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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Akiba Rubinstein
San Sebastian (1912), San Sebastian ESP, rd 16, Mar-11
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Classical Variation Marshall Gambit (C48)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-30-04  aurelian: This game is very thoughtfully annotated by Winkelman in Rubinstein's Chess Masterpieces, albeit I'd love to get my hands on the consummate double-volume Rubinstein biography and game anthology. =)
Apr-30-04  Calli: IIRC, Barnie Winkelman only did the tranlation. Hans Kmoch did the annototions. Originally in German.
Jun-13-05  fred lennox: This game shows skill in the bishop pair advantage. 18...f6 19...h5 is restricting the knight. 20...Be3, placing the bishop on a strong diagonal. 22...a5 and 23...b4 to open diagonals. 33...Rb7. Bishop pair favors endgame play, so exchanging usually in it's favor. Trading at least one pair of rooks make the bishops and king more powerful, or the opposing king weaker. He gives up the bishop pair to create another advantage, a won endgmae. The playing has an almost axiomic simplicity to it typical of Rubinstein.
Jul-14-07  Karpova: The black pieces on d4 give white a hard time - as soon as one of his own pieces enters d4 he resigns after Akiba's reply.
Nov-26-07  parmetd: What book is this?
Nov-26-07  Karpova: <parmetd: What book is this?>

Have a look at this game collection:
Game Collection: Rubinstein's Chess Masterpieces

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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Playing an endgame against Rubinstein must have felt like one person trying to stop a glacier by pushing against it. One interesting detail is how Tarrasch tried to penetrate down the c-file with a Rook, and how Black "distracts" him long enough until the King can reach d6 and end the plan for good.
Feb-28-12  master of defence: This game is fabulous. The brazilian book Xadrez Básico-Orfeu Gilberto d' Agostini comments very well this game. But better for Rubintein is 43...Bxd3! After 44. Bxd5 Bf1!!(44...Kxd5 45. Kxe3 can draw)45. Bb7! Bxh3 46. Ba6!! Kc3!!! 47. Kg3! Kb2 48. Bc4 Bf1 49. Bxf1 Kxa2 50. Kf3 Bh6 51. Bb5 Kb3 52. Ke4 a4 53. Kd3 a3 and wins.
Jul-22-14  Marcelo Bruno: <master of defence> Sorry, but the author of this playing line belongs to Reuben Fine. D'Agostini only mentions it.
Sep-03-19  whiteshark: <But better for Rubintein is 43...Bxd3!> Indeed.

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White to move

1) -4.78 (31 ply) 44.Bd1 Bc4 45.a3 Kd3 46.Nf4+ Kd2 47.Ba4 d4 48.Nh5 Bd5+ 49.Kg3 d3 50.g5 fxg5 51.Nxg7 Kc3 52.Ne6 d2 53.Bd1 Bb3 54.Bf3 d1=Q 55.Bxd1 Bxd1 56.f6 Bh5 57.Ng7 Bf7 58.Kg4 Kb3 59.Nf5 Be6 60.Kf3 Bc5 61.Ke4 Kxa3 62.Ng3 Kb4 63.Ke5 Bb3 64.Ne4 Be3 65.Kf5 a4 66.Nxg5

2) -5.25 (31 ply) 44.Bxd5 Bf1 45.Bc6 Bxh3 46.Bb5 Bf2 47.Be8 Be1 48.Bf7 Bf1 49.Be6 Kd3 50.Kf4 Be2 51.Bc8 Bd2+ 52.Kg3 Ke3 53.Kh4 Kf4 54.Kh5 Bxg4+ 55.Kg6 Be3 56.Be6 Ke5 57.a3 Kf4 58.Kxg7 Bxf5 59.Bxf5 Kxf5 60.Kf7 Ke5

3) -5.44 (31 ply) 44.a3 Bc1 45.Bd1 Kc3 46.a4 Be4+ 47.Kg3 d4 48.Nf2 Bc6 49.Nh3 Bd5 50.Ng1 d3 51.Kf2 Kd2 52.Bf3 Bb3 53.Bc6 Kc3 54.Nf3 d2 55.Nxd2 Kxd2 56.Bd7 Bb2 57.Kf3 Bc2 58.Kg3 Ke3 59.Kh4 Kf4 60.Kh5 Bd1 61.Kg6 Bxg4 62.Kxg7

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

Jun-06-20  paradoxicalenigma: The Bishop pair are truly the star of the match. Its really noteworthy how they keep both the knight and the light-squared bishop restricted throughout the endgame. Infact the dark-square bishop really does a wonderful job keeping the knight out of the game. Rubenstein did a great work keeping the postion open.
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  nizmo11: 43...Bxd3 is a nice variant.
But has the earlier part of the ending been analyzed somewhere?

Stockfish thinks that Tarrasch could have defended with 37.Re2+!
In the game after Rc2 Black exchanged Rooks on the c-file and the Bishop pair-decided. Now, after 37.Re2 Kd6 38.f5! White is threatening Re6+ and now for example
- 38...Be5 39.Rd2
- 38...Bb5 39.Nf4
and White is defending.

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  Messiah: Terrible knight!
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  kingscrusher: At move 11...Qb6 seems really strong

Simple Example: 0-0-0 then Nxb3+ and Be3 pinning queen

Siegbert Tarrasch - Akiba Rubinstein 0-1 16.0, San Sebastian 1912

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Analysis by Stockfish 15 - 3 threads max:

1. -+ (-3.30): 12.a4 b4 13.Ne2 a5 14.Nxd4 Bxd4 15.Rb1 Ng4 16.Qe2 Nxe5 17.fxe5 Rxe5 18.Bf4 Re8 19.Kd2 dxe4 20.Bxf7+ Kxf7 21.Qh5+ Ke7 22.Bg5+ Bf6 Black has a decisive advantage

(Gavriel, 10.03.2023)

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