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Fred Dewhirst Yates vs Akiba Rubinstein
Semmering (1926), Semmering AUT, rd 13, Mar-24
Alekhine Defense: Scandinavian Variation (B02)  ·  0-1



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Apr-19-05  valenti: Kmoch gives two question marks to Yates' fourth move (which makes sense, as the bold 4. e6! is recommended), but then Rubinstein makes a series of small errors in the endgame. To his credit or just sheer luck, it never actually slips from his grasp.
Mar-31-08  whiteshark: Worthwhile this is one out of two games where Rubinstein played the Alekhine Defence.

The forerunning one is Yates vs Rubinstein, 1926

Mar-31-08  whiteshark: <50...a4?> is throwing away the a-♙.

Instead <50...Kc6!!>

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is securing ♙a5 due to mate-threat after 51.Rxa5?? Rb1+ 52.Kh2 Rdd1 etc.

Mar-31-08  mistreaver: This game is nice example of central blockade. On move 34 all white moves are tied to the defence of his loose pawns
Apr-07-12  Karpova: After playing brilliantly, Rubinstein loses the thread after move 40, e. g. missing 43...Rxg2 with mate to follow or the quicker win 45...Rb1. He reenters the game with 52...Rf1!! and an extremely precise rook endgame.

<whiteshark: Worthwhile this is one out of two games where Rubinstein played the Alekhine Defence.>

Semmering took place in March, Dresden in April.

Apr-07-12  paul1959: <valenti> Hort gives 4. e6 as leading to a clear Black advantage in my old ECO so Kmoch's comment is unfair and of course giving a ?? is ridiculous. That kind of chess literature is totally obsolete.

In all , Yates' 4. f4 is not that great ( small advantage to Black at best) and recommended is 4 Nxd5 (= per Hort in ECO).

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  plang: 4 f4 had been introduced in this tournament in this game as well as by Nimzovich in his win against Alekhine (not sure which game was played first).

Obviously, there is nothing wrong with 4 f4; with either 5 d4 or 6 d4 the game would have transposed into one of the main lines of the Classical French. However, exchanging his light-squared bishop with 6 Bb5?! was an odd decision.

41 Rfc1 threatened 42 Nd5 with a mating attack and 41..Qxf4? would have been answered by 42 Ne2 and 43 Nxd4 and Black can't recapture because of the same mating attack starting with Qc7+; after Rubinstein's 41..Ka7! this threat was gone. 42 Ra1? was just a blunder.The quality of play between moves 42 and 50 is remarkably poor for both players.

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