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Akiba Rubinstein vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Karlsbad (1923), Karlsbad CSR, rd 13, May-13
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  0-1



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Jul-09-05  Whitehat1963: Where does Rubinstein lose his way in this game? Is there a better alternative to 12. Nc4, for instance?
Jul-09-05  fgh: <Whitehat1963>: White's alternative is 12. Nxc8+, but that allows the black queenside rook to enter quickly into play.
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  tamar: <Where does Rubinstein lose his way in this game?>

14 c3 is a serious alternative which promises White an advantage. It looks wrong to block the bishop diagonal, but after studying it, I think it is more important to take away squares from the Black Queen.

14 c3 Qf6 15 Be2 Bd7 16 0-0 and the Queen on f6 makes it hard for Black to complete his development, and Be3 and Nb6 are coming.

14 c3 Qe4+ (Trying to disrupt with checks as in the game)15 Be3 b5 16 Qd6+ Ke8 17 Nb6 Rb8 18 Bd3 Qxg2 19 0-0-0 with a wild game where White has the lead.

Jul-10-05  bumpmobile: This is probably well within the confines of opening theory, but I thought 10. bxc3 was a strange looking move, where Nxc3 would have avoided doubling pawns.
Jul-10-05  Boomie: There isn't a lot of theory on this unusual opening but 10. ♘xc3 is slightly better than 10. bxc3. Rubinstein wanted to use the knight check on d6 but there is no good follow-up. With ♘xc3 white maintains his pawn structure and the black queen is misplaced. If black isn't careful he could find himself in a losing position.

10. bxc3

(10. ♘xc3 ♘ge7 11. ♗d3 ♘f5 12. ♗xf5 exf5

(12... ♕xf5 13. ♕d6 ♗d7 14. O-O-O ♖d8 15. ♕c7 (2.14) D=13)

13. ♕h5 (0.74) D=13)

10... a6 11. ♘d6+ ♔e7 12. ♘c4 ♕xc3+ 13. ♗d2 (0.60) D=13

Aug-08-08  DrGridlock: <bumpmobile: This is probably well within the confines of opening theory, but I thought 10. bxc3 was a strange looking move, where Nxc3 would have avoided doubling pawns.>

Nimzovich's own comments (from Chess Praxis) are -

"After 10 Kt x B, Kt - B3; White has the two Bishops, but Black is better centralised. The continuation in the text allows the entry at Q6, but at the price of a pawn."

Aug-08-08  whiteshark: Well, look who it isn't: <28.Qg5!=>

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Feb-21-09  DrGridlock: Nimzowitsch's comments after move 28 -

"Here Re3, (with Rce1) would be more apposite; for one thing the QP is less untouchable than White -- rather optimistically -- appears to think, and, in addition, Black's manouvre ... f6; and Kf7; would be checked."

Nimzowitsch seems not to have noticed (or analyzed) Qg5. Rybka disapproves, valuing the continuation Qg5 at 0.00, the continuation Re3 at -.56, and the game continuation Bc3 at -.64.

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