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Hermanis Mattison vs Akiba Rubinstein
Prague Olympiad (1931), Prague CSR, rd 11, Jul-18
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Main Line (C29)  ·  1-0



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Dec-14-04  kostich in time: "Herman Mattison","H.Mattison" and "Hermanis Mattison" are one and the same person. He was a strong Latvian player, who was once amateur world champ. Though best known for his crushing losses to Capablanca and Nimzowitsch at Carlsbad 1927, he was, in fact, one the strongest players of the late twenties and early thirties.
Dec-14-04  Calli: And none of those spellings are correct! The name should be Hermanis Matisons. (Most Latvian last names end in an "s".) Apparently the closeness to the english "Mattison" led to anglicized version of his name in most DBs. Sadly, Matisons died of TB at age 38 in 1932.
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  Gypsy: By the time Rubinstein lets the combinations begin, he is seriously behind on position -- a realy fine performance by Mattison!
Mar-17-07  aazqua: Nice game. Chess was a little goofy back in those days.
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  ToTheDeath: Interesting game, in their previous and very famous encounter Rubinstein made Mattison look like a rank amateur- here the shoe is on the other foot.

<9.Nd1!?> OK this is a little extravagant to delay development just to support the pawn chain with c3. 9. O-O-O is normal and good.

<9...Be7> 9...f6! hitting the center seems like a better way to challenge White's slow plan.

<11...f5> This leads to a passive position and a poor locked in bishop. 11...f6 still looks better.

<35.Kf2?!> This gives Black some chances. Instead simply 35.Rxf3 is much better if not winning.

<39...Ke7> 39...a5! immediately or on the next move is a much better chance, getting the rook active on the a file. Black would seem to have no way to save the game after this last mistake.

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