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Akiba Rubinstein vs Efim Bogoljubov
Bogoljubov - Rubinstein (1920), Stockholm SWE, rd 8, Jan-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Romanishin Variation (E20)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-28-03  ughaibu: It's quite possible that Rubinstein had worked out the plan for the full realisation of his attack. It took more than twenty moves to prove the soundness of the sacrifice.
Mar-28-03  evertoexcel: I guess this proves that anyone can fall victim to a back rank mate : )
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  tamar: Rubinstein's attack with 19 Qg6 is of the insanely difficult variety.

Not only is the initial position hard to assess, but there are several positions where Bogoljubov can choose two plausible paths, and the plan against each is different and far from obvious.

For example, after 26 Qxg7+

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Black has two options: 26...Ke7 and 26...Ke8

Against 26...Ke7 the game continued 27 Nh4! Rh8 28 Nf5+ Kd8 and here Rubinstein missed the quicker 29 Nd6! Qa4 30 Bxb7 which would have crowned his attack.

Against 26...Ke8 Rubinstein would have to have planned 27 Ng5 Ke7 28 Nxf7 Rg8 29 Qh7! and White is completely winning although even the computers take a few moments to register this.

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Oct-02-13  ColdSong: Dont know if Bogoljubow lost this game because he was Bogoljubow, or if Rubinstein won it because he was Rubinstein,but in my opinion some Houdini's advices are definitely required in this kind of mess.Because it's Houdini.
Jun-14-19  FlankOpening: White losses after move 36. h5. If Rook captures, White is not able to defend checkmate properly. Missed opportunity for Bogoljubov!
Jun-14-19  Mr. President: Much better would have been < 29.Nd6 !! >

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e.g. < 29 ... Kc7 30. Rb1 >

Jun-14-19  neurosurfer71: 36.... rook h8 x h5 ?? 37.Queen g7 x rook f8+ ... King c7 38. Queen f8 x Knight f7+...King moves 39.Rook g6-g8+ ... Knight b6-c8 40.Qf7 x rook h5 ... Qe4-b1 + 41.King g1 1-0
Oct-07-19  PJs Studio: 42.Nxc4+\-

Looks like an error, wins on the spot Rubinstein was special!!

Oct-07-19  RookFile: Bogo was good for dynamic chess but Rubinstein was able to stay in control of this game.
Jul-22-20  zydeco: This looks like the first Nimzo-Indian. Why doesn't Bogoljubov get credit for it?
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  OhioChessFan: Note to myself to revisit this game.
Jul-29-20  Straclonoor: <36.... rook h8 x h5 ?? 37.Queen g7 x rook f8+ ... King c7> Not 37....Kc7 but 37.....Nc8! (see analysis below)

Analysis by Stockfish 060620 64 BMI2:

-+ (-17.28): 36...Rxh5 37.Qxf8+ Nc8 38.Qxc8+ Kxc8 39.Rg8+ Kc7 40.Nd5+ Kc6 41.f3 Qb1+ 42.Kf2 Rh2+ 43.Ke3 Qg1+ 44.Ke4 Nd6+ 45.Kxe5 Nc4+ 46.Kf6 Nxd2 47.Nf4 Nf1 48.Rg6 Nxg3 49.Kf7+ Kb5 50.a4+ Kxa4 51.Rg4 Kb3 52.Ng6 Rxe2 53.Rg5 Qf2 54.f4 Kxc3 55.Rd5 Kc4 56.Rg5 Qf3 57.Kg8 Kb5 58.Kg7 Nh5+ 59.Rxh5 Qxh5 60.Ne5 Rg2+ 61.Kf6

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