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Akiba Rubinstein vs Wilhelm Cohn
Ostend-B (1907), Ostend BEL, rd 29, Jun-24
Tarrasch Defense: Two Knights Variation (D32)  ·  1-0



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Oct-22-17  Count von Twothree: Rubinstein's 20th move has been extravagantly praised, and rightly so. Any decent engine seems to be telling us that 20g4 would have won quite handily, so long as White finds the right moves thereafter and therefore 20g4 has a higher evaluation that the move played. However, this is to miss the point, which is that after Rubinstein's much more beautiful move, Black has zipperdy doo dah. In a sense it is more forcing and is certainly the safer option in practical terms, because it drastically prunes the tree of variations one needs to look at. As Tigran Petrosian put it, "There is a Russian proverb - Do not trouble your head". Incidentally, another point is that 20Re3 is not as clear after 20...exd4.
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  keypusher: A piece is worth a little trouble (20 g4 Ng7 21 ed Qxe1+ 22 Rxe1 Rxe1+ 23 Kg2 Rd8 24 c4 is winning for White).

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