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Esteban Canal vs Akiba Rubinstein
Karlsbad (1929), Karlsbad CSR, rd 17, Aug-20
Zukertort Opening: Nimzo-Larsen Variation (A04)  ·  0-1



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Jan-11-07  Karpova: Kmoch: <A materpiece of technique. After the opening, Canal drifted into an unfavorable position, which, however, was in nowise lost. But Rubinstein maintained this small advantage with inimitable precision, and translated it into victory.>
Jul-25-07  Karpova: Kmoch doesn't like 8.d3? and suggests 8.d4. That's because it's a symmetrical position so the one who advances in the centre first gets the attack. Here's a more recent example which ends in a draw: Blatny vs H U Gruenberg, 1989 but sadly black didn't choose the most courageous move like Rubinstein did - 8...d5!

Actually 8.Nc3 seems to be the most popular approach: Taimanov vs Averbakh, 1992 or Adorjan vs Sax, 1982

Here's an example for 8.d4: Rashkovsky vs Vaganian, 1979

Mar-22-18  PaperSlim: This game is so passive it almost doesn't look like chess. Its like both players said, 'You do something, No you'
Jan-25-20  tigreton: This is not passive, but deep chess. Akiba keeps the pressure continously and step by step achieves small advantages that eventually make White position collapse. At that time Canal was a very strong player. Really instructive.
Jul-20-21  tbontb: Rubinstein takes the initiative then presses patiently against the White hedgehog formation though the game remains objectively equal for a long time. At last 59.Rf3 is a clear error allowing transposition to a winning endgame, as Rubinstein demonstrates. Instead, 59.f5+ gxf5 60.Rf3 Ra7 61.Rf4 Qe5 is an engine suggestion, still roughly equal and keeping the game alive.

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