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Ilya Rabinovich vs Grigory Levenfish
Moscow (Russia) (1927), Moscow URS
Alekhine Defense: Normal Variation (B02)  ·  0-1



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May-24-05  Bobak Zahmat: Genieus!!!!!
Jul-25-05  woodenbishop: Absolutely brilliant!!
Sep-04-05  Averageguy: Whats so great about this game?
Nov-28-05  child of my tears: 4. Be2 followed by 5. Bf1 is so ugly. Perhaps bishops are better than knights, but they certainly aren't so good you'd want to lose two tempos in the early opening just to keep them.
Nov-28-05  RookFile: Even after this, 6. d4! is not so
bad for white.
Feb-04-06  DeepBlade: I dont know but shouldnt move 10. ...Nh4 give discovered check?

Good game!.

Jun-24-06  Poisonpawns: Beautiful albeit common trap akin to the trap in the two knights defense.If you know that trap this trap is very easy to see .
Oct-05-06  McCool: That was beautiful.
Nov-20-06  Melonhead: Yes. Pretty Game. Deep Blade is right. 10. ... Nh4 should have a +.
Dec-22-06  Rubenus: <AverageGuy> I think it is a joke. I wonder why it is in so many game collections.
Feb-04-07  Dr.Lecter: Wonder if I can do this
Dec-11-08  hedgeh0g: It's hilarious just seeing that bishop poke its head out on move 4, only to be attacked by the knight, at which point it humbly retreats :P
Jun-08-09  roastedrook: I'm sorry but Rabinovich played like a 3 years old kid !!!
Jun-26-10  abstract: sadly i just knew that rabinovich has once scored 0.5 against botvinnik..
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  SteinitzLives: Maybe white should have castled on move 5. Levenfish was an underrated player for sure.
Jun-07-11  Shams: <hedgeh0g> <It's hilarious just seeing that bishop poke its head out on move 4, only to be attacked by the knight, at which point it humbly retreats :P>

We should call 4.Be2 the "Prairie Dog Attack" for this reason.

Mar-13-17  Duracell: White cannot be Joseph Rabinovich (born in 1949), maybe Ilya Leontievich Rabinovich?
Lack of sources, as always.
Mar-13-17  Straclonoor: <Duracell: White cannot be Joseph Rabinovich (born in 1949)> Of course
<maybe Ilya Leontievich Rabinovich?> Or Abram Isaakovich Rabinovich
Mar-13-17  Duracell: Good point.
Nov-10-17  zanzibar: Over at <CT> @bhanul gives the game as

<Rabinovich, Ilya (2567) vs Levenfish, Grigory (2677) Moscow 1927>

Nov-10-17  zanzibar: A quick search on the web shows the game cited in a 1947 edition of Chess Review:

Dec-11-17  schnarre: ...4.d4 or 4.c4 are the most common moves I see. 4.Be2 made no sense, even as a developing move.
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  FSR: No way in hell this was <the> Rabinovich. As people have noted, White played like a beginner.
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  perfidious: Count me amongst the sceptics who rather doubt White was led by Ilya Rabinovich--this gamelet is impossibly weak for a strong master.
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  FSR: The best thing you can say about White's play is that he handled the Alekhine better than this guy: C W Baker vs B Cafferty, 1974
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