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Akiba Rubinstein vs Davide Marotti
London (1922), London ENG, rd 7, Aug-08
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0



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Mar-26-05  Whitehat1963: Excellent ending combination in a game that features the Opening of the Day. Marotti must have been a decent player to have played both Rubinstein and sitting champion Capablanca, but he wasn't too lucky in this opening, losing quickly to both.
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  keypusher: Poor Marotti scored +1=1-13 at the London 1922 tournament (I have the book).

I looked at this game briefly with Fritz once. Rubinstein gained a big advantage in the opening, then lost most of it (as I recall 20 Bxe8 won easily). But Marotti later went astray and Rubinstein, in the annotator's words, demonstrated his superior powers of combination.

Mar-26-05  Whitehat1963: Thanks for the details, <keypusher>. I saw from his bio that Marotti was the Italian champion. I wonder if he ever again played such high-level competition.
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  keypusher: I don't think so, <Whitehat>. For another example of an Italian champion getting drubbed in an English supertournament, check out Beniamino Vergani at Hastings 1895. He did, however, beat Schlecter.
Mar-26-05  Whitehat1963: Thanks again, <keypusher>.
Jan-01-07  ivanov90: Rubinstein's combination is not clear, because if black had played 30...Bf6! (instead 30...Bh6??) combination coundn't be workable. Also Rubimstein could win on 20th move - 20.Rxe5! (instead 20. f4)
Jan-23-11  swr: Amazing, what you can find, going through the Opening Explorer!

1. d4 Nf6
2. c4 g6
3. Nc3 Bg7
4. e4 d6
5. f3 O-O
6. Be3 c5
7. Nge2 Nc6
8. Qd2 cxd4
9. Nxd4 Nxd4
10. Bxd4 Bd7

And we have the game's position after 10 moves, but arrived at through a Samisch Gambit (KID) Declined!

Jan-24-11  sevenseaman: Marotti gets himself into the coils of a boa constrictor!
Jun-13-13  phil6875: <ivanov90> was correct. If Marotti had played 30...Bf6 the position was =. And yes, Rubinstein missed the very strong 20. Rxe5 which leaves White in a very advantageous position.
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  keypusher: <I looked at this game briefly with Fritz once. Rubinstein gained a big advantage in the opening, then lost most of it (as I recall 20 Bxe8 won easily)>

Actually 20.Bxe8 is a terrible move. After 20....Qxe8 21.cxd6 Qh5 Black has a very strong attack. But as several posters have pointed out, 20.Rxe5 wins pretty easily.

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