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Akiba Rubinstein vs Milan Vidmar
Berlin Four Masters (1918), Berlin DEU, rd 3, Apr-22
Budapest Defense: Rubinstein Variation (A52)  ·  0-1



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Feb-01-11  KingG: <notyetagm> <This game must be the best advertisement for the the Budapest Defense.> I don't know, this game is pretty good too : Oll vs A Romero Holmes, 1984.
May-01-11  bolek88: if 16's not Ke2 but: 16.Kd1 Bf5 17.Bd3 Nxf2+ 18.Qxf2 Bxd3 19.Qd2 Qxd2+ 20.Kxd2 Be4 - is any better variant for black ? ...
(16.Kd1 g5(Honza's move) 17.Qxe4 Bf5- not satisfy me)
Jul-21-11  50movesaheadofyou: One of the first top-level tests of the Budapest.
Jan-20-12  polarx: I think 19.Kf3 is already suicidal. 19.f3 seems to hold for white.

19. f3 Ng3+
20. Kf2 Nxh1+
21. Kg1

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  tpstar: Here's one for any Game Collections featuring double exchange sacrifices. The final sequence is a nice Double Check leading to mate.

<kostich in time> What a cool story! =)

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  MJCB: I could not believe it: on move 13, black takes the white knight, restructures white chain pawn and leaves white with a pawn more. From there, I was undoubtfully confident that white was better. In reality, black starts a magnificent attach, which I completely failed to see coming. Great judgment by Vidmar!
Jun-22-17  thegoodanarchist: Never before have I seen Rubinstein thrashed so easily.
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  Patszer: I can't wait to try out this opening.
Jan-20-23  Brenin: Like Rubinstein, I chose the wrong move, 19 Kf3, overlooking the better 19 f3. OTB I think I might have seen that 21 Kh4 was suicidal, and gone for the repetition 21 Kf3, hoping that Black wouldn't see 21 ... g5.
Jan-20-23  Chessius the Messius: Made the same mistake. Good company ;)
Jan-20-23  mel gibson: mel gibson: That is very tricky - White is in such big trouble - one wrong move and it's checkmate for White.

Stockfish 15 says it's a draw:

19. f3

(19. f3 (f2-f3 ♘e4-c3+ ♔e2-f2 ♘c3-a4 ♕b2-b5 ♕a5-d2+ ♔f2-g3 ♖e8-e6 ♕b5xf5 ♖e6-g6+ ♔g3-h4 ♖g6-h6+ ♔h4-g4 ♖h6-g6+) 0.00/47 16)

score = 0.00 = a draw.

Following the text move 19. Kf3:

19. Kf3 Nd2+

(19. .. Nd2+ (♘e4-d2+ ♔f3-g3 ♘d2-e4+ ♔g3-f3 h7-h5 h2-h3 h5-h4 g2-g4 ♘e4-d2+ ♔f3-g2 ♗f5-e4+ ♔g2-h2 ♘d2-f3+ ♔h2-g2 ♘f3xd4+ ♔g2-h2 ♘d4-f3+ ♔h2-g2 ♕a5-c5 ♖h1-h2 ♖e8-f8 ♔g2-h1 ♖f8xf4 ♗f1-g2 a7-a6 ♖c1-a1 ♗e4-c6 ♖a1-f1 ♕c5xc4 ♖f1-b1 ♕c4-e4 ♖b1-c1 ♕e4-d4 ♕b2-b3+ ♔g8-h7 ♕b3-e3 ♘f3xh2 ♕e3xd4 ♖f4xd4 ♗g2xc6 b7xc6 ♔h1xh2 c6-c5 ♔h2-g2 ♔h7-g6 ♖c1-c3 c5-c4 ♖c3-e3 ♔g6-f6 ♔g2-f3 c7-c5 ♔f3-e2 d6-d5 a2-a4 g7-g5 ♔e2-e1 a6-a5 ♔e1-e2 ♖d4-f4 ♔e2-e1 d5-d4 ♖e3-e8 c4-c3) +7.11/38 134)

score for Black +7.11 depth 38.

Jan-20-23  Refused: White's king is in the crossfire of the entire Black army.

Black is threatening 19...Ng5+ 20.Kd1 Re1#

19.Kd1 Nxf2+ 20.Qxf2 Qa4+ looks pretty dead.

So does 19.Kd3 that leaves two moves.
19.Kf3 and 19.f3

19.Kf3 is the last move I want to play. Drawing the king further out into the open. No idea if this is survivable.

19.f3 Ng3+ 20.Kf2 Nxh1+ 21.Kg1 just returning extra material looks like the safer option. White probably won't win this but at least he is not getting mated.

OTB I'd chicken out and go for 19.f3

Jan-20-23  jrredfield: I did lean toward 19 f3, but do to the nature of this puzzle with Black winning instead of White, I wasn't sure exactly how to proceed. It appears that f3 is the only way White can at least salvage a draw.
Jan-20-23  jrredfield: According to Komodo Dragon, White can force a 3-fold repetition (a draw):

19.f3 Nc5+ 20.Kf2 Na4 21.Qb5 Qd2+ 22.Kg3 Re6 23.Qxf5 Rg6+ 24.Kh4 Rh6+ 25.Kg3 Rg6+

Jan-20-23  monch1962: Am I the only one who was looking for a win for *white* here, based on the "19. ?" prompt? If they'd gone back to asking for black's 18th move, it'd have made more sense to me.

For maybe 10 minutes I'm thinking "man, that Rubenstein must have been a genius, finding a win *here*. All I can see is black's attack"...

Jan-20-23  Brenin: <monch1962>: POTD usually asks you to find a winning move (or combination), but occasionally (as here) you need to rescue yourself from an apparently desperate situation, and find a drawing line. I find that it's good training for over-the-board play, where nobody gives you such hints, or tells you in advance the outcome of the game.
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  scormus: I had to check it really was W to move, as the prospects looked so bleak. Was the a way W could parry the threats and try to win with the materal advantage?

After some pondering, I thought I must have missed something. I didn't like the look of 19 Kf3 and the only playable move I could think of was f3, Surprised to see W played Kf3, and only then I noticed it was 0-1. I thought this was tough, even for Friday.

Jan-20-23  Vermit: Even after 19.f3 Ng3+ 20. Kf2 Nxh1 21. Kg1 I didn't like the look of 21... Re1
Jan-20-23  Cheapo by the Dozen: The trick for me was to realize that the real threat was not so much material loss from the discovered/double check/fork, but rather mate at e1. From there, it was pretty easy to decide that the only 2 real alternatives were 19 f3 and 19 Kf3. And of course Kf3 leads either to the game continuation or maybe a repetition of moves.

On the other hand, 19 f3 looked fairly forcing. Black has issues if he doesn't cash in on the discovered check right away, but taking the rook leaves White's king snug and secure at g1/h1, and primed to hold the material loss down to a return of the Exchange Black previously sacrificed.

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  Dohboy: So the puzzle is White to play and lose?
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  chrisowen: Z ko feck jump ply it's wag Kf3 eon f3 fact finish it's a bath lit he it's a buff frazzled it's Kf3 both f3 I ;)
Jan-20-23  QueenMe: I chose f3, because it led to better King protection at g1 after the coming discovered check.
Jan-20-23  AlicesKnight: Like others I went for Kf3 and a run to the corner after ...Ng3++, with an unclear position. It certainly was a Rubinstein "variation".
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  agb2002: White has a rook and a pawn for a knight.

Black threatens Ng3+ (or Ng5+) and mate next.

The attempt to avoid the double check 19.Kf3 is met with 19... Nd2+ 20.Kg3 Ne4+ 21.Kf3 (21.Kh4 Re6 looks winning for Black) 21... Nd2+ with perpetual check at least.

If White wants to play for a win the only option is 19.f3 (19... Ng3+ 20.Kf2 Nxh1+ 21.Kg1 ends up a pawn ahead).

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  Honza Cervenka: <Honza Cervenka: 21.Kh4 was a mistake. What about 21.Kf3? Black has then draw in hand (21...Nd2+ etc.) but I don't see anything better.>

Well, after 21.Kf3 h5! 22.h3 h4! black keeps decisive initiative. Now check on d2 and also Qa3+ are deadly threats, and after 23.g4 black has 23...Nd2+ 24.Kg2 Be4+ 25.Kh2 Nf3+ 26.Kg2 Nxd4+ 27.Kh2 Nf3+ 28.Kg2 Qc5 with overwhelming attack. 23.Rd1 is also insufficient, black can play 23...Nc3 or 23...Bg6 with a threat 24...Bh5+, and even 23...Ng5+ 24.fxg5 Be4+ 25.Kf4 (25.Ke3? Bb1+ leads to a mate) 25...Qf5+ 26.Ke3 Qxg5+ 27.f4 Bxg2+ 28.Kd2 Qxf4+ should be winning easily.

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