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Carl Ahues vs Akiba Rubinstein
San Remo (1930), San Remo ITA, rd 1, Jan-16
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C75)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  GrahamClayton: After a poor opening by Rubinstein, Alekhine suggested that instead of 12.de5, Ahues could have gained an advantage by 12.d6 ♘b3 13.♕b3 ♘d5 14.♘f7 ♔f7 15.♕d5+ ♗e6 16.♕f3+, followed by d5 and ♘d2.
Apr-21-12  Karpova: After 11...Na5

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Alekhine's analysis: <12.d6! Nxb3 13.Qxb3 Nd5! 14.Nxf7! Kxf7 15.dxc7 Qxc7 16.Qxd5+ Be6 17.Qf3+, and after d5 and Nd2, White has the advantage.>

Keres: <At the end of Alekhine's analysis Black must play 17...Kg8! and the position is unclear.>

Source: Page 274 of J. Donaldson and N. Minev 'The Life and Games of Akiva Rubinstein - Volume 2: The Later Years', 2nd edition, Milford, USA, 2011.

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  keypusher: It's interesting to look at this with an engine.

Shredder rates Black as more than a pawn ahead after 17....Kg8 in Alekhine's/Keres' line, and thinks Black is near winning if 18.d5? e4 (19.Qxe4? Bf7 and White is in dire straits).

Earlier, rather than 11....Na5, Shredder thought Black was much better after 11....Nxd5 12.Nxf7 Kxf7 13.Bxd5+ Kg7, though I'm sure a computer enjoys playing that with Black better than a human would.

In his notes to Euwe vs Keres, 1948 Keres opines that 8.0-0 would be better than Ahues' move, and that after 8.Be3 Black can be satisfied with the quiet 8....Ng6 (though Black has scored +0=0-3 with it on Opening Explorer).

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