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Rudolf Spielmann vs Akiba Rubinstein
San Sebastian (1911), San Sebastian ESP, rd 14, Mar-14
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-16-05  sneaky pete: 29... Rh2+ wins. <aw1988>, is this your missing last round Rubinstein vs Schlechter game?
Apr-16-05  aw1988: White sais Spielmann- now I'm thoroughly confused. Maybe. This kind of looks like it.
Apr-16-05  Boomie: 29...Rh2+ 30. Kd3 and black has no winning line.
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  Calli: Maybe <sneaky pete> means 28...Rh2 threatening e3. Although its not a check like he indicates. Just a thought..
Apr-17-05  sneaky pete: 29... Rh2+ 30.Kd3 Be2+ with f4-f3-f2 to follow.

This round 14 game was the last one for Rubinstein (15 players, 15 rounds, Rubinstein had a bye in the last round). A win in this game would have made him 1st equal with Capablanca.

Apr-17-05  meloncio: Fritz 8 don’t like 29. … Rh2+, and prefers the Rubinstein's move:

Analysis by Fritz 8 – (10 min. search, 470 MN):

1. Eval. (-0.78): 29...fxe3+ 30.Bxe3 Bxd5 31.axb5 Bc4 32.Nd4 Rh2+ 33.Kc1 Bc5 34.Bf4 Bxd4 35.cxd4 Re2 36.Be5

2. Eval. (-0.56): 29...Bxd5 30.Rg7+ Ke8 31.Rxd7 Kxd7 32.axb5 a5 33.Bxb6 Bxc6 34.bxc6+ Kxc6 35.Bd4 Rh2+ 36.Kd3 f3 37.Ke4

And here’s its opinion about 29. … Rh2+

Analysis by Fritz 8 - (10 min. search, 350 MN):

1. Eval. (0.00): 30.Kd3 Be2+ 31.Ke4 f3 32.Rg7+ Ke8 33.Rg8+ Kf7 34.Rg7+ etc.

2. Eval. (-1.37): 30.Kc1 Bxd5 31.axb5 f3 32.Rf1 Be4 33.Nxa7 Bg3 34.Bxb6 Rc2+ 35.Kb1 Rxc3+ 36.Ka2 Rcd3 37.Nc6

I hope it helps.

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  Calli: I like 28...Rh2 29.Kc1 b4! Not sure its winning ...
Apr-17-05  paladin at large: Rg7+ for white, whenever white can get it in, assures at least a perpetual check , no? There does not seem to be a missed win for black. Very complicated for me.
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  Calli: On the check Rg7+ then Ke8 .Rg8+ Bf8 favors black.
Apr-17-05  sneaky pete: Like in 29... Rh2+ 30.Kd3 Be2+ 31.Ke4 f3 32.Rg7+ Ke8 33.Rg8+ .. (0.00 according to <meloncio>'s Fritz 8) 33... Bf8 and black should win (34.Ne5 Rh4+).

29... Rh2+ is not my idea, it is given in the tournament book by tournament director Mieses and was probably suggested by Rubinstein immediately after the game.

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  Calli: <sneaky pete> after 29...♖h2+ 30.♔d3 ♗e2+ 31.♔e4 f3 32.♖g7+ ♔e8 33.♖g8+ ♗f8 34.♘e5 ♖h4+ then 35.♖g4! ♖xg4+ 36.♘xg4 ♖e7+ 37.♔f4 ♖f7+ 38.♔g3 seems to hold
Apr-18-05  sneaky pete: <Calli> In this line not 36... Re7+? blocking the manoeuvre Bf8-d6-g3. Black may play 36... Rf7 or even 36... bxa4 as 37.Nf6+ Kd8 38.Nxd7 Kxd7 doesn't help white.
Apr-18-05  meloncio: About the <Calli>’s line, 33.… ♗f8:

34.♘e5 ♖h4+ 35.♖g4 ♖xg4+ 36.♘xg4 ♖f7 37.axb5 ♗d6 38.♘f2 ♗g3 39.♘h1 ♗h4 40.d6 h5 Analysis by Fritz 8 (10 min. search, 60 MN, Eval. –0,41)

As <sneaky pete> points out, 36… ♖f7 seems better than 36… ♖e7+

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  Calli: <Meloncio> <Sneakky pete> You guys are right. Don't know why I put Re7+ in there. Patzer sees a check, ....
Mar-06-11  ughaibu: The claim "a win in this game would have made him 1st equal with Capablanca", isn't correct. In the next round Capablanca agreed a draw when a pawn ahead, presumably because he didn't need the win, due to this game being drawn. Had this game been won by Rubinstein, what reason is there to suppose that Capablanca wouldn't have won his final game?

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