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Georg Salwe vs Akiba Rubinstein
Match (1907), Lodz RUE, Oct-29
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Italian Four Knights Variation (C50)  ·  0-1



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  Chessical: A beautiful decoy Q sacrifice by Rubinstein who improves on a previous game against the same opponent

Salwe vs Rubinstein, 1906

Salwe is using a favourite Giuoco Pianissimo variation in which he advances on the K-side. Rubinstein frustrates his efforts.

11.g4 Salwe likes this plan, but Rubinstein takes out the sting from it. Later Salwe improved by inserting c3 here: 11.c3 Kh8 12.a4 Ne7 13.Bb3 f5 14.a5 fxe4 15.dxe4 Bxf3 16.gxf3 Bxe3 17.fxe3 Ng6 18.Qe2 Salwe-Schlechter, Vienna 1908

21.d4 Bxc2 22.Qxc2 exd4 23.exd4 Ne4 would have been uninspiring, but now Rubinstein's attack gains in strength.

32.32.g5 Rg6 33.Rg1 Rc8 34.Rg4 Bxd5 35.e4 Rc2 puts up a desperate last ditch resistance. Now Rubsintein constructs a sacrificial mating attack.

33.Qxd2 Rh6 34.Kg1 Qg3+

35.Rfxd2 Qe1+!! a decisive decoy sacrifice. If 36.Nf1 Rh6+ 37.Rh2 (37.Kg1 f2+ 38.Rxf2 Rh1 mate) 37...Qf2!! 38.Qxe4 Qg2 mate.

Salwe does not need to see 39.Kh3 Rh6+ 40.Kg3 Qxh2+ 41.Kf3 Rh3 mate

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  Gypsy: Nice notes <Chessical>.
Apr-14-15  A.T PhoneHome: Just wow. I'm surprised this game has so few kibitzes...

Rubinstein sacrifices his Queen with <35...Qe1+> to force Rook to capture, <36.Rxe1>, after which <36...f2+> gives a discovered check to which White ALSO has to respond with a capture, <37.Qxe4>, then <37...fxe1=(Q)+> queens the pawn plus captures the Rook WITH check and after King moves to g2 the newly-promoted Queen captures the last Rook and THAT TOO comes with check.

What an abrupt yet brilliant ending!

Apr-14-15  Howard: Since you're apparently into Rubenstein's games now, you might want to check out his famous endgame against Mattison from the Carlsbad 1929 event.
Apr-14-15  A.T PhoneHome: <Howard> Thank you!
Apr-15-15  Howard: No'll get my bill at the end of the month, as always.
Apr-18-15  Howard: This game, by the way, was from a match that the two of them played in 1907.

According to Donaldson and Minev's books on the Polish endgame wizard, there is some doubt as to exactly when in 1907 the match took place though.

Dec-17-15  JerryCotten: 21. d4 exd4!? 22. Nxd4 Qe5 23. Qf3 Bxc2 24. Nxc2 Qf4 = was an Option
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  mifralu: According to Rubinstein's Chess Masterpieces: 100 Selected Games, Akiba Rubinstein, ‎Hans Kmoch - 1960, p.32 this game was played at
< 5th All-Russian Tournament Lodz 1907/08>

...and in Rigasche Rundschau, 12 January 1908

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