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Akiba Rubinstein vs Semion Alapin
Bad Pistyan (1912), Pistyan (Piestany) AUH, rd 1, May-20
Slav Defense: Alekhine Variation (D15)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  keypusher: A very interesting game. I've never seen this variation of the Slav (4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e3 b5 6. a4 Nd5). Rubinstein finally gains a pawn but winds up far behind in development (even though it's an ending). Eventually he gives the pawn back. He still has an advantage in space, but is unable to do anything with it.
Dec-09-07  acirce: 5.e3 is not a great move, but playable. 6..Nd5 instead of 6..b4 is supposed to be dubious, with 7.Ne5 as White's best reply according to Burgess.

Instead of 13..Bd6, Black played 13..Ba6 in Vait-Bogoljubov 1912 (not in this database) and White went sacrificial with unclear consequences:

[Event "RUS-chB"]
[Site "Vilnius"]
[Date "1912.??.??"]
[Round "12"]
[White "Vait,A"]
[Black "Bogoljubow,Efim"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "D15"]
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e3 b5 6.a4 Nd5 7.axb5 Nxc3 8.bxc3 cxb5 9.Ne5 Bb7 10.Rb1 Qd5 11.f3 f5 12.Qc2 e6 13.Qb2 Ba6 14.Bxc4 bxc4 15.Qxb8+ Rxb8 16.Rxb8+ Ke7 17.e4 fxe4 18.Bg5+ Kd6 19.Nf7+ Kc7 20.Bf4+ Bd6 21.Bxd6+ Qxd6 22.Rxh8 Qf4 23.0-0 e3 24.Nd8 Bc8 25.g3 Qf5 26.Nc6 Qc2 27.Re1 Qxc3 28.Kf1 Qd3+ 0-1

19.Rd8+ was considerably better, probably with an edge for White.

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  keypusher: <acirce>

Thanks for that interesting comment and game! I wonder if there is an error in the score, though -- wouldn't 27. Re1 be answered by 27...Qf2+ winning the rook?

In any case, this variation seems to have been quite topical in 1912.

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  dernier loup de T: The annotations really are from "Dreihundert Schachpartien"? I thought this books is covering only the career of Tarrasch, and only until 1894?
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  dernier loup de T: Maybe you mean "Die moderne Schachpartie"?

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July, p. 151 [Game 63 / 2384]
from American Chess Bulletin 1912 by Phony Benoni
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