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Henry Ernest Atkins vs Akiba Rubinstein
London (1922), London ENG, rd 6, Aug-07
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Botvinnik Variation (D60)  ·  1-0



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Aug-11-07  sanyas: Why not 19...♕xc3?
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: I think after 20 Bxh7+ Kxh7 21 Qh4+ Kg8 22 Rd3 White should win.
May-07-08  Gilmoy: Too hasty: <22.Rd3??> Qxa1+ :)

So White moves the QR first. 20.Rac1 (now d4 is poisoned, and Nb6-b7 are skewerable, so not Qb2) Qa5 21.Rc7, or 20.Rab1 Qc7 21.Rb3, with compensation. With a 3-on-1 K-side attack in progress, White would gladly sac a pawn for a rook lift.

Rubinstein agreed that his h7 was too weak for any pawn-grubbing.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Oops.
Feb-07-15  Bartacus: The tournament book gives 29...Be4! leaving Black with the better game. The main point is 30 Be4 Re5!, and White can't capture on e5 twice due to the rook on d1 being unprotected. I really like how ...Be4! exploits the weaknesses in White's game.
Jan-19-18  cwcarlson: 29...♗e4 30.♖g3 ♖d4 31.♖b1 ♖cd5? (31...♕d8 -+ Houdini) 32.h3= Tartakover; 30.♕h4! ♔f8 31.♕e4! ♘e4 32.♖h8 ♔e7 33.♖d8= Houdini.
Jul-30-20  zydeco: This must have been an excruciating loss by Rubinstein - as evidenced by a spite move like 34....Bf3+. He had been off to a great start and needed to maintain that pace to keep up with Alekhine and Capablanca.
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  MissScarlett: Atkins could've been world champion any time he wanted. It's Lasker, Capa and Alekhine that were lucky!
Jul-30-20  Sally Simpson: ***

Not too sure if it 34...Bf3+ is a spite check, it is not without a spot of humour.

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White has 6 legal replies. 35. Ke3 losses right away to 35...Qc3+

So that leaves White five ways to take on f3. Two should lose, (Rxf3 and Nxf3) two can feasibly keep the game going (Kxf3 and Qxf3) , only 35.gxf3 makes it clearly resignable.


Jun-05-22  tbontb: Atkins masses his heavy pieces for a K-side attack culminating in 28.Rxh6 but Rubinstein defends uncharacteristically weakly. The immediate 28....Rxd4 29.Qxd4 gxh6 30.Qf4 Rd8 31.Rxd8+ Qxd8 limits White to a small advantage, while later 29....Be4 30.Ra1 Rd4 31.Nf3 Rf5 32.Qe3 e5 also fights back to equality.

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