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Jacques Mieses vs Akiba Rubinstein
Prague (1908), Prague AUH, rd 9, May-29
Danish Gambit: Declined. Sorensen Defense (C21)  ·  0-1

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Nov-26-07  Karpova: At that time the game was of theoretical importance since 4.e5 was refuted and disappeared from practice afterwards.

10.a3

Savielly Tartakower: <White is forced on the defensive, and has therefore no compensation at all for his two pawns.>

From Donaldson/Minev "Akiba Rubinstein - Uncrowned King"

Apr-10-08  Whitehat1963: Isn't 10. Bxh7 free material?
Apr-10-08
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  whiteshark: <Whitehat1963> I wouldn’t give it houseroom!

After <10...Nb4 11.Qb1 g6 12.Bxg6 fxg6 13.Qxg6+ Kd7>


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I don't see white's compensation.

Apr-11-08  Whitehat1963: I'm certainly no great player, <whiteshark>, so I'll take your word for it. I see white's a couple of pawns down after that sequence, but what happens after 14. Nd4? (What can I say? I'm stubborn!)
Apr-11-08  Karpova: <Whitehat1963: I see white's a couple of pawns down after that sequence>

White is down a whole piece (and got only one pawn for it)

<, but what happens after 14. Nd4? (What can I say? I'm stubborn!)>

Simply 14...Qg8

Nov-29-08
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  Zenchess: Well, I don't get why 4. e5 is "refuted." First of all, Blackburne's treatment of this line, starting with 5. Nxc3 is much better:

Blackburne vs A Steinkuehler, 1871

Also, see Lasker's win with this line; I like Blackburne's 9th move better than Lasker's, but Lasker outplays his opponent in an unclear middlegame:

Lasker vs K Schultz, 1903

Secondly of all, 11. Bc1? simply undevelops a piece. 11. Ne2, to answer Bf5 with 12. Nd4, was better. I'm not convinced that White has full compensation for the missing two pawns, but he could have played on.

Nov-29-08  Karpova: <Zenchess: Secondly of all, 11. Bc1? simply undevelops a piece. 11. Ne2, to answer Bf5 with 12. Nd4, was better. I'm not convinced that White has full compensation for the missing two pawns, but he could have played on.>

11.Ne2 Bf5 12.Nd4 Nxd4 13.Bxd4 c5


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Nov-29-08
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  Zenchess: <Karpova> 13. Nxd4 instead of 13. Bxd4.
Nov-29-08  Karpova: <Zenchess>

After 13.Nxd4 simply 13...Bxd3 14.Qxd3 c5 [see diagram]


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I don't see compensation for the two pawns.

Nov-29-08
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  Zenchess: I agree with you there; it still would have been better than what happened in the game.
Dec-04-09
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  Phony Benoni: Certainly one of the least effecive Danish Gambits ever played.

One has to symphatize with the frustrations of White's dark-squared bishop. It's developed on b2, but White's pawn on e5 blocks its effectiveness. So it seeks greener pastures on c1--and Black promptly pries the e-pawn out of the way with ...f6!

Dec-05-09  markwell: This game may have helped the decline of the Danish Gambit, but it certainly is not a Danish Gambit declined.

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