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Akiba Rubinstein vs Fyodor Duz-Khotimirsky
3rd Russian National Tournament (1903), Kiev RUE, rd 5, Sep-??
Colle System (D05)  ·  0-1



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May-26-06  paladin at large: Pretty endgame win by Dus-Ch.
Dec-19-06  Bridgeburner: I believe Rubinstein missed a golden opportunity to counter attack via the Black squares on the Queen side at move 20 and so ends up drifting into a poor position. Instead of 20.Nc3, he could have tried 20.Qd2! This move protects e3, and threatens 21.Ba3 (and eventually Bd6).

For example:

20.Qd2 Qe7 (preventing Ba3) 21.Qa5 h4 22.h3 b6 23.Qa6 Nh6 24.Ba3 Qd8 25.Bd6.

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This powerful black square incursion stops Black's attack in its tracks and takes the initiative.

This passivity seems to be a fairly typical weakness of the early Rubinstein before he hit his straps a few years later.

Nevertheless, Rubinstein defends well by building up a fortress which his opponent breaches by returning the exchange on move 53.

Instead of taking the initiative and equalising with 55.Rxc6, Rubinstein stays on the defensive because of a morbid fear of Black's Rook eating the rear of his pawn chain.

55.Rxc6 Bd7 56.Rb6 Rxe3 57.d5 Re1+ 58.Kd2 Rh1 59.Rb8+ Kf7 60.dxe6+ Bxe6 61.Rb7+ Kg8 62.Nxe6 Rxh2+ 63.Ke3 Rg2 64.Kf4 draws

Sep-26-08  Andrijadj: Well,this is my favourite setup against Colle...Nice to see a player beating mighty rubinstein with that...
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  jessicafischerqueen: From <Karpova>:

"0-1 A good game by his strong opponent."

Jul-04-11  Dr. J: 61 Nxd5+ looks strategically horrible. Is there some tactical reason I'm overlooking?
Jan-28-13  Diglot: 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Bd3 Bd6 5.0–0 Ne4 6.c4 f5 7.Nc3 c6 8.Qc2 <So far this has been a classic Rubinstein White-opening> 8...Nd7 9.b3 g5 10.Bb2 Qf6 11.Ne2 Rg8 12.Rad1 Rg6 13.Ne1 Qf7 14.f4 Ndf6 15.Nf3 Ng4 16.Bc1 Bd7 17.Bxe4 dxe4 18.Ne5 Bxe5 19.fxe5 h5 20.Nc3 Qg7 21.b4 h4 22.Qe2 Nh6 23.Bb2 Nf7 24.Qf2 Rh6 25.Rd2 <Now was probably the right time to go 25.b5 or 25.d5> 25...g4 26.Qe1 Ng5 27.Kh1 h3 28.g3 Nf3 29.Qf2 Nxd2 30.Qxd2 Qe7 31.Ne2 a5 32.bxa5 Qd8 33.Bc3 b6 34.axb6 <Maybe White should have played another move (like 34.Nf4) instead of capturing the pawn and bringing Black's Queen back into the game> 34...Qxb6 35.Bb4 Qa6 36.a3 Qxc4 37.Rc1 Qb3 38.Rc3 Qa4 39.Kg1 Kf7 40.Nf4 Rhh8 41.Rc1 Rhb8 42.Kf2 Rb6 43.Qc3 Qb5 44.Rc2 Ra4 45.Rb2 Bc8 46.Qb3 Ra8 47.Rc2 Bd7 48.Rb2 Qa4 49.Qxa4 Rxa4 50.Ke2 Bc8 51.Kd2 Rba6 52.Rc2 Ke8 53.Kc1 Rxa3 54.Bxa3 Rxa3 55.Kd2 <55.Rxc6 was needed to keep things equal> 55...Kd7 56.Rc3 Ra4 57.Rc2 Ba6 58.Rc1 Bc4 59.Rc2 Bd5 60.Rc3 Kc7 61.Nxd5+ <Probably would have been better to keep the Knight on board and just move the Rook along the c-file> 61...exd5 62.Rc2 Kd7 63.Ke2 <Allows the very nice response of 63...Ra1! followed by swinging it over to the kingside. White needed to play 63.Kc3, though after 63...Ra1 Black still enjoys the better endgame> 63...Ra1 64.Kd2 Rg1 65.Kc3 Rg2 66.Rd2 f4 67.exf4 e3 68.Rd3 e2 69.Re3 Rxg3 70.hxg3 h2 71.Kd2 h1Q 72.Kxe2 Qg2+ 73.Kd3 Qb2 74.e6+ Ke7 75.f5 Qb1+ <Nothing wrong with this move but I like 75...Qf2 better, although there is a little trap in this for Black, for after White responds with 76.f6+, if Black responds with 76...Kxf6?? (instead of the correct 76...Qxf6), then White has miraculously drawn a lost game> 0–1
Apr-01-13  Vermit: 14.f4 is a critical move.

Surely the point of 13.Ne1 is to play 14.f3. If 14...Bxh2+ 15.Kxh2 Rh6+ 16.Kg1 Qh5 17.fxe4 and White holds on.

If 14...Nef6 15.e4

So 14...Ndf6 when 15.fxe4 dxe4 is the key variation. So maybe 15.Bxe4!?

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  manselton: 63.e6+ Kxe6 64.Rxc6+ Kd7 65.Rc2 Ra1 66.Rc1 Rxc1 67.Kxc1 loses as White cannot move to the a-file without allowing a pawn to Queen with ... f4, exf4 e3 etc.

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