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Richard Reti vs Akiba Rubinstein
Berlin (1928), Berlin GER, rd 1, Oct-11
Semi-Slav Defense: Semi-Meran Variation (D47)  ·  1-0



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Dec-08-04  Calli: Terrific combo from Reti. He has other good moves but plays 17.Rac1! and Akiba is toast. 21.Nxe6! is the "stinger" at the end of the combination.
Dec-08-04  Shadout Mapes: So was 17...Nf3+ forced due to the threat of 18.Nxe6?
Dec-08-04  Calli: The main threat I see is 18.Nd5. So maybe 17...Bc5 is better?
Dec-08-04  capanegra: If 17…♗c5 I can see 18.♘xe6 directly, or 18.♘e4 ♗xe4 19.♕xe4 ♕b8 20.♘xe6. Maybe the latter is better. But even after 18.b4 ♗xd4 19.♖xd4 White seems to have a large positional advantage. What do you think?

Conclusion: after 17.♖ac1 Akiba is certainly toasted.

Dec-08-04  Calli: <capanegra> Yes, I like your 18.Ne4 with the threat of b4. The question is whether Black can play 18...Bd5. If he has to play Qb8 instead then its easy.

17...Bc5 18.Ne4! Bd5 19.Bxd5 exd5 20.Nxc5 bxc5 21.b4 looks good but not totally devastating. Still looking at it. A complex position.

Dec-08-04  Cyphelium: <Calli> After 17. -Bc5 18. Ne4 Bd5, is there something wrong with 19. b4? At least 19.- Bxa2 20. Qxa2 Nf3+ 21. Nxf3 Qxf4 22. bxc5 works out fine.
Dec-08-04  capanegra: <Calli> I hadn't considered 18...♗d5, but if that is the continuation, I prefer the answer 19.b4 ♗xa2 20.♕xa2 ♘f3+ 21.♘xf3 ♕xf4 22.bxc5 ♕xe4 23.♖xd7 with a piece to the good.
Dec-08-04  whiskeyrebel: This is a home court loss for's good old "classical" chess; not a whif of hypermodernism from Reti. Not so much as a fianchetto by white. That's a fine plan by Reti to keep Rubinstein in a state of "shock and awe" as they say in certain military circles. As a dedicated Nf3 player I'll have to file that idea away for future use.
Dec-08-04  capanegra: I just noticed that <Cyphelium> has given the same answer that I did, so that makes me feel a little more secure! :)
Dec-08-04  Calli: <capan & Cyph> Ther is nothing "wrong" with it but was looking for a crush. Plus Black has Qb7 in that line

17...Bc5 18.Ne4! Bd5 19.b4 Bxa2 20.Qxa2 Qb7 21.Nxc5 bxc5 22.bxc5

Okay, but not a whole piece.

Jun-27-08  sneaky pete: <He has other good moves ...> like 17.Nxe6 .. immediately (.. Qc6 18.Bd5 ..; .. Qb8 18.Nxf8 ..).
Apr-09-12  Karpova: Though the final position is winning for White, Akiva actually lost on time (he lost three games overall on time in this tournament).
Nov-14-19  sakredkow: To lose on time at move 21 is impressive!

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