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Boris Verlinsky vs Akiba Rubinstein
Moscow (1925), Moscow URS, rd 14, Nov-28
Reti Opening: Advance Variation. Michel Gambit (A09)  ·  1-0



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Jun-15-03  Pterodactylus: I sure this game did nothing to help Rubinstein’s problematic nerves! After the simple 49… Bc2 white can safely and justly resign. A beautiful game ruined.
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  Honza Cervenka: 50...Bc2 still should have won the game.
Nov-13-06  The17thPawn: <Honza Cervenka> After 49...Bc2 or 50...Bc2 does Qf4 provide any meaningful resistance for white? Qg5+ to follow looks troublesome and a back rank check only sets up a perpetual. Please provide me your feedback if your willing as your board vision is definitely better than my own.
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  Honza Cervenka: <The17thPawn> There is no need to be worry about one or two Queen's checks. For example 50...Bc2 51.Qf4 Rd1+ 52.Kg2 e2 leaves white facing the threat e1=Q which cannot be solved by 53.Nxe2 for 53...Rxe2+ 54.Kg3 Rg1#. If white gives his check now - 53.Qg5+, then after 53...Kf7 he has only two other reasonable Queen checks - 54.Qxh5+ and 54.Qf4+. The first possibility, i.e. 54.Qxh5+ Bg6 leaves him without any other good check and attacked Queen still facing e1=Q. The second possible check, i.e. 54.Qf4+, is not much better for 54...Ke8 55.Qb8+ (what else?) 55...Rd8 and once again the Queen is under attack, no check available and e1=Q threat hangs in the air.:-)
Nov-14-06  The17thPawn: <Honza Cervenka> - Thanks Honza. Believe it or not I completely missed 54.Qxh5+, Bg6 which stops white in his tracks. Thanks for taking off my blind fold.
Aug-11-08  Jesspatrick: Yes. 50...Rf7?? tossed away a decisive advantage. Instead, 50...Bc2 is crushing. There is no good answer to the threatened ...Rd1.

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