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Akiba Rubinstein vs Stefano Rosselli del Turco
Merano (1924), Merano ITA, rd 12, Feb-??
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation (C30)  ·  1-0



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Nov-07-08  Karpova: Mihail Marin analyses this instructive though not flawless endgame in his book "Learn from the Legends - Chess Champions at their Best" (2nd edition, Quality Chess, Gothenburg 2006):

After 51...Ke8 [see diagram]

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Marin discusses alternatives to 52.Rh8+ and one of them is 52.Re7+ with the following line:

52.Re7+ Kd8 53.Re1 c2 54.Rc1 Kd7 the position reached [see diagram] is identical to the final position of the actual game!

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Okay, this doesn't sound too exciting at first glance but the point is that while the final position in the game is a win for White - the position after 52.Re7+ etc. is a draw as Mühlberger points out: <Mutual Zugzwang>

In the final position it's Black's move and White wins (53...Ke8 54.Kg7 Rc7+ Kg8) while if White was to move the game would be drawn (e. g. 53.Kg7 Rc7 54.f7 Ke6).

Sep-21-15  SimplicityRichard: The King's Gambit played with the elegant strategy of simplification towards a winning endgame. Of all the Chess greats, perhaps Rubinstein played the King's Gambit most brilliantly, positionally; surpassing even Chigorin, Lasker, Steinitz, Bronstein and Spassky in this opening.#

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