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Akiba Rubinstein vs Friedrich Saemisch
Moscow (1925), Moscow URS, rd 2, Nov-11
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Reshevsky Variation (E46)  ·  1-0



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Jul-01-10  PizzatheHut: I haven't looked at this game too closely, but I can't help but feel that Samisch came out of the opening with a better game but got outplayed in the middlegame. Of course, 24. Re7?? didn't help matters.
Jul-01-10  PizzatheHut: Also, what do y'all think about white posting a knight on f4 in this variation? It seems to be tough to do much with it. Would a better move have been 7. Ng3 playing for an e4 push?
Jul-01-10  ounos: Heh. Without having looked at your comments, when I saw 7. Nf4, I thought to myself "well played!".

You liked black's position after the opening? Strange, because it was strategically lost very early, 14. ...Bxf4 looking very suspect.

21. f5, that's a critical moment. Does white have time for this? Because black has time to play 23. ...a4, to at least try to mud the waters. I don't see white having to rush 21. f5, since black can't really play g6 - the black squares would be left too weak.

One can be said for sure. After 24. a4, it's all over but the shouting, 24. ...Re7 doesn't make any difference.

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A brilliant creation by Akiba - a position to remember. Note how many moves black has to spend if he is ever going to try to move his bishop out of the prison erected by a4/b5 and g4/f5: b6, Bc8, Bb7. Can he spend all these 3 moves while white's attack with the bishop pair and the kingside pawns is eminent? I don't think so!

Jul-01-10  PizzatheHut: <ounos> Interesting analysis, thank you for the post. I'm trying to understand 7. Nf4 and am not really getting it. From f4, what does the knight do? It appears to hit hard on the protected d5 pawn and seems to be a target of attack. What's the idea behind it?
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  Mateo: It seems it was the first time that 5.Ne2 was played. Chessgames calls it the Reshevsky variation. Some other people call it the Rubinstein System.

24...Re7?? was an awful blunder.

23...Qg3+ does not win a pawn. 24.Rg2 Qxh3? 25.Bf4!, the threat Rh2 wins for White. But 23...Bxb5! is a draw. 24.Bxb5 Qg3+ 25.Kf1 (25.Rg2? Re1+, that's the point)Qxh3+ leads to perpetual check.

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