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Akiba Rubinstein vs Moishe Hirschbein
Lodz (1927)
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  1-0



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Oct-24-13 21. Rxd7, and the rook can't be taken.
Oct-24-13  Skafi: I got this one! Must be rather easy, but beautiful it is.
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  FSR: 21.Rxd7! Bxd7 22.Nf6+ Kf8 23.Rd1! Red8 24.Nxd7+ Rxd7 25.Qh8#.
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  FSR: Oops.
Oct-24-13  simsan: I found today's puzzle much, much easier than yesterday's. Finding the follow-up Qc8 and subsequently seeing the smothered mate after the initial R sac yesterday was way more complicated than the very forced 21.Rxd7! Bxd7 22.Nf6+ Kf8 23. Nd5 today.

Today's moves "jump" out at you, whereas particularly yesterday's Qc8 (as opposed to e.g. Qxa8) doesn't make sense unless you see that there is a forced mate a couple of moves into that variation.

Oct-24-13  morfishine: <FSR> I was almost certain <23.Rd1> was winning, when I noticed 23...Bc8 and went back to the drawing board. I then checked 23.Qc5 which also fails to 23...Bc8. Then, I checked 21.Rd6 which comes up short.

I then thought "21.Rxd7 must be the first move" and finally saw 23.Nd5 and thought "Duh"


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  Penguincw: I got 21.Rxd7 and 22.Nf6+ :).
Oct-24-13  peristilo: Hey, crisowen! what's the point of writing so much if nobody understands what you write and consequently nobody cares?
Oct-24-13 <peristilo> Maybe it's steganography:
Oct-24-13  LIFE Master AJ: I have seen this one before ... I might have even been the person who submitted this game to CG. (I was really surprised that I had not kibitzed on this game before.)
Oct-24-13  Patriot: <<peristilo>: Hey, crisowen! what's the point of writing so much if nobody understands what you write and consequently nobody cares?> I may have asked this question about 4 years ago.
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  TheFocus: <Maybe it's steganography>

So, maybe <crisowen> is a spy for the NoSuchAgency, here to discover our chess secrets.

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  TheFocus: <I may have asked this question about 4 years ago.>

Stick around. In four years, you might just ask again.

Oct-24-13  Overgod: Wow this was easy.

Does white truly have any attractive move *besides* Rxd7 ?

Answer: no.

Oct-24-13  Everett: <FSR: 21.Rxd7! Bxd7 22.Nf6+ Kf8 23.Rd1! Red8 24.Nxd7+ Rxd7 25.Qh8#.

FSR: Oops. >

23.Rd1 is close to winning.

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  FSR: <Everett> Yes, but 23.Nd5! is admittedly much simpler.
Oct-31-13  LIFE Master AJ: Did this game end with 22.Nf6+, or with 23.Nd5?
Oct-31-13  Karpova: <LIFE Master AJ: Did this game end with 22.Nf6+, or with 23.Nd5?>

Conflicting sources:

It ends after 22.Nf6+ according to pages 219-220 of J. Donaldson and N. Minev 'The Life and Games of Akiva Rubinstein - Volume 2: The Later Years', 2nd edition, Milford, USA, 2011. They have annotations by Dr. Tartakower from 'Shakhmatny Listok', 10/1927, so this may be their source.

Black resigns after 23.Nd5 according to page 176 of the June 1927 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'.

Oct-31-13  LIFE Master AJ: Thank you for that info, I have the Donaldsen book, and I knew about WS.

Has Winter ever addressed this issue, he is extremely meticulous, usually he can get to the bottom of problems like this.

Nov-13-13  LIFE Master AJ: Does anyone know if Winter (a chess historian) has ever looked at this game?
Feb-12-14  LIFE Master AJ: SNEAK PEEK

My web page - on this game, although it is far from being done. (I still have to make the video, as well.)

Feb-13-14  LIFE Master AJ: The web page is finished and the video is posted:
Feb-06-15  Bycotron: A masterful game in today's opening of the day by the opening's namesake himself!
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  malt: 21.R:d7! B:d7 22.Nf6+ Kf8 23.Nd5!
Beautiful finish.
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