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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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Sep-24-03  Diggitydawg: I see that this game took place in 1929, long after Rubinstein's year in 1912, when he won five tournaments. I feel badly that Rubinstein, one of the greatest endgame players of all time, had fallen so far. The onset of his pathological shyness and lack of confidence just gradually eroded his game. When people accuse chess champions of arrogance, they forget that chess demands a strong ego.

Is 32..e5 a poor plan on Rubinstein's part (viewing to exchange)? The presence of two rooks on the 7th plus the advance to e5 allows white's light square bishop to come into play and black's king is sitting on a light square. Black's advantages are his passed pawn (which is also an extra pawn more than white). The problem is that the queening square for the pawn is on a light square and white still has the light square bishop. Given this position, what should Rubinstein have done instead?

Maybe 32..Ra8 would be better? With an idea to bringing the black rook to a2 and then allowing it to threaten white's king and pawns, while looking for an opportune time to advance the passed pawn. Please let me know what you guys (and gals) think.

Sep-24-03  ughaibu: In 1931 just before retiring Rubinstein won the highest score prize at Hamburg olympiad so he didn't always play like this. I think O'Kelly played some games with him in the 50s and said that he still had the ability when he could concentrate.
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  Benzol: Rubinstein finished 4th in a field of 22 and this was his only loss in the event.

He played in three big tournaments one after another. First Karlsbad ( July 31-August 26 ), then Budapest ( August 31-September 17 ) and then Rogaska Slatina ( September 18-October 7 ).

Rubinstein's overall result had three losses in 49 games. He scored 34 1/2 - 14 1/2 in a 69 day span, approximately 70 % against good opposition. Not bad for a 46 year old man. His next event was in January 1930 - San Remo where he finished 3rd.

Sep-24-03  Diggitydawg: <ughaibu, Benzol> Thank you for setting me straight on Rubenstein's strength in his later years. You guys really know your chess!
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  Benzol: <Diggitydawg> Thanks for the compliment. If only my playing skill matched my historical knowledge.
Apr-25-05  aw1988: Rubinstein certainly was on the decline, which is a big shame, because yes he could defeat opponents, he was still extremely strong, but he could no longer compete with Capablanca Lasker Alekhine etc.
Apr-25-05  Milo: It seemed that white wa playing for the draw (Qc7, Bxf6) but stumbled on a win. On the other hand, his exchanges may have been part of ome diabolical plan I don't comprehend...
Apr-25-05  xenophon: i've always thought that Rubenstein should have been world champion. Another thought;how did he survive the nazis?
Apr-25-05  Karpova: <how did he survive the nazis?>

he was hidden by friends in belgium.

Apr-25-05  xenophon: it's odd that Rubinstein is out played in an ending;it was said that going into an equal ending with him was tantamount to a defeat
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  Gypsy: <  xenophon> Looks to me that there was no saving the endgame; Rubinstein never got a fair endgame chance in this game. Very nice game by Gilg!

Rubinstein's endgame concepts were extraordinarily clean and deep. But he was not immune from letting in an occasional bad move. For instance, in Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1911 he almost let out his most famous win. Or in Rubinstein vs Duras, 1912 he would not consent to a draw in a slightly better position, and lost.

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  kevin86: For those outside of the USA and not knowledgeable of the National Park system,the pun would "cave in".

Where did Rubinstein err? It looks like he had the ad,but his game crumbled and he went down to defeat. Did he not see 39♗a2 stopping the pawn?

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  Gypsy: <kevin86> IMKO, Rubinstein never equalized -- Karl Gilg held an edge throughout. From the opening, White dominated the open lines in the center. This transformed into a middle game, where the extra black pawn was an inadequate compensation for the white pigs on 7th. With the oposite collor bishops and no other minor pieces, it was just a matter of time before White collected a pawn or two while keeping better piece play as an interrest on his investment. Finally, Gilg smoothly converted his advantage in the endgame.

All in all, a textbook play by Gilg throughout.

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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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