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Fyodor Duz-Khotimirsky vs Akiba Rubinstein
"The Tables Turned" (game of the day Jan-27-2014)
Lodz (1907), Lodz RUE
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Rubinstein Variation (D61)  ·  0-1



Annotations by Carl Schlechter.      [11 more games annotated by Schlechter]

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  Sneaky: Wow, Chotimirsky plays 5.Be2? and burns a whole tempo. (Yes, I think it's fair to give it a question mark! White just handed Black not only equality, but the ADVANTAGE!!)

Color all the Black pieces White, the White pieces black, then turn the board upside down, oh yes and hold it in front a mirror too. Viola! You have the Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox variation.

Rubinstein of course knew exactly what was going on, and proceded with the attack that bears his namesake. I suspect that Dus had a prepared line to use against him, that he was hoping to play into. I guess it backfired.

Also see the same opening in practice, with better success: Dus Chotimirsky vs Janowski, 1907 1-0

Apr-15-03  Calli: Interesting about the opening being a QGD reversed. Rubinstein outplays Dus Chotimirsky in the ending. White still has drawing chances when Black plays 40...Rg8! Now white can't capture the d pawn because black takes at g4 with check and then gets another white pawn at b4: 41.fxe6 fxe6 42.Bxd5 exd5 43.Rxd5? Rxg4+ 44.Kf2 Rxb4

So to avoid the check at g4 he plays 41.Kf2?? and threatens at d5. Now Rubinstein's 41...Nf6! removes the threat at d5 and wins a pawn. White can play 41.fxe6 fxe6 42.Bxd5 exd5 43.Kf2 with some drawing chances in the rook ending.

Mar-29-11  talisman: 2 '03 guys still with their avatars...and good comments. Sneaky come back to the Fischer page!
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  al wazir: I wish the commentators had said something in their notes about 21. Bxg4 Qg5 22. Bf3 Nf4.
Jan-27-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: I don't understand not recapturing the pawn at Move 40. Did they have 40th-move time pressure in those days?
Jan-27-14  mike1: Al Wazir: see Schlechter's notes in the game: 21.Bxg4 Ne3
Jan-27-14  ThumbTack: <mike1><al wazir> 20.Bxg4 Ne3 21.Rxe3 Rxd1+ 22.Rxd1 Qg5 23.Bf3 and SF4 shows White down less than a pawn. Better than the way the game actually went and certainly a more interesting battle. I don't think 20.Bxg4 deserves a ?.
Jan-27-14  Edeltalent: A "sibling" game with colors reversed is Alekhine vs Yates, 1910

In that game, Yates actually took the g-pawn with the Bishop, but it didn't help him either.

Jan-27-14  Ferro: "Big fish"
Jan-27-14  gauer: Games Like Rubinstein vs Teichmann, 1907 (colours reversed search in the notes after P-QN3 mentioned above) also shows other games annotated by Lasker (and others also had some notes to add about that style of play as the opening position was being debated in those earlier years).
Apr-13-15  A.T PhoneHome: The first endgame maestro treating us once again to a beautiful endgame.

It was Akiba Rubinstein who showed that endgames are artistic and not "that boring part with only a few pieces".

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  keypusher: Give Dus some credit -- he played the pawn-down endgame aggressively and creatively up to move 40. Schlechter appears to be right that White had a forced draw with 40.Bxd5. So could Rubinstein have played better earlier?

38....Ne3 39.Be4 Rf6 40.Kf2 Nc4 41.Bd3 Nd6 keeps the ending alive, but it looks like it will be very hard to win. Instead after 38....Rh5? 39.g4! Rh4 is no better than the game continuation: 40.Bxd5 exd5 41.Kg2! Kd6 (41....Rxg4+ 42.Kf3 and Rxd5 is even simpler for White) 42.g5 and Black seems to have no winning chances at all.

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  keypusher: <It was Akiba Rubinstein who showed that endgames are artistic and not "that boring part with only a few pieces".>

Harrwitz vs Morphy, 1858

Winawer vs Steinitz, 1882

Lasker vs Steinitz, 1894

I would say the first endgame maestro was Philidor. Or maybe Scipione Genovino.

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