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Reuben Fine vs Harry Golombek
Hastings (1935/36), Hastings ENG, rd 7, Jan-02
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E34)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-21-06  woodenbishop: Fine played very tactical chess in this game. He exemplified the importance of mobility and creative placement of his pieces.
Sep-21-06  weary willy: Is this game score correct? Why doesn't white play 31. Bxa8?!
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  Bishoprick: Chess blindness?
Mar-01-09  Kangaroo: Perhaps, <14 ... Rfd8> was a mistake, and instead <14 ... Rad8> was played. When players write down moves like <14 ... Rd8> it is quite a common mystery to filter out ambiguities from the score.
Mar-01-09  Shams: <Kangaroo> good point, although against the hanging pawns on c4 and d4 14...Rfd8 looks much more natural. Since 31...Rad8 32.Qe6! mating wins for white, it's possible Fine just was in a mood to force the winning endgame. I agree it looks strange though.
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  Phony Benoni: The alternative 14...Rad8 is possible, but there are problems with it as well. For instance, 15...Be8 looks particularly stupid in that case, blocking the rook on f8. Also, consider the position after 19...Bc6 had Black played 14...Rad8:

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White has the shot 20.Bb4! winning the exchange.
By the time we get down to the position after 30...Kf8:

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There are a couple of reasons White may not have taken the free rook. Around that point in the game, time pressure (on both sides) could be a possibility; if Black moved the rook reflexively after 31.Ba3, then 32.Qe6 would be even more crushing than in the game. So Black would have had to let the rook hang anyway, and White lost nothing by delaying its capture. (Though he probably should have taken it instead of playing 32.Qe6.)

This is all speculation, though, and it would be nice to be sure. Maybe Reuben just went in for one too many refinements.

Jan-01-10  Keith Dow: The reason we don't see

31. BxR

has to be time pressure. White then threatens mate in one with

32. Qe8

Aug-07-14  javacertified: Yes, the game score is incorrect.
365chess has the correct score, where Black's 11th move was: .. Rc8, not .. a6. So the rook was never en prize.

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