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Alexander Flamberg vs Akiba Rubinstein
Lodz (1906), Lodz RUE, rd 4, May-??
Spanish Game: Closed. Averbakh Variation (C87)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Flamberg, who must have been quite a good chessplayer (he won two games vs. Rubinstein), probably had no idea why his game slowly slid down the drain. After 14...0-0, White's d-pawn is surprisingly vulnerable to Bishop and Rooks, so I can't blame him for taking the sacrificed e-pawn. However, Black's huge lead in development and White's back rank weakness were too much to bear.

I like 20...Ba6, threatening an obvious discovered check, but one that can't be stopped. For example, 21.Rf4,b4+; 22.c4,bxa3. Also nice is 22...b3, deferring recapture of the pawn in favor keeping White's Ra1 out of play. 25.Rxa4 runs into 25...Bxc3. Finally the "active" White Rook turns out to be stick in open field in the middle of a crossfire. Overall, not a terrible example of one side of Rubinstein's style, the "glacier:" a slow but inexorable endgame grind.

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  Chessical: Rather than <29. Ke2> playing the Rook to e1 seems better. For instance <30...Rd1> has no sting.

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