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Salo Landau vs Akiba Rubinstein
Rotterdam (1931), Rotterdam NED, rd 4, Dec-??
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  1-0



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Apr-22-07  vonKrolock: <33...♖hf8>?? A pity that Rubinstein blundered this Game in this way - there was still a lot of fight here
Apr-28-12  Karpova: Yes, the position was about equal and possibly with a slight advantage for Black in case of 33...fxg3+ opening up the White kingside (e. g. 34.fxg3 h4 and 35.gxh4 Nxh4 or 35.g4 Qe5+). Instead, 33...Rhf8?? loses on the spot.
Apr-25-13  King Crusher: Has any great player fallen so dramatically from grace as Rubinstein? Here a player who was once the equal of Lasker, Capablanca and Alekhine overlooks mate in one.
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  Phony Benoni: Well, I for one think Rubinstein deserves a little credit for this game. Take a look at the position following <10...Re8>:

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Now Landau played the unusual <11.Bf4>. That's not just unusual, it's unique: none of the other 138 games in the database use it. And it doesn't look particularly good.

So why does Landau play it? I wonder if he was thinking of a couple of games from the past. First, take a look at Euwe vs Rubinstein, 1928, following <11...h6>:

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<12.Bf4 Nh5?? 13.Nxd5!>, with the idea of 13...cxd5 14.Bc7.

Second, Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1930, after <11...Ne4>:

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<12.Bf4 f5?? 13.Nxd5!>, with the same idea.

Did Landau really hope Rubinstein would do it again? Actually, the trap doesn't work here immediately: after, say 10...h6 11.Nxd5 cxd5 12.Bxc7 Bb4+, Black escapes. But Rubinstein instead chose <10...Nf8>, making darn sure there wouldn't be a threepeat.

So, what this game really s shows is that Rubinstein was avoiding the old blunders of the past, instead inventing new and even more creative blunders. Is that so bad?

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  WTHarvey: White mates in 2.

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