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Zdzislaw Belsitzmann vs Akiba Rubinstein
Warsaw (1917), Mar-??
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Rubinstein Variation (C48)  ·  0-1



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Jan-16-04  Benjamin Lau: This game looks familiar. It may be a duplicate.
Jan-16-04  Brian Watson: 16.Nf3 g5
Jan-17-04  Resignation Trap: If 16. Nf3 g5, 17. Qe2. What then? White threatens 18. Qxb5+, a plethora of discovered checks, not to mention such moves as Bxf7+, or Ne5, blocking the d6 Bishop's diagonal. And if 17...hxg3 18. fxg3, guarding the second rank.
Jan-17-04  ughaibu: If 16.Nf3 surely he just takes with the h-pawn.
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  Calli: I think RTrap's point is that 16.Nf3 hxg3 17.fxg3 Bxf3 18.Rxf3 Qxh2+ 19.Kf1 Bxg3 20.Nf5! Qh1+ 21.Ke2 Qg2+ 22.Kd3 and White's king escapes. I don't see a win for black, although 20...O-O-O probably draws.
Jan-18-04  ughaibu: Okay. Returning to 16....g5 if black castles long in reply to Qe2 does white have any further defense?
Jan-18-04  Brian Watson: My thinking was 16.Nf3 g5 17.Qe2 O-O-O, then:
18.d5 hxg3 19.fxg3 g4
or 18.Ne5 Bxe5 19.dxe5 Ng4
or 18.Nxg5 Qxh2+
or 18.Nxh4 Rxh4
Dec-12-04  Poisonpawns: Movsesian vs Illescas-Cordoba, 1998 these two games and you will see where The inspiration comes from for todays players, a pretty game
Dec-17-04  notsodeepthought: Given the above discussion, perhaps black's best way to continue the attack on move 15 is ... Ng4. After 16 Nf3, simply ... B:f3 renewing the mating threat in h2. After 16 N:g4, ... h:g4 with the same threat.
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  Calli: <deep> White can defend h2 with 15...Ng4 16.Nxg4 hxg4 17.Qe2+ Kd7 18.f4
Dec-18-04  notsodeepthought: <Calli> Good point, my bad.
Dec-18-04  Brian Watson: hmmm ... my "analysis" appears to be pure twaddle.
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  tpstar: <Brian Watson> Hello! Nice to see you again! Looks like your analysis was fine, but you could always repost any improvements. Powerful attack by Black.
Dec-18-04  Brian Watson: why thank you <tpstar>. But after 16.Nf3 g5 17.Qe2 0-0-0 18.d5 hg 19.fg g4, doesn't white just block the h-file with Nh4?

I think Resignation Trap correctly spotted an unsound sac.

Dec-18-04  morphy234: After 16. Nf3 then

17. fxg3 Bxg3
18. hxg3 Bxf3
19. Rxf3 Qh1+
20. Kf2 Rh2+

and black has some advantage.

21. Ng2 Rxg2+
22. Ke3 Rg1

and after Qc2 there is a mate in four:

23. Qc2 Re1+
24. Kf4 Qh6+
25. Kf5 Qg6+
26. Kf4 Nh5# 0-1

Mar-29-07  Archives: A rare miniature for Rubinstein!

Razuvaev claims that 10.0-0 was the decisive mistake for White, but a quick run with Rybka does not agree. Although after 10.0-0 Black does get an advantage with 10...b5! it is certainly not a decisive advantage.

11...Bb7?! lets the advantage slip, letting White equalize with 12.f4

Black then lets the advantage slip again with 12...Qh4 as 13.g3 equalizes (Better for Black was 12...0-0)

Rubinstein then makes a bad move with 14...h5?! as after 15.cxd4 h4 16.Nf3! hxg3 17.fxg3 Bxf3 18.Rxf3 Qxh2+ 19.Kf1 and Blacks attack is dead.

However White returns the favor with 16.Qe2?? which automatically leads to a mate in three.

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  Phony Benoni: Could White be the sAme person as Zdzislaw Belsitzmann?
Dec-01-08  Karpova: <Phony Benoni>
Yes, White is Zdzislaw Belsitzmann. This game is also from a Warsaw City Championship. The game was played on March 8.
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  Phony Benoni: <Karpova> Thanks. He was obviously a much stronger player than this game indicates!
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  Stonehenge: <The game was played on March 8.>

On March 3 according to:

But they can be wrong of course.

Jan-14-14  MarkFinan:

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This is really really interesting for an engine novice like myself. Here, before the dreadful 16.Qe2?? my engine has white up! But to the human eye (well done guess I can only speak for myself!) this looks awful for white.. Look at whites *overwhelmed and overworked* knights. They can't move! Look at blacks bishops on those diagonals.. the attack down the h file.. Blacks queen! It really does look bleak for white to me yet the engine has white slightly ahead!

I can feel a webpage and accompanying video coming along, lol.

Jan-14-14  morfishine: <MarkFinan> Its hard to imagine White up in this position, what-with those Black Bishops and what-not. Rubenstein plays "Like a Russian": whatever you got, point it at the enemy king
Jan-14-14  MarkFinan: Morf.. Have you let your engine look at this position? It's crazy! I think, to my patzer eye, that position looks resignable... but apparently, whites up! Mad.
Jan-14-14  morfishine: <MarkFinan> Yes it is crazy, I need to look at this more tomorrow. Its important I think, to check this one closely, if one would like to sharpen their tactics for defense. I'm not perfectly convinced that the attack is unsound; More than likely, Rubenstein had some hidden continuation, or maybe he didn't...or maybe he got distracted by that fly on his nose and fooled White into blundering. This one needs a much closer look.

It has some kbitz, but not much. Thanks for bringing this one to light!


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  offramp: A game played 100 years and 10 days ago.

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Now White's best move, as people said earlier, is 16. Nf3. Black would then play 16...hxg3 and the only good answer to that is 17. fxg3.

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Black is a piece and a pawn down.

Analysis by Stockfish 8 64:

1. = (0.00): 17...Bxf3 18.Rxf3 Qxh2+ 19.Kf1 Bxg3

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20.Rxf6 [20. Nf5] 20...gxf6 21.Qf3 0-0-0 22.Nf5 Kb8 23.Nxg3

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23...Rh3 24.Qxf6 Rd6 25.Qf2 Qxg3 26.Qxg3 Rxg3 27.Ke2 Rg2+ 28.Kd3 c5 29.Bxf7 Rxd4+

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2. (0.33): 17...Bxg3 18.Qe2 Bxf3 19.Rxf3 Bxh2+

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20.Kf2 Bg3+ 21.Rxg3 Ne4+

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22.Ke1 Qxg3+ 23.Kd1 Kf8 24.Qxb5

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3. (1.10): 17...0-0-0 18.Qe2 Bxg3 19.Qg2 Bf4 20.Qxh3+ Rxh3 21.d5 Rdh8.

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