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Georg Rotlewi vs Akiba Rubinstein
"Rubinstein's Immortal" (game of the day Jan-06-2009)
Lodz (1907), Lodz RUE, rd 6, Dec-26
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  0-1



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Dec-03-16  hemy: This game was played in round 6 of Lodz tournament at December 26th 1907, Gregorian calendar (December 13th 1907 by Julian calendar). Source: Latvian newspaper in German language "D√ľna Zeitung" 1908.01.19, page 22.
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  offramp: <morfishine: <offramp> On your comment: <I don't understand the constant need to attach the word "Immortal" to a good chess game. What does it signify?> I don't either and I find it irritating and pointless. It all started with "The Immortal Game" Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851...>

I have found one game where the adjective might fit: J Thor vs E Scholl, 1966.

Apr-01-17  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: I don't understand the constant need to attach the word "Immortal" to a good chess game. What does it signify?

A W Fox vs C Curt, 1906 could just as easily be called "Immortal". It is still with us and is one year <older> than Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907.

So A W Fox vs C Curt, 1906 could be called <The Immortaller Game">.>

The infinity plus 1 game!

May-03-17  pureredwhiteblu: I found this beautiful game after watching this great video on Rubinstein.
Sep-21-17  thegoodanarchist: < offramp: <morfishine>, across the ether I shake your hand.

Your final sentence is perfect:

<There has to be a better adjective>.

That, mon ami, is superb.

And I'll suggest one:

"Rubinstein's Masterpiece".

Which is rubbish - but it IS a suggestion.>

However, Rubinstein's Rubbish has a ring to it...

Nov-17-17  Eduardo Bermudez: There are chessgames that last a day and are good. There are others that last a year and are better. There are those who endure many years, and they are very good. But those that last for more a century: those are the essentials
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  offramp: <Eduardo Bermudez: There are chessgames that last a day and are good. There are others that last a year and are better. There are those who endure many years, and they are very good. But those that last for more a century: those are the essentials>

I have applied to the South Dakota Congress of Elders to have these resounding words sculpted on to the other side of Mount Rushmore and they have said YEEEEES!!!

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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
Dec-26-18  HarryP: This game is always a pleasure. What fun!
Apr-03-19  Joseph Blackcape: Always an incredible game and one of my all time favourites. Long, long before there was the Internet, YouTube and videos like "Kasparov Sacrifices Everything!", a withdrawn Polish Jewish grandmaster has played THIS. When I was a little kid and just discovered chess I have first heard of Rubinstein as an endgame and particularly Rook endgame master. One of my very first chess books was in fact about him and even the subtitle said something about playing endings. Imagine my surprise when the first game in the book was this one. I replayed it again and again and could not understand how something like this could be seen and played over the board.

Last year for the first time I ran this game through an engine. Outside of the opening almost every single one of Akiba's moves is one of the engine's top 3 choices - usually the first. In fact the engine is also fine with almost all of Rotlewi's moves too. 10. Qe2 considered a blunder by both Tarrasch and Tartakower is apparently OK, keeping the game at about 0.03-0.05. Only the 19. e5, ignored by both of them is considered a really bad move that has the evaluation drop down from ~-0.7 to ~-3.1. The engine then claims Rotlewi makes the moves most prolonging the game except for 22. g3 which makes the evaluation drop even further by another 3+ points (which makes sense since it now completely opens the h1-a8 diagonal which was started by e5), but by then the game is already lost.

Jun-29-19  Kay Sadeeya: I couldn't stop going over and over the end of this game (which to me began at 19.e5). It's like watching someone walk through a field of a thousand land mines, but he doesn't flinch because he put the land mines there.
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  moronovich: Hi <Kay Sadeeya> !

Many years later Anand with the black pieces defeated Aronian (perhaps 7-9 years ago).It is a must see game.

Jun-29-19  john barleycorn: It is this game

Aronian vs Anand, 2013

where Anand commented "know your classics" meaning the Rubinstein game here

Jul-02-19  Kay Sadeeya: <moronovich> Thank You I will watch it.
Jun-08-20  paradoxicalenigma: Bishop Pair from hell it is!
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  Honza Cervenka: 21...Qh4 is winning in all lines but black could play also 21...Nxh2 22.Qh5 (of course, the Knight cannot be taken for mate) 22...Bxe4 23.Kxh2 Bxg2 24.Kxg2 Rd2+ and 25...Rxb2 with easily won game.
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  Messiah: Well done!
Aug-10-21  olinart: My grandparents used to talk about their relative who was a wonderful chessplayer but made a bad decision to stay in Europe when the rest of the family was bailing. Really a special pleasure to see such a brilliant game from him. Too bad that chess skills don't seem to be inheritable. Rxc3 and Rd2 were amazing.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Yes, have commented upon this game before, but after 3 glasses of Edelzwicker, it becomes easy to comment again. This time, to comment upon the quality of the annotations. At first, Schlechter and Tartakower evaluate the game objectively and find improvements that would have given White a satisfactory game. However, by the end they have become giddy fans of the game--just as I have.
Jan-22-22  Helloween: The greatest game in the history of chess.
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  fredthebear: Here's a list of the 100 best games of chess: Game Collection: 100 Best Chess Games of the 20th Century, RANKED
Jan-23-22  Retireborn: <fred> Thanks for drawing my attention to this list, which I hadn't seen before. I'm somewhat relieved that 93 of the games are already in my collection of annotated games!

One curiosity is that the Bisguier-Benko game isn't given in Benko's own book. Was Soltis too impressed, or did Benko simply forget it?

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  fredthebear: Bisguier vs Benko, 1963 is impressive for its sacrificial play. Some just cannot enjoy a chess game if the opponent makes a tactical mistake; it forever taints the game in some eyes. Perhaps Benko considered his queen sacrifice an easy find, or he did not consider being up a minor piece after the lengthy sequence of exchanges to be that significant. He might have exerted less effort than would be necessary in planning a slow, steady, strategic victory.

I'm certainly impressed, although probably not as much as GM Soltis (a New Yorker, where the game was played -- a hotbed of chess). He may have factored in the known opening theory at the time.

It's no easy task to compare various combinations! We are forever influenced by what we felt when we first saw the game.

Jan-24-22  Olavi: Well, Soltis got carried away. Nice, funny combination or rather forced series of moves, but too easy to merit a place in such a list.
Jan-17-23  N.O.F. NAJDORF: 26. Rf2 Rxh2+ 27. Kg1 Bxf2+ 28. Kf1 Bd3#

26. Rf2 Rxh2+ 27. Kg1 Bxf2+ 28. Qxf2 Rh1#

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