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Akiba Rubinstein vs Peter Evtifeev
4th All Russian Tournament (1906), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 5, Jan-10
Old Indian Defense: Czech Variation w/Nc3 (A53)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Chessical: Somehow Evtifeev survives despite Rubinstein breaking through at <f7>.

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Perhaps <27. a3> was too slow.

<27. Qf3> was worthy of consideration, for example, <27. Qf3> Qc6 (black has few useful options) 28. Qg3 h4 29. Qg4 Re7 30. Rf6 Rh7 31. Bxg6! fxg6 32. Qxg6+ Kd7 33. Rxe6 Qxe6 34. Rf6 Rhg7 35. Rxe6 Rxg6 36. Rxg6

Dec-24-19  lentil: I'd bet Rubinstein missed 30. ... O-O!
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  AylerKupp: 29.Rxf7 just doesn't work. I considered that possibility earlier after 24...Ne6 and 25...g6 and it leads at best to equality. It was an unfortunate decision on Rubinstein's part since at d=30 Stockfish 10 evaluated the resulting positions at [+2.78] and above (likely winning for White) after either 29.Kh2, 29.Kh1, or 29.Bc1. It seems that according to Stockfish White has a stranglehold on the position and all it has to do is make semi-waiting moves to improve its position slightly and Black soon runs out of reasonable replies.

Instead Rubinstein tried to force things and the best he could get out of it was a draw. But at least I can say that both Rubinstein and I thought along the same lines. :-)

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