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Akiba Rubinstein vs Fred Dewhirst Yates
Hastings (1922), Hastings ENG, rd 3, Sep-12
King's Gambit: Accepted. Schallop Defense (C34)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-08-02  ughaibu: Another great fighting game featuring Rubinstein.
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  offramp: I think Yates was making all the running. I have always been puizzled in that at lot of King's Gambit Accepted (C33) games white - I mean in the last 100 years - seems to give up a pawn AND go on the defensive. Like in Spassky vs Fischer, 1960 where Fischer has an early initiative. How can that be possible?
Jul-03-06  KingG: <offramp> The idea is that White should have the superior endgame due to his better pawn structure, so he just tries to survive the middlegame until then. I don't agree with this way of playing, but it is certainly possible(and sometimes necessary).

An extreme example of that is Short vs Piket, 1997, where White is willing to suffer an attack for the sake of his better structure.

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  offramp: I like the notes to this game.
Jul-16-06  psmith: 38. Kf2 Rh3 and White will settle for a perpetual after 39. Qe1 Rh1 40. Qe8+ Ka7 41. Qe3+.
Jul-04-10  igiene: Alekhine in Tournament Book writes in the comments to this game:"Diamond cut diamond throughout". What it did means?
Jun-22-12  Infohunter: <igiene> It is a reference to the extreme hardness of diamonds, as stones go. What Alekhine meant was that one very tough player landed telling blows on another very tough player repeatedly in the course of this game.
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  Octavia: 15...Qxg4! < A questionable move> not at all, says Wolfgang Heidenfeld in Gro├če Remispartien. It shows deep positional judgement!
May-03-16  Howard: Is that from the book Draw!

I don't know German. But Heidenfeld did write that book.

Dec-13-16  Retireborn: Yates' combination 21...Qxd1+, although a good practical chance, may not be truly sound.

Heidenfeld comments that 26...Rde8+? would be a mistake, as after 27.Kf1 "the white K would actively cooperate in the taming of the black pawns..."

Similarly Houdini prefers 25.Kf1! and considers that after 25.Bc3 g4! White has no advantage.

Houdini also criticizes 28...Rde8+ and 29...Rfe8, giving instead 28...f3 29.Qxf3 g2 as a probable draw; and suggests that White could have won with 30.Qe5! g2 31.d6, presumably because the black king becomes exposed to devastating checks.

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