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Efim Bogoljubov vs Akiba Rubinstein
Bogoljubov - Rubinstein (1920), Stockholm SWE, rd 7, Jan-??
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Rubinstein Variation (C48)  ·  1-0



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May-31-05  Whitehat1963: Bogo gets the best of Rubinstein in an interesting endgame.
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  nasmichael: They return to the same ideas in the endgame, without exactly repeating position--over-the-board that would be hard for me to do. Shifting left and right of center, looking for weakness, must be grueling. Finally Bogo sees a weak spot in the armor kingside, after a bishop shift by Akiba, and White runs the pawns to the queening line.
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  offramp: As Black in this game, game 7, AR tried the 4 Knights Defence, Four Knights (C48).

He had already tried Four Knights (C48) in game 3, and lost, and later on he tried again in game 9 and he lost all three. נעבעך ווייַזן!

Do you know the phrase <amour propre>?
I think AR was slightly affronted that EB was trying to roll AR right up like a kipper.
He pondered about this position.

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You see, if there is justice in chess, then HE, AR, should have no problem. He has done nothing wrong: but if he has done nothing wrong then HOW could be facing imminent checkmate/loss of queen.
There was in fact a simple solution:
That could lead to
12. Qh4 Be7!= <Now there could be a instant draw with 13. Qh6. Otherwise....>
13. Re1 h6
14. Bf4 Nf5
15. Qh3 0-0!

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The position has equalized. The cosmos is JUST.

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  offramp: But AR chose poorly. He played 11...Nd6-f5. and ended up with a shattered pawn formation.

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AND he was pawn down. He had a long uphill struggle to look forward to. He had to avoid swapping off his rook: because ♗v♗same colour a down pawn is definitely a loss. He also wanted to exchange off as many pawns.

Of course, Mr Bogo is able to play these endings. He ALSO is on the <qui vive>. Black has been stretched to the limit.

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But White doesn't seem to be making progress. AND there are people watching, shuffling their feet, making snidey comments.

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The players did a 3rd repetition ( I think that was a different rule). But Bogo was puzzled.

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AR should have stonewalled with

White went over to the kingside and won the g-pawn. That is the 2nd weakness.
EB won eventually. Tough game.

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