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Akiba Rubinstein vs Ernst Gruenfeld
Semmering (1926), Semmering AUT, rd 17, Mar-29
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Alekhine System (D28)  ·  1-0



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Nov-16-03  fred lennox: There's a fallacy among some writers who imply Rubenstein avoids intricacies because he is a man with a "simple" soul, implying the erroneous idea that the more intricate the more complex. True on a superficial level only. It is more accurate to state his imagination favors the broad, sweeping and vigorous. This is why he "tries in every case to avoid the possibilties of intricacies."- Reti

It appears Grunfeld was aiming for a draw with a symmetrical opening and for opposite color bishops ending. Rubinstein broad and forceful play finds a way to conquer.

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  Chessical: Rubinstein could play wonderful combinations but he seems to have been more successful against the top positional players rather than the more dynamic and tactical. From the database: A -4 score with Alekhine (but only after the First World War, when Rubinstein brought out the best in Alkekhine). A significant negative score aginst Bogoljubov (-5); and slight plus scores against Spielmann (+2) and Marshall (+1).

Contrast this to Rubinstein's equal score with Capablanca and his plus scores against , Tarrasch (+7), Schlechter (+6), Reti (+4), Geza Maroczy (+4), Vidmar (+3), and Nimzowitsch (+2).

Divinsky characterised Rubinstein as "a relatively slow artist who would prefer to work in an ivory tower".

Nov-16-03  Benjamin Lau: It's worth noting that Bogojulbov first played Rubinstein in 1919, when World War I had already ended and Rubinstein was on the decline. Alekhine played 4 games with Rubinstein before World War I. Rubinstein won 3-1.
Nov-17-03  aulero: I think also that many players tryed to exploit Rubinstein's extra-chess weekness: it was well known that Rubinstein suffered mental illness.
Jul-08-07  DWINS: What a nice combination to end the game starting with 39.Ra7! with the threat to attack the e pawn with 40.f3, in which case 40...e3 would be impossible because of 41.Rxh7#

40.Bxe4! is a beautiful shot which ends the game.

Jul-22-07  Karpova: After 16.Bxe4 white threatens 17.Bxh7+ Kxh7 18.Qd3+ and 19.Qxd6

The weakness of the Bb6 is also exploited after 16...g6 or 16...h6 after 17.Qd3 and 18.Qc3 directed against the then weakened king's side

But 16...Bc7 or 16...Bb8 fail due to 17.Qc2 (and the moves would look ugly anyway).

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  plang: 8..Be7? is an error losing a tempo. After 14..Bb7 the position is completely symmetrical except for White having an extra move (Rd1) which he immediately takes advantage of. Nice concluding combination.

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