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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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  Domdaniel: There's a slight problem with the term 'masterpiece' -- it originally signified any piece of work produced by a journeyman or trainee craftsman as one of the requirements for Master Craftsman status. Or Master Craftsperson, for that matter. While it should be of pretty good quality, no transcendent brilliance is implied.

In time, things got hyperbolical, as they do. By the time we reach the 1960s, and Bob Dylan's "One day everything is going to be different, when I paint my masterpiece", hype is in the ascendant. Of course the Dylan song is itself a stab at masterpiece quality, if not immortality.

There's always 'brilliancy'.

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  moronovich: Hi´<Dom> !

"I came so far for beauty
I left so much behind
My patience and my family
My masterpiece unsigned
I thought I´d be rewarded
For such a lonely choice".

Leonard Cohen.I am shure you know it.
My favourite lyrics of his.One can see the contours of a man who one day may take refugee in a monastery.

Gufeld called his best game "My Mona Lisa".

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  Domdaniel: <moronovich> Of course, thanks for reminding me -- I really like that Cohen song as well, plus I enjoyed Gufeld's book 'The Quest for Mona Lisa'.

How could I have overlooked Lenny and Fast Eddie?

Nov-07-15  SuperPatzer77: <LevonKarapetyan> 22...Rxc3!!! (O divine), 23. Bxb7 Rxg3! - then White King is under the heavy attack - unable to escape from the threatening mates.

Take a look at Karpova's commentary so, White is NOT winning after 23. Bxb7.


Nov-21-15  anandrulez: I came to this game because Anand compares his win over Aronian from 2013 to this game in this Youtube link from Tata Steel press conference Nice ideas from Rubenstein in this game.
Jan-23-16  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I agree with Phony Benoni. I have long thought there is a strong similarity between the two games, on account of the power of the black bishop pair, although Fischer's dark-squared bishop never actually gets to take on d4 or go to e3 via h6.
Jan-24-16  DraganChase: Hi all. I have a limited knowledge about the game. Why didnt the queen take the white bishop in the end Qxf4?
Jan-24-16  DraganChase: I mean the bishop in e4 :/
Jan-24-16  DraganChase: Argh snap!

Rxh2! Mate

Jul-23-16  Toribio3: The power of two bishops was demonstrated by Akiva.
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 "Düna 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.

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  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.
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  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:
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  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.

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  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

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  Kay Sadeeya: <moronovich> Thank You I will watch it.
Jun-08-20  paradoxicalenigma: Bishop Pair from hell it is!
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