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Akiba Rubinstein vs Rudolf Spielmann
Berlin (1928), Berlin GER, rd 10, Oct-23
Indian Game: Yusupov-Rubinstein System (A46)  ·  0-1



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  TheAlchemist: Position after 32...Bxf4

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Spielmann, paraphrased:


Can Black win with the immediate exchange sacrifice? It certainly seems so. I have lifted my hand for the decisive Rxh3. But then I decided to go over it once again... and by the devil, Rubinstein set a brilliant trap! I managed to regain my composure and won in the end. Just for the record, 33.Qg2 was best, but Black should still be able to win after 33...Be5.

Now let's look at what Akiba had set for me!

<33...Rxh3+? 34.Bxh3 Qxh3+ 35.Kg1 Rf5>

Can White stop the threat of Rg5?

<36.Re8+ Kg7 37.Qe7+ Kh6>

... the end?

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<38.Qxh7+!! Kxh7 39.R1e7+ Kh6 40.Rh8+ Kg5 41.Rxh3>

and White, up and exchange, wins easily!

A devilish combination and very effective at that. 38.Qxh7 would have been like a bomb and I was fortunate to have spotted it.

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