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Akiba Rubinstein vs Savielly Tartakower
Vienna (1922), Vienna AUT, rd 8, Nov-22
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Delayed Exchange Variation (D75)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-25-04  aw1988: If Kc2 in the final position, then Bxg5! And it becomes a drawn endgame with KP vs KR.
Mar-18-12  Karpova: Akiva's Great Escape!

According to Tartakower (quoted by Pytel), Akiva spent 45 min on 36.e4!. As will be seen in the game, in the end the black g5-pawn has to be guarded by either the King or the Rook.

Euwe's analysis showing that it's a draw even in case of Black finding the right plan (Rook on the 5th rank, King to d3):

After 74.Bc1

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74...Kd4 75.Bd2 Ke5 76.Be3 Kf6 77.Bd4+ Kg6 78.Be3 Rb8 79.Bd2 Rb5 80.Ke4 Kf6 81.Bc3+ Ke6 82.Bd2 Kd6 83.Be3 Kc6 84.Bd2 Kb6 85.Be3+ Ka5 86.Bd2+ Ka4 87.Be3 Kb3 88.Bc1 Kc2 [see diagram]

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89.Bxg5 Rxg5 90.Kf4 Rg8 91.g5 Kd3 92.Kf5 Kd4 93.g6 Kd5 94.Kf6 Kd6 95.Kf7 [see diagram]

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Source: Pages 89 to 90 of J. Donaldson and N. Minev 'The Life and Games of Akiva Rubinstein - Volume 2: The Later Years', 2nd edition, Milforld, USA, 2011.

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  Penguincw: And Rubinstein saves the inferior ending.


♔♗♙ vs. ♔♖♙

Superior (Black): 69.6%
Draw: Happens 30.2%
Inferior (White): 0.2%

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