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Akiba Rubinstein vs Savielly Tartakower
Karlsbad (1907), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 6, Aug-27
Slav Defense: Modern Line (D11)  ·  1-0



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Jul-23-03  WRWilliams: Hey, this game should be classified QGA (D20) by move transposition!!!
Premium Chessgames Member Actually it's a kind of a Slav defense, but thanks for pointing it out. We need to recheck a large number of these "Queen's Pawn Games" for transpositions now that we've updated the algorithm.
Apr-27-04  J.A. Topfke: The crucial error was 15…Qa5?!. Tartakower steps out of the pin and into the fire by removing one of the defenders of the critical square c6. An immediate attack on the weak point follows with 16.Ne5.

16…cxb5 17.Bxb5 Rd8 (or 17…Rc8) 18.Be8! Rxe8 19.Qxb7 Nd7 20.Qxd7 Qxa3 21.Qxf7+.

Rubinstein increases the pressure with 17.Rc5, but he could have taken the pawn immediately: 17.bxc6 Ba6 (17…Bxc6?! 18.Rc5 and White will form a battery on the c-file) 18.c7!? Nxc7 19.Bd6 Bxd4 20.Qxd3 Nba6 21.Nc6 Qb6 22.Ne7+ Kh8 23.Rc6.

17…Qc7 18.Qc2 g6 19.bxc6:
A)19…Bxc6? 20.e4 Nd7 21.Nxc6 Nbxc6 22.d5 exd5 23.exd5; B)19…Nxc6?! 20.Nxc6 Bxc6 21.Rc1;
C)19…Ba6 20.e4 Nf4 21.Bc4 Bxc4 22.Rxc4

Relatively best, according to the computer evaluation, was to let White take the pawn: 18…Rc7 19.bxc6 Ba6 20.Be4 Nf6 21.Bf3.

20.Qxb5? Ba6 21.Qb1 Bxd3 22.Qxd3; 20.Bxb5!? Ba6 21.Bxa6 Nxa6 22.Qb7 Ndc7 23.Nc6 Qd7 24.Ne7+ Kh8 25.Bd6! Qd8 (25…Qxd6? 26.Qxa8+! and mate in three) 26.h4 Ne8 27.Bg3 h6 28.Rc6 Nb4 29.Qxb4.

An alternate, though more complicated, win was shown by the computer: 22.Qc5+ Ne7 23.Qxb4 Na6 24.Qb2 Rb8 25.Qe2 (25.Bxe7+ Qxe7 26.Qxb8+! Nxb8 27.Rxc8+ Qe8 28.Rxb8! Qxb8 29.Nd7+) 25…Qe8 26.Qh5.

Perhaps Rubinstein was in time trouble because Tartakower continues to play a piece down, though I suppose there are some back rank mate possibilities as well as queening threats.

29…Qb7 30.Nc6 Qd7 31.Qxd5!? Qxd5 32.Ne7+.

After 33.Nxf7! it is all over because 33…Rxf7? is answered by 34.Rc8+ Qf8 35.Rxf8+ Kxf8 36.Qd8#.

Apr-27-04  lordhazol: if my auntie has balls she would be my uncle.This game need no comments.Franchaise say "sanz paroles"
Nov-03-07  Poisonpawns: Why is Tartkower playing on after move 27? Its over :-)
Nov-04-07  CapablancaFan: <Poisonpawns: Why is Tartkower playing on after move 27? Its over :-)> ROFL.
Sep-05-08  extremepleasure2: 25.Kf1 is the strangest ever move I've ever seen in my life. It is such an irrelevant move with the position. If a computer made such a move we would all think that there is a bug in the computer.
Dec-15-09  tibone: Maybe 6...a5 was better. And if 7.bxc4 then b5-b4!
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  Honza Cervenka: <extremepleasure2: 25.Kf1 is the strangest ever move I've ever seen in my life>

I guess it was a nonverbal signal to the opponent that he should give up.

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  Honza Cervenka: This game looks like a material for lesson "How not to play the Queen Gambit with black pieces".
Feb-18-21  MordimerChess: I like the theory that Akiba wanted to non-verbally say "Dude, just give up" by playing 25. Kf1 and I included that idea in my game analysis:

However we also have to think that it was just another precise move by Rubinstein, preventing Qa5 if white is careless. It potentially support the a2 pawn and threat Qe1 checkmate. Of course the rook on a8 is hanging but once it moves to b8 and king is not on f8 (fork) - that's why Tartakower played 25...Kg8

... that's the most possible explanation of the move :)

Feb-18-21  WorstPlayerEver: SF gives 25. Qa6 which is devastating and obvious. 26. Qa6 is also better, but we're talking about +7 or +8. Akiba just played chess, he wasn't looking at engines after a game. Anything would've won.

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26. Bg6 fxg6 27. Qxe6+ Kh7 28. Qxg6+ Kg8 29. Qa6 Nc7 30. Qa4 Qd6 31. Rc6 Qd8 32. Ng6 Kh7 33. Qxa2

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=>29. Qa6 a5 31. Rc5 Qc8 32. Qxa2+ Qe6 33. Qb1 Nd5 34. Rc6 Qe7 35. Qa2 Rd8 36. e4

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  kingscrusher: If Black wants to take on c4, it seems 3...Nf6 is more accurate to try and get White to play Nc3


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Nc3 dxc4 (now with Knight on c3)
e3 b5
a4 b4
Na2 e6
Bxc4 Bb7

Which is safe enough for black

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Equal position. The way it plays out in the opening here is truly a disaster from Tartakower. But little moves like Nf6 first can make a big difference if there is a Knight on c3

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