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Jacques Mieses vs Akiba Rubinstein
Rubinstein - Mieses (1909), Berlin GER, rd 1, May-12
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Main Line (C29)  ·  1-0



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  tamar: <If 31...Kb7, then White wins by 32.Qb3+ Ka8 33.Rf1!.>

But Schlechter seems to have missed that Black can draw by 32...Bb6 33 Be3 Qe2+ 34 Kg3 Qg4+ 35 Kf2 Qf4+ 36 Ke2 Qg4+ 37 Kd2 Qg2+ 38 Kc3 Qf3

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Black wins the bishop (39 Re1 f4, or 39 Kb4 Bxe3) and White will only remain an exchange up for two pawns.

So 31...Kd8 was Rubinstein's final error.

May-04-14  Lossmaster: Here's an actual photo of the game, shot when Rubinstein is contemplating playing 15...♕xe5.
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  offramp: <Lossmaster: Here's an actual photo of the game, shot when Rubinstein is contemplating playing 15...Qxe5.

Thanks for that great picture. I personally think it was taken later, posed, beyond the actual playing area. My main reason for thinking that is the totally poxy table upon which they play. It would be perfect for a small vase of flowers. It only just fits the chess board and clock - there is no room for captured pieces (which fortunately have disappeared) or for scoresheets.

I appreciate that players might not have been required to keep score in those days.

<IF> Rubinstein was a right-hander then by today's convention the clock would have been on his right side. But that would have ruined the photo.

I'd rather see some other pictures of the playing hall before making up my mind.

May-04-14  morfishine: <offramp> You are kidding, right?
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  offramp: It seems that the organizing committee in Berlin did not yet have access to tables such as those used at St Petersburg earlier in the year.

The tables used in Russia were the new-fangled <spacious, wooden, large, oblong> type instead of the traditional <cramped, tiny, marble, round> type which were evidently still being used in Spartan Berlin.

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  offramp: From the non-tournament book:

<For this prestigious chess match the organizing committee has been proud to obtain a pure white carrera marble table. The catalogue describes this quite vividly as <extremely small, ornate, spindly, filigree, fragile, unstable, sloping, circular>. It is indeed extremely small but the Organizing Committee has managed to obtain <at extraordinary cost>, from Japan, a miniature chess set which will <almost> fit into the surface of this extraordinary table.

As can be seen, no expense has been spared on providing the players with the most compact and cornerless equipment available <in the entire world>!>

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