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Semion Alapin vs Akiba Rubinstein
Prague (1908), Prague AUH, rd 11, Jun-01
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation (C30)  ·  0-1



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Jul-07-07  Karpova: Another positional masterpiece from Akiba!

Though he has the white pieces Alapin gets trussed up completely.

9.f5 allowing 9...Nd4 wasn't so good.

The black knight is incredibly active and thereby indirectly protects Rubinstein's pawns: 39.Rxf6? Rd3+ 40.Kf2 Nxe4+
45.Rxf6? Rd1+ 46.Kf2 Ng4+

The way Rubinstein gains control of the d-file and makes use of it is more than just instructive!

Apr-23-11  bolek88: What do you think about 11.Bh6 and next Nxb5 ?
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  Sastre: If 11.Bh6, Black is fine after 11...Ng6 12.Nxb5 gxh6 13.fxg6 hxg6.
May-14-17  Count von Twothree: It's a bit strange that most commentators decline to comment on 10...Nxc2, winning, instead of Rubinstein's rather unpretentious 10...Nxb5. One simple line is 11.Kd1 Nxa1 12.Bh6 Nxf5 13.exf5 Qf6.
May-23-17  vonKrolock: < 10...Nxc2, winning, instead of Rubinstein's rather unpretentious 10...Nxb5.> Agreed. If 11.Ke2!? then it could follow 11...Na1 12.Bh6 Nxf5! or 12...Ng6! with a comfortable advantage.
Jun-12-21  tbontb: In the ending, Rubinstein once again dominates the open d-file, methodically restricting the enemy position while exchanging off any active White pieces. Faced with the threat of an eventual ....f5, White seeks counterplay but 35.bxc4 loses quickly (better 35.g3 f5, still with advantage to Black). The active Black pieces dominate their White counterparts, winning material while simultaneously protecting the Black pawns tactically (e.g. 45....Ne3).

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