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Akiba Rubinstein vs Boris Maliutin
4th All Russian Tournament (1906), St. Petersburg RUE, Jan-??
Semi-Slav Defense: Chigorin Defense (D46)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Gypsy: The result of this game actually was <a draw by an agreement> -- after an appeal. Both players played under a protest against the playing conditions.

Donaldson and Minev (Akiba Rubinstein: Uncrowned King) explain the situation thus : Benjamin Markovich Blumenfeld was already finished with his playing schedule and was in the tournament's second place, 1.5 points ahead of Rubinstein. In turn, Rubinstein had two games to settle -- this one (adjourned) and E Talvik vs Rubinstein, 1905. But, during the adjournement of this game, Blumental and his friends were making such a noisy racket in playing hall, that both, Maliuting and Rubinstein, appealed to the TD but to no avail. As the racked continued on, both players resumed play only under protest.

Rubinstein missed a forced win on move 45 and completely collapsed afterwards, to the point of resigning on the move 56 and immediately pressing on his standing protest to the tournament committee. The following day the committee decided that the adjourned position should be replayed (and made Blumenfeld to promise better behaviour). The replay however would have have been a practically certain win for Rubinstein as Blumenfeld (!) has already showed the winning procedure to all including Rubinstein. Still, Maliutin sportingly agreed to the replay, but Rubinstein offered a draw that Maliutin accepted.

White <45.Bf5?> lets out a forced win; the winning move due to Blumenfeld was 45.Bh7!

The final tournament standings were 1.Salwe, 2-3.Blumental and Rubinstein, ... 12.Talvik, 13.Maliutin,...

Rubinstein had no losses in the tournament and won his game against Blumenfeld -- Rubinstein vs B Blumenfeld, 1906.

Nov-25-07  Red October: wow fine man Rubenstein .. great honour
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  Richard Taylor: Rubinstein - a man of kindness and decency. A great player also.
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  wordfunph: hats off to Rubinstein..

Gypsy, thanks.

Feb-27-20  MordimerChess: Great story of FAIR PLAY in Chess. Rubinstein and Maliutin decisions are really impressive. Maliutin could just get the point but he agreed to play. Then Rubinstein also could get a points but offered a draw. Great spirit!

I followed Maliutin career, he played in many tournaments. He was decent player but without any great successes. After this tournament he attended some haupturniers in Germany - probably talked with Rubinstein/Salwe and they could share that idea with him.

Also he was one of the organizeres of the Legendary 1914 Sankt Petersburg tournament. Then suddenly he died aged 36, in the year 1920. Quite strange, I haven't found any information how that happened.

I created the video about the story and this game:


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  beatgiant: <MordimerChess> has a bio here which says he died of typhus. It's not very strange, considering conditions in Russia at that time.
Feb-28-20  MordimerChess: <beatgiant> Thank you! Updated in the comment below. If you would like me to mention you by nick, let me know ;)

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