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Akiba Rubinstein vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Berlin Grandmasters (1918), Berlin GER, rd 6, Oct-11
Benoni Defense: Benoni-Indian Defense. Kingside move order (A43)  ·  1-0



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  beatgiant: Very interesting ending. Either 33...Re6 or 35...Bf5 still look very drawish. White has surprising pressure in the minor piece ending, but maybe Black can still recover with 41...f5.
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  tamar: I wonder if these players were familiar with
Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1895 1-0 which featured a duel between Pillsbury's knight and Lasker's bishop.

Tarrasch makes almost the same exact mistake Lasker did-overestimating the defensive powers of the bishop, and allowing White a passed a pawn.

He could have drawn by limiting the scope of the King and Knight with 41...f5 as <beatgiant> suggests. The King cannot cross over c4 and the knight has to prevent the black King from entering on the h file, so 42 Nd1 Kh5 43 Nf2 looks entirely equal.

Jul-24-07  InspiredByMorphy: After 51. ...Kxe3 52.Kxc5 . A resource I missed when considering whites 51st move.
Dec-12-07  Karpova: <InspiredByMorphy: After 51. ...Kxe3 52.Kxc5 . A resource I missed when considering whites 51st move.>

51...Kxe3 52.c4! and the a6-pawn will queen since d5 is no longer available to the black bishop.

Dec-12-07  Zonszein: Or 52.Kxc5.............
May-16-09  computer chess guy: 41. .. f5 appears better, keeping the White King from advancing.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Surely, if anything, Black had the advantage in the endgame, with BvN in a fairly open position. E.g. 38... or 39... Kd6, there is hardly any danger of losing.
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1) +9.08 (26 ply) <51...Kxe3 52.c4!> Ke4 53.a7 Kxf5 54.a8=Q h4 55.Qf3+ Kg5 56.Qg2+ Kf5 57.Qg7 Bh5 58.Qh6 Kg4 59.Qxf6 h3 60.Kxc5 Kg3 61.Qe5+ Kh4 62.Qf5 Bg4 63.Qf4 Kh5 64.Qf6 h2 65.Qh8+ Kg6 66.Qxh2 Be6 67.Qh4 Kf7 68.Qf4+ Kg6 69.b4 Bf7 70.Qg3+ Kf6

1.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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Indeed that's it

Nov-16-20  Stolzenberg: 37. ... Kf7 or 37. ... gf 38. gf Kf7 would have won a tempo.

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