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Akiba Rubinstein vs Granas
Handicap Tournament ? (1905) (unorthodox), Lodz RUE, Dec-06
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Jan-30-09  WhiteRook48: Is this the only game with odds of the g1 Knight?
Feb-21-09  WhiteRook48: and odd that a Q overpowers ♖♘♗ but probably because Granas never developed his QR and QN
Dec-28-10  meppi: the odds of g1 knight mean that white can castle on move 3!

If black accepts the rare odds gambit with

3 Nxe4

White has a good game

4. Nc3 - Nxc3

5. dxc3 - 0-0

6. Re1


4. Bc5 - Re1

5. Nxc3 - Dxc3

Also in this game a great move is 10 Kh1. White plans to sacrifice both the d and c pawns for gains of tempo. However black again rejects the pawns and plays 11 e4 opening up holes along the dark squares on the kingside - The maneuver on moves 11 - 16 are exploiting this weakness.

On move 22 white uses a form of trickery to double his rooks on the f-file.

22 Rf4 would be too obvious, so white plays 22 Re1 to trick black into thinking he is attacking the e pawn

23. Rf4 also achieves this, then after 23. Rf1, black has no way to defend the knight on f7

Sep-12-11  Cemoblanca: He looked like a teddy bear, but his playing style was sometimes really brutal! ;0)

8...♘e4?! [8...0-0! 9.♗e2 dxc4! 10.♗xf6 ♘xf6 11.♘xc4 ♕c7!? 12.0-0 ♘d5 (12...♗e7!?]

9.♘dxe4! dxe4 10.♗h4 0-0 11.♗e2 f5?! [11...e5!? 12.0-0 exd4!]

12.0-0 12...e5? 13.a3!? [13.♘xe4! fxe4 14.a3! (14.c5? exd4 15.exd4 ♘xc5! 16.dxc5 ♗xc5) 14...exd4! 15.axb4 ♕xb4 16.exd4 13.♘xe4 dxe3! 14.a3 exf2+]

13...♗xc3 14.♕xc3 ♕c7? [14...♕cx3!? 15.bxc3 ♔f7!? (15...h6?! 16.♗e7! ♖e8 17.♗d6)]

15.c5! ♖e8 16.♖ad1 exd4 17.♖xd4 [17.♗c4+ ♔h8 18.♕xd4! (18.♖xd4?! ♘xc5)]

17...♕e5? [17...♘f8!] 18.♗g3 [18.♗c4+! ♔h8 19.♖fd1]

18...♕f6 19.♖fd1 ♘f8 20.♕b3+ ♔h8 [20.♕f7! ♗c4 ♗e6! (21...♘e6?) 22.♗xe6 ♖xe6]

21.♗c4 ♘e6 22.♗xe6 ♕xe6 23.♖d8 h6? [23...♖g8!]

24.♕c3 [24.♖xe8+! ♕xe8 25.♗c7!]

24...♕e7?? [24...♔h7]


I had no more time for a thorough analysis. And now back to work again! Cheers! :0)

Sep-12-11  Cemoblanca: I would call this game: "The story with the defective Knight". :D

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