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Paul Johner vs Akiba Rubinstein
Karlsbad (1907), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 11, Sep-03
Spanish Game: Closed. Bogoljubow Variation (C91)  ·  0-1



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Aug-24-05  Raskolnikov: The position after 23rd move is drawn. Johner played a bit to carelessly, for example 24.f4 is better then the played move 24.f3. Later he made further inaccuracies (do I spell this word right?) like 26.b4 (better ♖e2),31. ♔e2 (better ♙f4), 39.♗d6 (better ♖d6: bishop endgame is drawn, I think). I don`t like 42.♗c5 too, probably it was better to keep attacking the pawn e5.
Oct-25-09  gharigac: 20)...Rxd5? 21)Nb6! better than nxd5
Jul-01-15  julillo: 21. Nxd6 is actually better than 21. Nb6 because 21. Nb6 Rb5 22. Nxd7 Rxb3 23. Nxe5 Be6 and the pair or Bishops is more advantage in this endgame than the exra pawn with Bishops with different colors in the original game.
Dec-24-20  MordimerChess: Johner had a couple of chances to draw the game, small inaccuracies here and there however made his position worse and worse.

Interesting that at the end Johner still had a chance for a draw. It's not mentioned in any chess books but if we check stockfish analysis, there is:

47. Rd8 with the idea 48. Rf8, winning the f-pawn.

For example:

47...e3 48. Rf8+ Kg6 49. Rxf4 Re1+ 50. Kh2 Rh1+ 51. Kg3 e2 52. Bf2 Bb7 53. b5 e1=Q 54. Bxe1 Rxe1=

47...Ke6 48. Rf8 Ke5 49. Re8+ Kd5 50. Rf8 Rg2+ 51. Kf1 Rg4 52. h5 e3 53. Bxe3 Bg2+ 54. Kf2 fxe3+ 55. Kxe3 Rxb4=

47...Rg2+ 48. Kf1 Rg4 49. Rf8+ Ke6 50. h5 Bg2+ 51. Ke2 f3+ 52. Ke3=

According to chess theory, rook+bishop vs rook endgame should end in the draw, the only exception is Philidor Position which shouldn't arise... but of course, both of the players would have to know theory to draw/push the game after.

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Aug-15-21  Albion 1959: Johner should have been able to hold this ending. Credit though to Rubinstein, for being able to eke out a win with his meagre forces. Opposite bishops to boot. He did even sacrifices a pawn at the end. He didn't even need the use of his king. An instructive and underrated Rubinstein game:

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