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Georg Rotlewi vs Akiba Rubinstein
"Rubinstein's Immortal" (game of the day Jan-06-2009)
Lodz (1907), Lodz RUE, rd 6, Dec-26
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  0-1



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Nov-21-15  anandrulez: I came to this game because Anand compares his win over Aronian from 2013 to this game in this Youtube link from Tata Steel press conference Nice ideas from Rubenstein in this game.
Jan-23-16  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I agree with Phony Benoni. I have long thought there is a strong similarity between the two games, on account of the power of the black bishop pair, although Fischer's dark-squared bishop never actually gets to take on d4 or go to e3 via h6.
Jan-24-16  DraganChase: Hi all. I have a limited knowledge about the game. Why didnt the queen take the white bishop in the end Qxf4?
Jan-24-16  DraganChase: I mean the bishop in e4 :/
Jan-24-16  DraganChase: Argh snap!

Rxh2! Mate

Jul-23-16  Toribio3: The power of two bishops was demonstrated by Akiva.
Dec-03-16  hemy: This game was played in round 6 of Lodz tournament at December 26th 1907, Gregorian calendar (December 13th 1907 by Julian calendar). Source: Latvian newspaper in German language "D√ľna Zeitung" 1908.01.19, page 22.
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  offramp: <morfishine: <offramp> On your comment: <I don't understand the constant need to attach the word "Immortal" to a good chess game. What does it signify?> I don't either and I find it irritating and pointless. It all started with "The Immortal Game" Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851...>

I have found one game where the adjective might fit: J Thor vs E Scholl, 1966.

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  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: I don't understand the constant need to attach the word "Immortal" to a good chess game. What does it signify?

A W Fox vs C Curt, 1906 could just as easily be called "Immortal". It is still with us and is one year <older> than Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907.

So A W Fox vs C Curt, 1906 could be called <The Immortaller Game">.>

The infinity plus 1 game!

May-03-17  pureredwhiteblu: I found this beautiful game after watching this great video on Rubinstein.
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  thegoodanarchist: < offramp: <morfishine>, across the ether I shake your hand.

Your final sentence is perfect:

<There has to be a better adjective>.

That, mon ami, is superb.

And I'll suggest one:

"Rubinstein's Masterpiece".

Which is rubbish - but it IS a suggestion.>

However, Rubinstein's Rubbish has a ring to it...

Nov-17-17  Eduardo Bermudez: There are chessgames that last a day and are good. There are others that last a year and are better. There are those who endure many years, and they are very good. But those that last for more a century: those are the essentials
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  offramp: <Eduardo Bermudez: There are chessgames that last a day and are good. There are others that last a year and are better. There are those who endure many years, and they are very good. But those that last for more a century: those are the essentials>

I have applied to the South Dakota Congress of Elders to have these resounding words sculpted on to the other side of Mount Rushmore and they have said YEEEEES!!!

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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
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  HarryP: This game is always a pleasure. What fun!
Apr-03-19  Joseph Blackcape: Always an incredible game and one of my all time favourites. Long, long before there was the Internet, YouTube and videos like "Kasparov Sacrifices Everything!", a withdrawn Polish Jewish grandmaster has played THIS. When I was a little kid and just discovered chess I have first heard of Rubinstein as an endgame and particularly Rook endgame master. One of my very first chess books was in fact about him and even the subtitle said something about playing endings. Imagine my surprise when the first game in the book was this one. I replayed it again and again and could not understand how something like this could be seen and played over the board.

Last year for the first time I ran this game through an engine. Outside of the opening almost every single one of Akiba's moves is one of the engine's top 3 choices - usually the first. In fact the engine is also fine with almost all of Rotlewi's moves too. 10. Qe2 considered a blunder by both Tarrasch and Tartakower is apparently OK, keeping the game at about 0.03-0.05. Only the 19. e5, ignored by both of them is considered a really bad move that has the evaluation drop down from ~-0.7 to ~-3.1. The engine then claims Rotlewi makes the moves most prolonging the game except for 22. g3 which makes the evaluation drop even further by another 3+ points (which makes sense since it now completely opens the h1-a8 diagonal which was started by e5), but by then the game is already lost.

Jun-29-19  Kay Sadeeya: I couldn't stop going over and over the end of this game (which to me began at 19.e5). It's like watching someone walk through a field of a thousand land mines, but he doesn't flinch because he put the land mines there.
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  moronovich: Hi <Kay Sadeeya> !

Many years later Anand with the black pieces defeated Aronian (perhaps 7-9 years ago).It is a must see game.

Jun-29-19  john barleycorn: It is this game

Aronian vs Anand, 2013

where Anand commented "know your classics" meaning the Rubinstein game here

Jul-02-19  Kay Sadeeya: <moronovich> Thank You I will watch it.
Jun-08-20  paradoxicalenigma: Bishop Pair from hell it is!
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  Honza Cervenka: 21...Qh4 is winning in all lines but black could play also 21...Nxh2 22.Qh5 (of course, the Knight cannot be taken for mate) 22...Bxe4 23.Kxh2 Bxg2 24.Kxg2 Rd2+ and 25...Rxb2 with easily won game.
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  Messiah: Well done!
Aug-10-21  olinart: My grandparents used to talk about their relative who was a wonderful chessplayer but made a bad decision to stay in Europe when the rest of the family was bailing. Really a special pleasure to see such a brilliant game from him. Too bad that chess skills don't seem to be inheritable. Rxc3 and Rd2 were amazing.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Yes, have commented upon this game before, but after 3 glasses of Edelzwicker, it becomes easy to comment again. This time, to comment upon the quality of the annotations. At first, Schlechter and Tartakower evaluate the game objectively and find improvements that would have given White a satisfactory game. However, by the end they have become giddy fans of the game--just as I have.
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