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Georg Salwe vs Akiba Rubinstein
Bad Pistyan (1912), Pistyan (Piestany) AUH, rd 7, May-28
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  0-1



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Dec-16-02  ughaibu: An ending for mrwonkabar, Rubinstein was considered one of the best ever endgame specialists.
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  nasmichael: Pick up from move 44. K + 2N + 5p versus K + 2B + 5P. Friend Akiba puts forth a great battle. The ending involves one queen taking away the <checking> squares of its opposing queen. Nice. In that sequence any queen block will support <1> the promotion of the pawn, <2> the block of the check, and <3>a counter check.
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  nasmichael: And/or.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I can't believe the decisive pawn to capture was White's pawn at h4 at move 83. Capturing the f4 pawn would have given Black a protected passer, but Rubenstein goes after the pawn whose capture gives him nothing but an extra backwards pawn!

Someone has to run this through one of the silicon monsters. It doesn't seem possible that Rubenstein could win this game without help after move 80.

Jun-03-05  Boomie: Maybe I'm missing something obvious (as usual), but after 65...♔b5 66. ♘b2 seems to be winning. There are some deft knight maneuvers here.

66. ♘b2 ♔c5

(66... a4 67. ♔d4 a3 68. ♘xc4 a2 69. ♘a3+ ♔a4 70. ♘c2)

67. ♔e2 ♔b5 68. ♔d2 a4 69. ♔c2 a3 70. ♘d1 ♔a4 71. ♘e3 a2 72. ♔b2 a1=♕+ 73. ♔xa1 ♔b3 74. ♘d5 ♔c2 75. ♔a2 ♔d3 76. ♔a3 ♔e4 77. ♘e7 ♔xf4 78. ♘xg6+ ♔g4 79. ♘e7 f4 80. ♘g6 ♔g3 81. ♘xf4 ♔xf4 82. ♔b4

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  beatgiant: <Boomie>
On the suggested 66. Nb2 Kc5 67. Ke2, have you considered <67...Kd5>? Then if 68. Ke3 Kc5 69. Na4+ Kb5, White's back where he started.
Jun-03-05  Boomie: This is a nice lesson in opposition. The white king triangulates to obtain the opposition. Then the knight is used to deny the black king the c5 post.

67... ♔d5 68. ♔f3 ♔c5 69. ♔e3 ♔d5 70. ♘a4

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  beatgiant: <Boomie>
You've got me convinced. The only alternate try for Black I found is 66. Nb2 Kc5 67. Ke2 Kb5 68. Kd2 a4 69. Kc2 Kc5 going for kingside counterattack again, but White still has 70. Nxa4+ Kd5 71. Nb6+ Ke4 72. Nxc4 Kxf4 73. Kd3, etc. winning with the c-pawn.
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  tamar: I don't see any salvation after your line either <boomie>.

This is Rubinstein's last recorded encounter with Salwe -his record of 16 wins 2 losses and 8 draws may have led him to believe he could win with anything (he was right!).

Jun-04-05  Boomie: <beatgiant> That's a nice variation. After 69... ♔c5 70. ♘xa4+ ♔d5 71. ♘b6+ ♔e4 72. ♘xc4 ♔xf4 73. ♔d3 ♔g4 74. ♘e5+ ♔xh4 75. c4, if black tries to queen the g-pawn, white has a knight fork at f3. The black king can't catch the c-pawn because after 75...♔g5 76. c5 ♔f6 77. c6 ♔e7 78. c7, the black king can't get to the queening square with the knight covering d7 and the pawn d8. Very amusing knight.
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  nasmichael: Pick it up after move 91...Qxf4.
Test yourself--plug it in on Fritz and see if you can achieve the same results. Take the Black pieces.
Sep-14-08  gambitfan: I really do not understand the ending ♕ + ♙ // ♕...

According to what criteria is such an ending a win or a draw ?

50% of such endings are draws...

What are the rules ? he criteria ?

Sep-14-08  gambitfan:

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after 115... ♔g3 0-1

Why did Black win ?

All squares bot one from which the White Queen can check the Black King are controlled by Black...

The only remaining square id d6 but if 116 ♕d6+ then 116... ♕f4+...

The Black Queen interposes while checking the White King simultaneously, which forces the exchange of Queens !!

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  waddayaplay: ♕♙-♕ are very difficult endgames. The bishop pawns are the only ones that give good winning chances, the other ones are more often draws. But it depends on the position of the kings.
Dec-28-09  AnalyzeThis: There are crazy rules. In general, when you're defending, you don't want the king anywhere near the pawn. White probably does better with the king on some eccentric square, like a6.
Nov-27-19  zydeco: Oh no! The Shirov-esque 64....Bxa4 is a losing blunder. White has 65.Nxa4 Kb5 66.Nb2 a4 67.Kd4 a3 68.Nxc4 a2 69.Na3+! (this is what the players must have missed) K moves 70.Nc2.

This is the kind of shooter's roll that you get when you're famous for being a great endgame. Salwe may have trusted Rubinstein to have airtight calculations when he makes a move like 64....Bxa4 and didn't look as closely as he would have against somebody else.

This game has like every type of endgame in it: two bishops vs two knights, then bishop vs knight, then (briefly) knight vs. pawn, then king and pawn, then queen v. queen. One for the endgame manuals.

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