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Akiba Rubinstein vs Rudolf Spielmann
Ostend-B (1907), Ostend BEL, rd 9, May-27
Dutch Defense: Rubinstein Variation (A84)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-23-03  ughaibu: These positional players are intriguing. On move 20 Rubinstein sacrifices the exchange for Spielmann's bad bishop.
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  tamar: It's funny. These guys were playing in the "B" tournament.

Rubinstein chose 30 Bf1 but the downside was he never completely quashed Black's Kingside attack.

Instead 30 Qd5 leads to a forcing variation where White has bishop and knight versus rook and winning chances.

if 30...Rf8 31 Bxe5+ dxe5 32 Qxe5+ Qf6 33 Qxf6+ Rxf6 34 Rg1 Rf2 35 Rg2 Rxg2 36 Kxg2 Re3 37 h4 with good winning chances 1.36/20 Rybka

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Dec-10-08  Anyi: Hi tamar! If you are interested in Rubinstein games, you might be interested in two newly-found ones, also from 1907, have a look at my website ( or look them up here at (I have recently added them). Have fun playing through them!
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  dorsnikov: Hi ANYI, just went over your website on Rubinstein. Absolutely fascinating. I loved it. you're to be commended for the amount of research you put into it.
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  tamar: Quite an impressive site <Anyi>

I am thankful you found those two extra games.

The year 1907 is fascinating to me because Rubinstein was not widely known, playing here in the "B" section, but improving so rapidly you can see him attempting some of the characteristic and amazing grand conceptions he became famous for.

As <ughaibu> notes, he sacs the exchange for a blocked bishop, then backpedals to set up a thorny defense of pieces against Black's Kside attack.

It should be noted that Spielmann was in the exact same stage of development as a player, and this was a fitting start for their rivalry.

Dec-10-08  Karpova: These are the two games:

Salwe vs Rubinstein, 1907
Rubinstein vs Salwe, 1907

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  tamar: 30 Qd5 as noted earlier would have led to a knight and bishop versus rook ending.

<if 30...Rf8 31 Bxe5+ dxe5 32 Qxe5+ Qf6 33 Qxf6+ Rxf6 34 Rg1 Rf2 35 Rg2 Rxg2 36 Kxg2 Re3 37 h4 with good winning chances 1.36/20 Rybka>

This is even better for White than I thought, for White can improve on 37 h4 with 37 Bf1 forcing Black to go after the b pawn, but making the e pawn very strong.

After 37 Bf1 Re1 (otherwise the rook is trapped by 38 Kf2) 38 Kf2 Rc1 39 e5 Rc2+ 40 Kg3 Kg7 41 e6 Rxb2 42 Nd5 b5 43 e7 Kf7 44 Bxb5! and White wins the rook after queening and fork on c7

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Rubinstein let quite a few won games slip by like this, which prevented him from dominating the scene more.

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