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George W Moses vs Akiba Rubinstein
"Holey Moses" (game of the day Aug-04-2016)
BCF-ch 17th Major Open (1924), Southport ENG, rd 7, Aug-18
Queen Pawn Game: Colle System (D04)  ·  0-1



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May-05-15  JonnyT: What no comments. Beautiful final position. If you ever want to explain to someone the concept of a zugswang use this!
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  keypusher: <JonnyT: What no comments. Beautiful final position. If you ever want to explain to someone the concept of a zugswang use this!>

Two comments on the game and one comment on your kibitz.

1. This is a boring one-sided crush. I prefer games in which the loser has some plan beyond exchanging pieces. Rubinstein was very good at beating people who tried this approach, but there are much better examples of him finding a way to win, Mattison-Rubinstein from Carlsbad.

2. This isn't a great example of zugswang, since White would be dead lost in the final position even if he didn't have to move. Zugzwang does make it easier.

Now for your kibitz.

There are hundreds of thousands of games on, and more are being added all the time. There are probably about 100 registered users currently on this site. Inevitably the vast majority of games are going to go unkibitzed. Some interesting and remarkable games are bound to be among their number. If you find a great unkibitzed game (which this isn't), I guarantee I can find a better one. Also, as we see vividly illustrated on this page, kibitzes beget kibitzes, so the games that attract kibitzes tend to have been kibitzed already.

Given all this, you shouldn't be surprised that a good game hasn't been kibitzed. You should ever be less surprised that a not-very-good Rubinstein game at a minor tournament 91 years ago against an obscure opponent hasn't been kibitzed.

Recommendation: if you see a game you like that hasn't been kibitzed, say why it's so damned special, and be done.

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  RookFile: I think white can probably draw with 24. Nf1. Just in time, he brings the knight back into the game. Can't see any way for black to make progress.
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  Phony Benoni: Not really a matter of holes, but more a case of White's Knight futilely striking the rim of board. Had he spoken to it instead, he might have gotten somewhere.
Aug-04-16  nalinw: Great PB your pun is better!
Aug-04-16  Virgil A: Moses walked and led his pawns to nowhere. He could have used a horse.
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  profK: Nothing like a self imposed Zugswang!
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  ajile: If Colle saw this game with his name on the opening he would turn over in his grave. What a pitiful attempt to combine the Colle with b3? and Bb2? And then to top it off White trades this bishop that took so long to develop.


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  offramp: Moses versus Rubinstein sounds like an old one-reeler from the 1910s.
Aug-04-16  KID Slayer: Awesome how that bishop trapped the knight on the edge for the rest of the game.
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  posoo: WHEEEEooooooo WHEEEEEoooooo WHEEEEoooo WHEEEEEooooo

dats da sownd of da police!
dats da sownd of da police!

YES fokes dats rite, here comes KOYPUSHER, Capt. of da ZUGSWUNG Police Force!

Here to make SURE dat NOBODY incorectly uses da term!


dats da sownd of da police!

Without cuncerned citazens like Kuppushlio, we wod have NO WAY to injoy dis site.

ALSO LOOK at da way da man EXCORIATES da initial poster for having fun!

NO FUN ALLOUD when da ZUGS Police are here!


Dats da sownd of Keypushlio!

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  kevin86: No moves, no moves!
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  keypusher: Thanks for that shoutout <posoo>. I probably would have let the careless use of the term "zugzwang" go, but "why hasn't this game been kibitzed" posts make me foam at the mouth. Kind of like busting a guy for drunken driving and then finding cocaine in his glove compartment. Luckily I don't much care about spelling or grammar.

I think I went a little overboard about the quality of the game. Winning against someone who is only trying to draw with White is never easy, especially when you're a straightforward classical player like Rubinstein and you willingly enter into pretty much every exchange offered. Nimzowitch had a nice tribute to Rubinstein's ability to win despite this <complaisance> in his Carlsbad tournament book.

Sorry Akiba!

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  posoo: Koppush i STIL think u are INSANE for being HARD on JonnyPu.

da man saw a SMASHING dat he liked so he DREW it to da attention of da peple!

COCAINE??? u must be MAD!

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  perfidious: <keypusher....Winning against someone who is only trying to draw with White is never easy, especially when you're a straightforward classical player like Rubinstein and you willingly enter into pretty much every exchange offered....>

It is that much tougher to play for a win from these Queen's Gambit type positions--especially as Black--with their tendencies towards a grey equality or minimal edge for White at best, which accounted in large part for the popularity of the Indian defences which was soon to come. If nothing else, the rise of the Indian games beginning in the late twents guaranteed no repetition of the snoozefest in Alekhine-Capablanca, with all but two of the 34 games being QGDs of one variation or another.

Aug-04-16 White didn't give his knight an even break.
Aug-04-16  morfishine: Another monumental waste of time for the GOTD

The game stunk, White is a sub-par player, White missed a standard draw, there's nothing to learn here

So whats the point?

Oh, a number of numb-skulls voted for "Holey Moses"????????????????

What a joke

Have a nice day

U2 <posoo>


Aug-04-16  jith1207: I agree with <Morf> and few others here. Not sure why this made to GOTD and not sure I get the pun for this game. I was hoping to see some nice combination or end game as all the pieces were being exchanged left and right, rank and file.
Aug-04-16  Party Animal: Nothing much here. White left the horse in the barn.
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  thegoodanarchist: I agree with <posoo>
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  offramp: I read that Alekhine and Bogoljubov stood outside Rubinstein's hotel room the that night shouting, "Whoop! Whoop! Hey, Akiba, this is the Zugzwang Police! Whoop whoop!!"

But they weren't really the Zugzwang Police.

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  perfidious: Zugzwang Police, they live inside of my head

Zugzwang police, they come to me in my bed

Zugzwang police, they're coming to arrest me, oh no

....I try to sleep, they're wide awake, they won't leave me alone

They don't get paid to take vacations or let me alone

They spy on me, I try to hide, they won't let me alone

They persecute me, they're the judge and jury all in one

Aug-28-16  zanzibar: Knight benighted.

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