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Akiba Rubinstein vs Ossip Bernstein
San Sebastian (1911), San Sebastian ESP, rd 3, Feb-23
Scandinavian Defense: Lasker Variation (B01)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  tamar: Rubinstein's held winning advantages against Teichmann, Vidmar, Bernstein, and Marshall in the first four rounds of San Sebastian only to draw each.

Rubinstein carelessly moved 41 Kb3 allowing perpetual when 41 Kb1 leads to a win.

41 Kb1 Qe1+ 42 Kc2 Qc3+ 43 Kd1 Qb3+ 44 Ke1 Qc3+ 45 Ke2 Qc4+ 46 Qd3 and White will soon take over the attack as the checks will end.

Did he miss other wins as well?

Jan-19-11  GilesFarnaby: <tamar: Did he miss other wins as well?>

23.Nd3 (the logical follow up of Bd2, which was actually played a move earlier!) would have been a positional victory, winning the exchange or trapping the Queen.

In gral. Akiba didnĀ“t exploit enough the cramped position of the Queen and he probably planned a too sharp a game for his style (only the miraculous 41.Kb1 -as already pointed out- would have achived the full point), maybe he underestimated his opponent.

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  tamar: <GilesFarnaby> 23 Nd3 is an excellent find. I see no hope for Black.

Rybka confirms your move as definitely winning 23 Nd3! Ne4 24 Be3 (24 Qxe4 Rxd4) 24...f5 25 d5 and Black is too tangled up to avoid losing the exchange or several pawns. 2.51/20

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The pieces clustered around Black's King are comical getting in each other's way.

Aug-03-11  libertyjack: I'm guessing 9. ... e5 is dubious but could someone show me why? Thanks.
Aug-03-11  sneaky pete: <libertyjack> 9... e5 looks suicidal after 10.Bc4 .. (threats 11.Nb5.. and 11.dxe5 .. and after 10...exd4 11.Rhe1+ .. first). Why would black open the e-file before castling?
Aug-29-11  libertyjack: Thanks <sneky pete>, you're completely right.
Nov-25-12  ughaibu: When was he winning this one: Vidmar vs Rubinstein, 1911

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