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Akiba Rubinstein vs Lodewijk Prins
Simul, 32b (1931) (exhibition), Amsterdam NED, Dec-21
Mikenas Defense: Cannstatter Variation (A40)  ·  0-1



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Jul-14-12  Sem: Well played by Prins. Underrated in his own country.
Jul-15-12  ughaibu: What's wrong with 11.Nh3?
Jul-15-12  Karpova: Indeed, Rubinstein seems to have resigned prematurely. At that moment, everyone thought that White was lost. Prins wrote to Donaldson & Minev (2nd edition of 'The Later Years', page 374) that Akiva was suffering from a bad cold. Prins offered him to take back his last move and even offered a draw but Rubinstein declined and resigned the game.

According to the 'Tijdschrift van den NL-Indischen Schaackbond', February 1932, 11.Nh3 Nf3+ 12.Ke2 Nfg5 and gives the example 13.Nxg5 Qxf2+ 14.Kd3 Nc5# but this is almost the only losing line. The assessment after 12...Ngf5 seems to be simply incorrect and White could play 13.f4, for example with the following position

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Nov-19-19  YoungEd: I guess 4. g4 intends to trap the knight, preparing 5. e3. But it just looks too weakening. I might try 4. e4 Nf5 5. e4, which looks better to me for White.
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  keypusher: <YoungEd: I guess 4. g4 intends to trap the knight, preparing 5. e3. But it just looks too weakening. I might try 4. e4 Nf5 5. e4, which looks better to me for White.>

For whatever it's worth, 4.g4 is SF's favorite move, at least at a shallow search. It thought 5.Bd2 was completely winning, and White still had a large advantage after 5.Nc3.

6.e3 was dubious (6.h3), but even after the right followup 7....Nc2+ White is still better; after 7....Nf6 he's just up a piece. After 8....Ne4?? White had 9.ed Nxc3 10.bc Bxc3+ 11.Bd2 Bxa1 12.Qxa1 with three pieces for a rook. And, as noted, Rubinstein resigned in an equal position.

Quite a lot of mistakes for 10 moves, even in a simul.

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