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Karl Gilg vs Akiba Rubinstein
"Karl's Good" (game of the day Apr-24-2005)
Karlsbad (1929), Karlsbad CSR, rd 8, Aug-09
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: Rubinstein blundered with 36...b3?, giving up a pawn which proves to be decisive after White's 37. Bxf7+!

After 36...Bc3!= Black would've been OK.

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  Gypsy: <patzer2> Just curious to calibrate the <would been OK>. Consider 36...Bc3 37.Rxf7 Kh8 38.Bb3... Who is better and what are the winnig/drawing chances?
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  patzer2: <Gypsy> Fritz 8 gives 36... Bc3 37. Rxf7 Kh8 38. Bb3 Be1+ 39. Kg2 Bxh4 = (+0.22 @ 15 depth & 1282kN/s). Looks to be dead even. Also earlier 34...Bc3= levels out.
Apr-25-05  Everett: <kevin86> I am from the US, am somewhat familiar with the national park system, but do not understand the pun. Can you explain what you mean by "cave in?"
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  Gypsy: <patzer2> That sounds reasonable. My estimation in favor of White was a bit higher (about +.8), but I did not look into the tactics close enough to note the h-pawn departure (as 36...Bc3 37.Rxf7 Kh8 38.Bb3 Be1+ 39.Kh3(?) Rc8 lets in the unplesant threat of 40...Rc3+).

The reason I asked is this: I sense from earlier comments here that some perhaps believe -- probably because of the extra pawn (and because he is Rubinstein?) -- that Black gained the upper hand somewhere during the game. To my view, however, White never lost his opening edge. So, naturally, I was wondering ...

Apr-25-05  weary willy: <Everett: ... I am from the US ... but do not understand the pun. Can you explain what you mean by "cave in?"> It's simply a reference to Gilgy Park in Wyoming, which is riddled with impressive sandstone caves
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  Gypsy: <It's simply a reference to Gilgy Park in Wyoming...> Live and learn, I thought it was a reference to Carlsbad caverns...
Apr-25-05  Bishops r power: Karl, eating good food.
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  Gypsy: < A neo-Romantic (such as this author, for example) finds it difficult to accept that one may clothe the deepest-laid plans in form of Rubinstein's humble moves. But it is possible! His moves are always normal; one may term them "everyday" moves. One could imagine such moves being played by a man devoid of poetry and ideals, weary of the daily routine of life -- some Philistine --but never by a first-rate master! Close study, however, will show that these simlple, "everyday" moves are in fact uncommonly deep. > Aron Nimzowich, "Carlsbad International Chess Tournament, 1929".
Apr-25-05  chessboyhaha: I agree with Diggitydawg. Akiba was one of the best endgamers of the time!
Apr-25-05  thesonicvision: black seems slightly better
after 25...b4. he's got an extra
passed pawn and better pawn structure
in general. how does white
manage to win this?
Apr-26-05  Everett: Now I get it. This took place in Karlsbad, yet white here is "Karl's good" No need to know something as abstruse as Gilgy Park, though such an attempt to connect it to this game is impressive.
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  kevin86: I meant Carlsbad Caverns-a natural system of caves
Apr-26-05  Everett: <kevin86> That's interesting, but I don't think that has anything to do with this game or the pun.
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  kevin86: <Everett>Karl's Good;Carlsbad---that was the pun.
Apr-27-05  Everett: <kevin86> Very good! Thank you so very much! Don't know how I could get it without your help!

You might want to check my post 4 spots up.

You're posts regarding national parks just served to be confusing.

Thanks again! Great help!

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  kevin86: Ok,OK Park the parks.Mea culpa,I didn't know about the site of the tournament. I guess it was my head that was in the cave.
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  tpstar: <kevin86> We've got to fool the fools/And plan the plans/We must rule the rules/Got to stand the stands/We must fight the fight/And fall the falls/We must light the light/And call the calls - Pete Townsend, "Face the Face"
Apr-28-05  Everett: <tpstar> I played that song a month straight when I was a kid. Loved it.
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  Chessical: Gilg benefits from a Rubinstein blunder with <36...b3?>. Instead, <36...Bc3> is still a fight after 37.Bxf7+ Kf8 38.Bxg6 b3.
Jun-13-05  InspiredByMorphy: <Chessical> After 36. ...Bc3 37.Bxf7+ Kf8 38.Bxg6 b3 white has 39.e5 b2 40.Rd1 and coordinating together the rook and bishop stop black from queening.
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  Peligroso Patzer: Considering the position after 43. ♔e5, I wondered if 43. … ♖xh4 might have been a better attempt to save half-a-point. Despite the menacing position of White’s King, Rook and e6-pawn, Black can still ward off imminent mate threats (after 43. … ♖xh4). Unfortunately, after that move, White’s front e-pawn would become unstoppable, as the following variations show: 43...♖xh4 44.♔d6! (44.♔f6? ♖f4+ 45.♔xg6 ♖xe4 and White has only a small advantage) 44...♖xe4 (44...♔e8 45.♖g7 ♔f8 46.e7+ and White wins) 45.♖d8+ ♔g7 46.e7 .
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  Peligroso Patzer: The moves of this game are given without annotation in Akiba Rubinstein: The Later Years, by Donaldson and Minev (International Chess Enterprises, 1995). Despite their lack of detailed comment on this particular game, the authors in their introduction to the section on the Carlsbad 1929 tournament (pp. 182-184) offer some interesting comments that indicate this loss cannot be attributed to Rubinstein’s being simply past his prime by 1929. In particular, Donaldson and Minev call 1929 a “banner year for Rubinstein” during which he showed “tremendous endurance for a 46-year-old man”. They point out that he played in three major tournaments in a row (Carlsbad, July 31 - August 26; Budapest, August 31 - September 17; and Rogaška Slatina, September 18 – October 7) finishing fourth, second and first in these events, which involved playing 49 games in a span of 69 days. This game was one of only three losses by Rubinstein in those three tournaments, in which his overall score was 34.5 – 14.5.
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  whiteshark: Rubinstein took the risk by playing <34...Rb8?>. 34...Bf6= was safe.
Jan-20-15  ralfablanca: A very instructive game from today's player of the day (Jan 20, 2015). Gilg shows how to convert an advantage from one phase of the game to the next.
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