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Akiba Rubinstein vs Eugene Znosko-Borovsky
St. Petersburg (1909), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 1, Feb-15
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Rubinstein Variation (D61)  ·  1-0



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Feb-17-04  Whitehat1963: Interesting game. Lasker annotates.
Feb-05-07  sambo: If white seriously calculated that entire exchange, I'm beyond impressed. That's supernatural.
Dec-31-08  PeterB: An amazing game by Rubinstein, just a complete crush. Black misplays the opening, opens himself up and it's over. Why wasn't AR a world champion!
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  fredthebear: Despite Lasker's reign as world champion, it has been thought that Rubinstein was the strongest player in the world just prior to World War I. (Although international tournaments were held regularly, title matches were rather sporadic in those days, not held yearly.) The great war interrupted Rubinstein's opportunity to play for the title, and then he developed a nervous tick and was never the same. Lasker, on the other hand, played at a high level for decades, well into his 70's. Znosko-Borovsky? He wrote five informative chess books on "How to Play the ..." opening, middle game, and endgame, "The Art of Combination in Chess" and a quick read called "How Not to Play Chess." They're all still in print, probably through Dover publications.
Jan-19-09  Anyi: After WWI Rubinstein reminded Lasker of their contract for a match, and even held a speech at a simultan display in 1920 asking for a triangular world championship match between Lasker, Capablanca, and him, (see book by Donaldson and Minev, p. 370), but at that time and onwards he had no funding for such a match (no rich industrialists supported him any more, and he had a family to support). Interested in more, <fredthebear> and <PeterB>? Come and visit my website on Rubinstein (it's in my profile, copy and paste the address if it doesn't work automatically).
Aug-17-09  garcimitch: what a calculation from move 14 to move 24!
Aug-23-09  WhiteRook48: 14 Nxe4 --> 24 Rf4! chess foresight!
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  LIFE Master AJ: A brilliant game, Tartakower praised this game and called it: "The first great example of Rubinstein's Qc2 system."

See also: Rubinstein vs M Hirschbein, 1927.

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  LIFE Master AJ: They should make this:
"The Game of The Day" here soon.
Feb-07-14  MountainMatt: This is definitely impressive...and I can't help but think it was child's play to a stud like Rubinstein. I bet it took him a whole 2 minutes to calculate the result of moves 14 through 19 (at which point the game is utterly won) - on a good day, I might find it in 2 hours, if ever.
Feb-07-14  john barleycorn: <MountainMatt>Rubinstein 1h 47 min and Znosko 2 h for the game.
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  GrahamClayton: 14...de4 15. Bb5 Bc8 16. Ne5 winning a piece.
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  kingscrusher: Nice game - black's impressive occupation of e4 has downsides to exploit
Feb-27-23  SChesshevsky: EZB looks like he just plays a horrible game here. Not indicative of his ability. Maybe out of form. Had a poor tournament showing. Or maybe, believe it or not, took Rubinstein too lightly. Apparently had a +1 on him.

Feels like he was baffled by the Qc2 , 0-0-0 setup. Went with a kind of bad QID which appears inappropriate. Through in some sloppy play and he goes down ugly.

Think one jewel in EZB's crown is his book "Art of the Chess Combination" , as mentioned by Fred earlier.

Found the read a bit difficult. Maybe the style or maybe the type set. My copy was the old descriptive. But the content is excellent. Focusing on elements of attack. (Ironic, after his lemon here.)

Remember it was Soltis, or maybe it was Silman, who mentioned the book helped him gain a hundred or two ratings points.

Mar-05-23  Gaito: Position after 19...Qg6+

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White played here 20.Ka1, a move that seems natural and automatic; even Dr. Lasker did not consider to comment anything here; yet the engine quickly spots that this was a mistake, and instead 20.Kc1! should have been played. Why was 20.Ka1? a mistake; well, the engine anticipates that later on a black rook could invade the square c2 (see the game continuation: 24...Rc2). Of course, for a normal human being it is not easy to anticipate that possibility, but the engine certainly does. Even 20.e4 (the second best move according to Stockfish 15) would have been better than 20. Ka1?

But luckily for White, the game is still won after 20.Ka1? Yet there is a significant difference in the computer's evaluation. After 20.Kc1! Rab8 21.Qd5 Rf5 22.Qe4 fxg2 23.Qxg2 Black could have resigned (evaluation +7.02). After 20.Ka1 the evaluation goes down to +1.78 which still is a winning evaluation.

Mar-05-23  Gaito: Had White moved his king to c1 on the 20th turn, then after 20..Rab8 21.Qd5! Rbd8, the following hypothetical position would have arisen:

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WHITE TO MOVE (Hypothetical position)
In this imaginary position, White would win by 22.h5! (the prosaic 22.Qe4 also wins) Rxd5 23.hxg6 h6 24.Bxh6 and wins. This pretty variation would have been out of the question with White's king at a1:

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22.h5?? Qxh5! 23.Rxh5 Rxd5, and Black would win owing to the threat of a back-rank mate (see diagram):

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24.a3 fxg2, and White could resign.

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