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Rudolf Spielmann vs Akiba Rubinstein
Berlin (1928), Berlin GER, rd 3, Oct-13
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Worrall Attack Delayed castling line (C86)  ·  1-0



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Mar-30-05  offramp: Rubinstein should have played the surprising 27...Qh2+!
Mar-30-05  WMD: Tactics weren't Rubinstein's strongest suit.
Mar-30-05  aw1988: Er, doesn't 27...Qh2+?? drop a queen?
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  beatgiant: <aw1988: Er, doesn't 27...Qh2+?? drop a queen?> He picks it back up after 27...Qh2+ 28. Kxh2 Bd6+ followed by 29...Rxe2.
Mar-30-05  Karpova: <WMD: Tactics weren't Rubinstein's strongest suit.>

Never heard such a nonsense.

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  AgentRgent: After 27...Qh2+ I believe it's slightly better for White to proceed 28. Kxh2 Bd6+ 29. Re5! Rxe5 30. Qf3 Rf5+ 31. g3 Rxf3 32. Rxf3. Though things are still fairly even, and with Bishop's of opposite colors it is likely a draw.
Mar-30-05  paladin at large: <WMD: Tactics weren't Rubinstein's strongest suit.>Capablanca felt that Rubinstein was a complete world class player in every respect. I assume Lasker had a similar opinion, and Alekhine, if you caught him in an honest moment, did too. Rubinstein was just clearly past his peak by 1928. He bowed out of the international scene altogether not long thereafter.
Mar-30-05  offramp: Well, he missed that move!
Mar-31-05  paladin at large: <offramp>Sure he missed it. The point is that his whole game was probably not quite what it used to be. I assume it wasn't just his feel for tactics which had fallen off. In earlier decades, he was a giant and no slouch at tactics.
Mar-31-05  Calli: 27...Qh2 is good, but he still could have drawn after that, IMHO.
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  Chessical: Rubinstein could also have put up greater resistance with:

<29...Rd2> 30.Bd5 Qd7 31.Be4 Qe8 32.Rxf6 Qxg6 33.Rxf8+ Bxf8 34.Rxf8+ Kh7 35.Bxg6+ Kxg6 36.Ra8 Rxb2 37.Rxa6+ Kf5

Even great players can tire.

Apr-01-05  Calli: <Chessical> also like 29...Rd2! 30.Bd5 Qd6 31.Be4 Rd1 32.R5f2 Rxf1+ 33.Rxf1 f5 34.Qxd6 Bxd6 35.Bxf5 with opposite color Bishops.
Nov-11-05  who: <I assume Lasker had a similar opinion, and Alekhine, if you caught him in an honest moment, did too.> I don't think that's the most convincing argument I've ever heard.
Nov-11-05  euripides: An interestng game. The middle game is very nearly a Najdorf Sicilian, but I assume that there was very limited experience with this set-up. Perhaps Black should keep the white knight out of f5 by playing g6. 16 Nh4 exploits the line 16...Nxe4 ? 17 Bxe4 Bxh4 18 Qh5. Having preserved the black-squared bishop by 21...Bxf5, it would be nice for Black to find more use for it but I am not sure if ...Bc5+ was possible at any stage.
Jul-15-07  Karpova: <paladin at large: [...] and Alekhine, if you caught him in an honest moment, did too.>

That's true and I posted an excerpt on Akiba's page:
Akiba Rubinstein

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