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Akiba Rubinstein vs Siegbert Tarrasch
St. Petersburg (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 7, Apr-30
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Chessical: This is an excellent game of positional chess, that was ahead of its time.

Rubinstein outplays Tarrasch with precise and polished chess, but then lets his accomplished opponent slip out of his grasp. Then Tarrasch holds the game despite Rubinstein's best efforts.

If Rubinstein had not played 29.Qd4 immediately, but instead <29.Be4!> Re7 30.f5 gxf5 31.Rxf5 Qe8 32.Qd4 Re5 33.Rf6; he would have maintained his advantage.

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  beatgiant: On 37. dxc6, I think the idea is 37...d5 38. Rd4 Ne4+ 39. Bxe4 Qxf4+.
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  keypusher: Tarrasch's note from the tournament book after 1. c4 e5 startles the modern reader:

<If the Sicilian game really is as bad as its reputation, then it cannot become good simply through a single move more, namely the first move. As a result, c4 can be answered unhesitatingly with ...c5.>

There were 75 games played at St. Petersburg, and 51 of them began 1. e4. But there wasn't a single Sicilian Defense in the whole tournament.

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