Bb7.
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  Pawn and Two: At move 13, the Stockfish analysis on this page shows: (.53) (36 ply) 13.e5 Nfd5 14.Nxd5 exd5 15.Bb3 Qe7 16.Qf3 0-0; (.46) (36 ply) 13.Bg5 0-0 14.Bh4 Rd8 15.Bg3 Qb7 16.Nf3 Rxd1+ 17.Rxd1 Qe7; (.41) (36 ply) 13.Nb3 Be7 14.Be5 h6 15.Bh4 Bb7 16.Rac1 0-0.

After the game continuation 13.Bg5, both programs indicate Black's best move as 13...0-0. After Janowski's move 13...Bb7, both programs indicate a good advantage for White with the move 14.a5!: Houdini (1.08) (27 ply) 14.a5! Bxd4 15.Rxd4 Nc6; (1.25) (28 ply) 16.Rd2 Nxa5 17.Ba2 Qc5 18.Bf4 Qh5 19.Qxh5 Nxh5 20.Bc7; & Stockfish (1.17) (36 ply) 14.a5! Bxd4 15.Rxd4 Nc6 16.Rd3.

Both programs clearly indicate White's best move after 13...Bb7 was 14.a5!, with Houdini showing White's 2nd choice, with advantage, as 14.Bxe6: (.95) (27 ply) 14.Bxe6 fxe6 15.Nxe6 Qf7 16.Nd5 Nfxd5 17.exd5 Qxf2+ 18.Qxf2 Bxf2+ 19.Kxf2; (.84) (29 ply) 19...Kd7 20.Kg1 Rhe8 21.Rd2 h6 22.Bh4 g5 23.Bf2 Nxd5.

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  Pawn and Two: After Black's 13...Bb7, Houdini 3 rated 14.Bxf6 as White's 3rd strongest response: (.63) (28 ply) 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Bxe6 fxe6 16.Nxe6 Qf7 17.Nd5 Rc8; (.52) (30 ply) 18.Ndf4 Rg8 19.Rd2 Nc6; (.57) (30 ply) 20.Rad1 Ne5 21.a5 bxa5 22.Nd8 Rxd8 23.Rxd8 Ke7 24.Rxg8 Qxg8.

Stockfish rated 14.Bxf6 as White's 2nd strongest response: (.69) (35) 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Bxe6 fxe6 16.Nxe6 Qf7 17.Nd5 Rc8 18.Ndf4 Nc6 19.Rac1 Rg8.

In the game, the position was nearly equal after: 14.Rac1 Rd8 15.Nb3 Rxd1+ 16.Rxd1 Bd6.

At move 17, Houdini indicates White could have retained a small advantage with either 17.Kh1 or 17.g3. After 17.a5, the game was nearly equal until White's error, 21.Qd2?. Houdini indicates White could have kept the game in balance with either 21.Bxf6, or 21.Nc5.

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