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Akiba Rubinstein vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Gothenburg (1920), Gothenburg SWE, rd 10, Aug-16
English Opening: English Defense. General (A10)  ·  1-0



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Mar-01-05  Abaduba: Why does White win? the rook has to leave the 4th rank and abandon at least one pawn, so it looks like it should be drawn after 61 Rc1 Rxe4 62 Ra1 (Kxg6 Rxf4 and there are only a-pawns left) Ke6 and Black can waste time however he chooses, knowing that the g pawn is immune.

Is the game score wrong, or did I miss something?

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  beatgiant: <Abaduba: Why does White win?> It probably starts with 61. e5+ Kd5 62. Rc8 Rxa4 63. Rg8 with the advantage, but I'm also surprised Black didn't play on here.
Feb-07-06  sagahelten: Check out the analysis of Mihail Marin in the great book: "Learn from the Legends" (Quality Chess 2004). The chapter is called "Akiba Rubinstein's Rook Endings". It is a VERY thorough analysis!
Feb-07-06  sagahelten: [60.e5+ Kd7 61.Rc5 Rxa4 62.Rd5+ Ke7 63.Rd6 and the two connected pawns ensure the win. Marin]

Dec-20-09  M.D. Wilson: Nimzo was perhaps unwise trade down to a losing pawn and rook endgame against Rubinstein. White's single extra pawn greatly reduces Black's drawing chances.
Aug-29-13  Karpova: A nice and short illustration of the endgame: http://streathambrixtonchess.blogsp...
Aug-29-13  thomastonk: <Karpova> Interesting hint.

I think that Nimzowitsch could have played with a multi-purpose rook in a similar way: 43.. ♖c5 with the idea of ♖a5.

If White decides for e4, f4, and f5, Black waits with the king on g7 and f8, and exchanges on f5.

A better plan for White could be to bring the king to b4. Looks promising.

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  Fusilli: Instructive video analysis of this endgame by GM Yermolinsky on ICC. If you are an ICC member, look for the series "What every Russian schoolboy knows." This endgame is featured in the fourth chapter on Rubinstein.
Oct-26-19  Albertan: Why is this game classified as an English opening.Isn't it a Queen's indian defense?
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  Retireborn: The 6...Ne7 move takes it out of the normal sphere of Queen's/Bogo-Indian...not much point in fussing about names of openings anyway.
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  whiteshark: <Albertan: Isn't it a Queen's indian defense?> I think w/o Nf6 it isn't neither a QID nor a Bogo-Indian.
Oct-26-19  Olavi: It isn't much of anything, but after 4.g3 i'd call it a Catalan - an opening that was first played by Tartakower in 1929.
Mar-21-21  Muttley101: <Albertan: Why is this game classified as an English opening.Isn't it a Queen's indian defense?>

A significant number of the opening classifications are wrong on

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  perfidious: What <whiteshark> noted is correct, but there is also no doubt that <Muttley>'s post is a massive understatement.

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