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Akiba Rubinstein vs Gyula Breyer
18th DSB Congress, Breslau (1912), Breslau GER, rd 3, Jul-17
Rat Defense: See also: Modern Defense (for lines with ...g6) (A41)  ·  1-0



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Jan-29-04  PizzatheHut: Could someone help me and explain how 14. Qc1 is Rubenstein's "Secret Weapon"? Does it have some deep strategic purpose other than the defense of the b-pawn?
Jan-29-04  Whitehat1963: <PissatheHut> I don't see deep strategic purpose, perhaps the "secret weapon" comment refers to Rubinstein's use of Qc1 in celebrated wins over Capablanca and Lasker. By the way, this is a remarkable game. From move 15 to the end it seems like one long combination, though I doubt it was calculated through like that from so early on.
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  Honza Cervenka: Here this Rubinstein's speciality is not very impressive, because he could have won the game immediately playing 14.exf6. For example, 14...Qxf4 15.Qe1+ Kd8 16.Nd5 Qd6 17.fxg7 Bxg7 18.Qh4+ and 19.Qxh5 winning a piece or 14...Bc5+ 15.Kh1 Qxf4 16.fxg7 Rg8 17.Qe1+ Be7 (17...Be3 18.Nd5 ) 18.Qxe7+ Kxe7 19.Nd5+ and 20.Nxf4 etc.
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  tamar: The game struck me because it was the third time I had seen Rubinstein play Qc1 combining offense and defense. Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1909
Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1911
Strategically, <Pizzahut>, the move protects b2 and the ♗ on f4, maintains the threat against the ♘f6, and most importantly, prepares the push e6 which opens the position. <Honza> You're right. It is strange Rubinstein would miss the queen sacrifice on move 18 in your line after 14 exf6 , but perhaps he was thinking more how to limit black's activity in an already winning position. Funnily enough, Rubinstein also played 15. Qc1 in his other encounter with Breyer that year, but I see no other reason there except it was attacked. Rubinstein vs Breyer, 1912
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  Sneaky: You guys say that 14.♕c1 protects b2, but really b2 doesn't require protection, e.g. 14.♕c2 ♕xb2?? 15.♖fb1
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  keypusher: Strangely enough, in the other game in which he played Breyer, Rubinstein played ...Qc8!

Breyer vs Rubinstein, 1920

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