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Samuel Factor vs Akiba Rubinstein
Lodz (1916)
Spanish Game: Exchange. Alekhine Variation (C68)  ·  0-1



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Aug-27-04  Whitehat1963: What was D decisive factor here, Samuel?
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  tamar: The ♘ (Ng6-h8!-f7-h6-g4) and the ♗ (Bg4-e6-f7-g6-h7) do a little dance to put maximum pressure on e4. Then 42...f5 comes at a time when it is not possible to play 43 e5 Bxe5! 44 fxe5 Nxe5 45 Ke3 f4+!
Nov-14-04  Calli: <Tamar> What do you think of 43 e5 Bxe5! 44 Ng3
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  tamar: <What do you think of 43 e5 Bxe5! 44 Ng3> 44 Ng3 makes sense, to try to limit the damage and counter-attack on h5. I have to admit, I thought instantly about refuting it with 44...Bb8 45 Nxh5 Ne5+ picking up the g1 bishop, but that is a very unsound idea Shredder is telling me as the e pawn becomes a monster after the exchanges. What would you recommend for Black after 44 Ng3?
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  tamar: <calli>if 43 e5 Bxe5! 44 Ng3! Bf6 45 Nxh5 Bxh4 46 Re6 Rg6 47 Rxg6 Bxg6 48 Ng3 Ne5+! White can try various ways to avoid this tactic, but it seems to come in anyway. If instead 46 Rd1 Rf7 47 Nf1 Bg6 48 Nhg3 Ne5+! 49 fxe5 f4 50 Nf5 Bxf5 51 Bh2 Bg4+
Jul-15-07  Karpova: A fantastic game which must have pleased Capablanca as Rubinstein carried out his plan and the whole attack with regard to the endgame.

After 52.Kxf1

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White is left with a DSB but pawns on white squares at a4, b3 and c4. Only one pawn is on a dark square - the poor fellow on h4 blocked by a black pawn on a white square so that he cannot be attacked by white's bishop!. All that is left to do for black is to go for the b3-pawn.

Nice finesse: 60...Ke5! is even more precise than 60...Kc5

Sep-22-12  Abdel Irada: An intriguing and perhaps pivotal moment in the game arose after Rubinstein's 42. ...f5. I can't believe it was correct to increase the scope of Black's bishops and open lines by taking, so from a purely positional perspective, one has to wonder whether White would not have done better to push past with 43. e5.

However, Black does end up two pawns ahead in the complicated variation 43. ...♗xe5; 44. fxe5, ♘xe5†; 45. ♔e3, ♖g3†; 46. ♘xg3, ♖xg3†; 47. ♔e2, ♘xd3; 48. ♖f1, f4 (or 47. ♔f2, ♘xd3†; 48. ♔xg3, ♘xe1), so inferably the potential tactics decided the issue.

All in all, this game demonstrates why the Exchange Lopez with d4 is no longer a popular opening.

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  beatgiant: <Abdel>
See the previous discussion by <tamar> and <Calli> above. Among other things, 43. e5 Bxe5 44. fxe5 Nxe5+ 45. Ke3 <f4+> is much less complicated.
Sep-22-12  Abdel Irada: <beatgiant>: Less complicated it may be, but from what I examined, it was also less favorable to Black.
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  beatgiant: <Abdel>
<less favorable to Black> Continuing, 43. e5 Bxe5 44. fxe5 Nxe5+ 45. Ke3 f4+ 46. K any Nxd3+ followed by 47... Nxe1. What am I missing?
Sep-22-12  Abdel Irada: <beatgiant>: My mistake. I looked at f4 later, when it was less effective. You're right: It does put the game away even faster.

To continue in that line for clarity's sake: 43. e5, ♗xe5; 44. fxe5, ♘xe5†; 45. ♔e3, f4†; 46. ♘xf4, ♖g3†; 47. ♔f2, ♘xd3†; 48. ♘xd3, ♖/♗xd3 leaves Black up the exchange and a pawn.

Oct-22-17  Count von Twothree: I agree that 43.e5 Bxe5 44.Ng3 Bb8 would have been the critical line. However, 45.Nxh5 doesn't seem to cause significant problems after 45...Rg6, e.g. 46.Re7 Rh6 47.Ng7 Bg6 with the twin ideas of taking the h-pawn and discouraging the g7 knight from moving away (e.g. to e6) in view of the strong reply ...Bh5.
Oct-22-17  Count von Twothree: It should also be pointed out that, the way the game went, Rubinstein could have played 46...Bxf4, winning further material immediately, or "winning on the spot," as they say nowadays. In the game, if Factor had played 49.Kg2, keeping a pair of rooks on, Rubinstein's technical task would have been a bit tougher.

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