+ GM Akiba Rubinstein claimed he studied chess 6 hours a day, 300 days a year. Another 60 days he spent playing in chess tournaments. The remaining 5 days he rested. He learned
chess at the late age of 19.
+ Rubinstein was so paranoid that if a stranger came into his room, he would run or even jump out of a window. In chess tournaments he would make a move then stand as far away as
possible from the board until his next move. During World War I, he invested all his money in German War Bonds.
+ In 1911 at San Sebastian, Akiba Rubinstein complained of a fly which kept settling on his forehead and breaking his concentration. After he won the tournament, the tournament
director, Jacques Mieses, took him to a leading psycho-neurologist at Munich. The doctor examined Rubinstein and said, "My friend, you are mad. But what does it matter? You are a chess master!" Rubinstein imagined noises in the night: knockings on the walls. He once
burst in the room next door and tried to strangle Richard Reti, believing he was the source of these strange noises. He spent fours years hiding in a sanitorium in Belgium during the
+ Akiba Rubinstein never offered anyone a draw although he would accept draw offers if he thought that the position was actually drawn. When questioned about this, he said, "A
Rubinstein never offers a draw!"
+ Akiba Rubinstein suffered from heavy dandruff.
+ Nimzovich versus Rubinstein: Nimzovich went to restroom after his move. Rubinstein also went to restroom without making a move. Nimzovich came back and sits down at the wrong side of the table. He didn't realize that he was on the wrong side and played a move for
Rubinstein. When Rubinstein came back, he saw the board and shook Nimzovich's hand, "Thanks, I missed that move!"
+ During his games, Akiba Rubinstein never sat in his chair while his opponent was thinking. Instead, he retreated to a remote corner, waiting for his turn to move. His quixotic attitude occasionally led him to defeat by overstepping the time limit.
+ Akiba Rubinstein never ate in public and would not shake hands for fear of germs.
+ Akiba Rubinstein went mad from chess. It's been said that he sat at a table for hours in the hospital moving a pawn from c2 to c4, then moving it back.