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Richard Reti vs Akiba Rubinstein
Stockholm (1919), Stockholm SWE, rd 10
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Modern Transfer (C32)  ·  0-1



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Nov-21-02  ughaibu: Any views on this one. Amazing fighting game all the way through.
Nov-21-02  drukenknight: 4 Qf3 was recommended by Tartakower among others. I think they played it that way a lot in the old days. Nowadays most players play 3...e4, I guess to stop the Q and the N from coming out.

Tartakower recommended a different 4th move for black but I would think black should respond w/ ...Qh4+ and it gets tricky. Usually I would say not bring out the Q early but if black is going to take f pawn then he should expect to play as boldly as white since the game is now wide open.

If you notice in this game, blacks Q is the last piece to get out, sometime it can be a problem getting to a good square if you wait too long. not a problem here. It was not a problem because white simply swapped Bishops having run out of ideas.

What else have you seen in this? Some players like to bring out early 4 Bb5+ but that can be risky after 4...c6. In this game, white eventually had to swap the KB off which I think must have relieved some of the pressure, since white starts the game and has the advantage of tempo,

I would try to hold off as long as possible before I swap which usually results in black improving the position of a piece. LIke 9 a4; anything to prevent black from improving his position. After the B exchange, blacks Q now has a good square, I wonder where she would win up if white didnt trade the Bs?

on move 17 shouldnt it be Bxf6?

Jul-13-08  Bob726: 22.Rxf6!!!!!!!!!!! wins for white
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  whiteshark: Nice find <Bob726> !! White will win a piece after <22.Rxf6!!>

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e.g. <22...Rxe7 23.Rf3+! Kh6 24.Rxd3 Nxd5 25.Rxd5 >

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Jul-13-08  Calli: Nov-21-02 <Any views on this one.>

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Jul-13-08  ughaibu: Okay. . . .
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  Gypsy: If <60.Bxb2 Qxb2 61.Rf5...>, then a supposedly theoretic-draw position arises:

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  Fusilli: <Gypsy> I think you meant Rf4, not Rf5, but black would still be winning, according to GM Yermolinsky, who analyzes this endgame in an ICC video. It's part of the series "What every Russian schoolboy knows" (highly recommendable!) This one is mid-way through the fourth chapter on Rubinstein.

Yermolinsky doesn't go into move-by-move details in that case, but he says that g4 would be the only suitable square for the rook to try to block the passage of the black king in a position like your diagram, but the black queen will harass and restrict the white king until white has to move the rook. At that point, the rook will probably be safest retreating along the g-file, which will allow for the passage of the black king, leading to more or less something similar to the game.

I think that's why Reti didn't even try and retreated right away.

By the way, Yermo reminds us in the analysis that a theoretically drawn position is having a pawn on f2, the king within the g1-g2-h2-h1 square, and the rook on the third rank. That is a successful fortress.

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  beatgiant: <Fusilli>,<Gypsy> After <60. Bxb2 Qxb2 61. Rf4>, Nalimov tablebase claims it is mate in 34 starting with <61...Qc1>, but if it would be White's move in the diagram it would be a draw with <Rf2>.
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  tamar: Reti erred right after time control by playing 42 Rxa5+ when 42 Rg5 sets up a pleasing fortress with Rook on the fifth rank on the b and g files. Perhaps he played it quickly, as grabbing a pawn with check is hard to resist.

The line goes 42 Rg5 b6 43 Bf4 Nf1+ 44 Kg1 Qe1 (if 44...Qxf4 45 Rf5 wins back the piece) 45 Bd6+ Ka2 46 Bf4!

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when White actually has the advantage if Black does not take the perpetual Nd2 Nf1+

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  woldsmandriffield: Rubinstein's technique in Queen endings is sensationally good.

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In the final position 78 Rg2+ Kf1 79 Rg4 Qe2 80 Kh1 (80 Qg3 Qf2 mate!) 80..Qf2! and now White has to stop Qg2 mate:

a) 81 Rg7 Qf3+ 82 Kh2 Qf4+ 83 Kh1 Qe4+ 84 Kh2 Qe5+

b) 81 Rg8 Qf3+ 82 Kh2 Qf4+ 83 Kh1 Qe4+ 84 Kh2 Qe5+ 85 Kh1 Qd5+

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