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Akiba Rubinstein vs Rudolf Spielmann
Prague (1908), Prague AUH, rd 18, Jun-10
Horwitz Defense: General (A40)  ·  1-0



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Mar-23-03  ughaibu: Spielmann fianchettos his queen with the result that it's out of play for the rest of the game. The Dutch can just be a way for black to weaken it's own kingside.
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  tamar: 31 Rd4! underlines Black's dilemma. White can block with the rook because he is playing virtually a Queen ahead.
Nov-27-07  Karpova: After 11.Ne1

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Razuvaev: <An important strategic method, introduced in practice by Rubinstein. The exchange of the bishops is in White's favor, because it gives him an opportunity to attack in the center with the moves e2-e4 and d4-d5.>

After 15.d5

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Razuvaev: <Today, this is a typical method of handling such positions, but in 1908 it was considered almost as a revelation. The pawn d5 divides Black's two wings and creates a space advantage, also the pawn f5 is weakened. In this particular case an additional benefit is that Black's queen is bottled up on b7.>

Source: Akiba Rubinstein - Uncrowned King, p. 152f..

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  tamar: Spielmann almost held it together, despite being outplayed.

28...Kh8 was the last error, when 28...Rf7 would have forced a regrouping based on the Qe6 lack of squares.

28...Re8 is a serious threat.

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  wwall: After 28.Qe6+ Kh8? does look bad instead of 28...Rf7, but now, instead of 29.Bg5, perhaps 29,Nh4!, threatening 30.Ng6+ Kg7 31.Qxe7. If 29...Bd8, then 30.Bg5, threatening 31.Bxf6+. If 29...Bc5+, then 30.Rd4! (threatening 31.Qxf6+) Bxd4+ 31.cxd4, threatening 32.Qxf6+ or 32.Ng6+.
Oct-22-18  nikromos: Rubinstein missed 10 Ng5 winning at least a pawn.

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