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Akiba Rubinstein vs Georg Salwe
Lodz (1907), Lodz RUE
Tarrasch Defense: Two Knights Variation (D32)  ·  1-0

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Jul-17-07  Karpova: After 18...Nxd4 Black gets rid of <his> weakness in a way as White gets an isolated queens pawn, too. But in fact, Rubinstein's pieces become much more active afterwards.

26....g6 27.Kg2 b4 28.Rb7 Qc3 29.g4

32...Qxf3+ 33.Kxf3 Kg8 34.Ra7 Rc8 35.Kg4 Kf8 36.f4 Ke8 37.Kf5

33.e6!! b3?! (<33...f6 appears to be slightly better but it's still toatlly lost: 33...f6 34.Qc6! (threatening 35.Re8 and checkmate following) 35...Qa8 36.Rb7 (no need to fear the "pin" 36...Re8 37.Qd7 Rg8>)

34.Qxf7! (<Beautiful! 34.Rxf7 was also winning 34...Rg8 35.Rf8 Qa7 36.Rxg8+ Kxg8 37.Qxb3>) 34...Qa8+ (<34...Rxf7 35.exf7 Qa8+ 36.Kg1 Kh7 37.Re8 b2 38.Rxa8 b1=Q+ 39.Kh2>)

Apr-13-15  A.T PhoneHome: 33.e6!! and 34.Qxf7! are beautiful indeed. Queen cannot be taken as that would simply allow queening in short order etc.

Black spends the rest of the game trying to fend off Rubinstein's masterful play, but to no avail. Brilliant stuff!

Thanks <Karpova>. You're shedding some light on this masterpiece!

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