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Akiba Rubinstein vs Abram Rabinovich
3rd Russian National Tournament (1903), Kiev RUE, rd 1, Sep-??
Dutch Defense: Classical Variation (A84)  ·  0-1



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  jessicafischerqueen: From <Karpova>:

"0-1 Rubinstein didn't play well in the opening and black got a winning attack."

Apr-25-11  bolek88: what about 13.d5 ?
Feb-01-13  Diglot: 1.d4 f5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Be7 5.Nc3 b6 6.Bd3 Bb7 7.0–0 0–0 8.b3 d6 9.Bb2 h6 <9...Ne4 might be more active> 10.Qe2 <Now is a good time for 10.d5> 10...g5 <10...Ne4 is correct here> 11.e4 <11.d5! is much better. After 11...e5 or 11...exd5, White can respond with 12.Bxf5> 11...g4 <Allows White to put his Knight on h4, so Black should have perhaps gone with 11...fxd4> 12.Ne1 <Right piece but wrong square. A much better spot for the Knight is found with 12.Nh4> 12...Nc6 13.exf5 <Another opportune moment to push that pawn with 13.d5> 13...Nxd4 14.Qe3 e5 15.Qxh6 Rf7 16.Ne2 <16.Nd5 and 16.Nc2 can't be bad here either> 16...Rh7 17.Qe3 c5 <This is better than 17...Nxe2+> 18.Ng3 Kf7 <19.Nxe4 gives Black a lasting initiative, though he must play precise: 19...Bxe4 20.Bxe4 Rxh2 21.Kxh2 Qh8+ 22.Kg1 g3 23.fxg3 Ng4 24.Rf3 Qh2+ 25.Kf1 Nxe3+ 26.Rxe3 and Black has a few options here> 19.f4 gxf3 <19...Qh8 is good here too> 20.gxf3 <This is the move that turns the tide in Black's favor for the rest of the game. Better is 20.Nxf3 to which Black has two responses, both of which leave him with a lasting initiative: 20...Ng4 21.Qe1 Nxf3+ 22.Rxf3 Nxh2! or 20...Nxf3+ 21.Rxf3 Qh8 22.Be4 Nxe4 23.Nxe4 (to which Black has three good responses in 23...Rxh2, 23...Rh4, and 23...Rg8)> 20...Qh8 21.Rf2 <21.Bxd4 is a better shot> 21...Rg8 22.Rg2 Rxh2 23.Rxh2 Rxg3+ 24.Rg2 <24.Ng2 is no better> 24...Ng4 25.Bxd4 <25.fxg4 is the only move here which doesn't lead to a forced mate, though White still has a completely lost game with fxg4> 25...Rxg2+ 26.Kxg2 <Leads to mate in 7, and the alternative 26.Nxg2 leads to mate in 12> 26...Qh2+ 27.Kf1 Nxe3+ <Black misses a forced mate: 27...cxd4 28.Qg1 Ne3+ 29.Qxe3 dxe3 30.Ng2 Bxf3+ 31.Nxe3 Qh1+ 32.Kf2 Bh4#> 28.Bxe3 Bh4 29.Bg1 Qh3+ 30.Ke2 <Not 30.Ng2?? Qxf3+ 31.Bf2 Qxf2#> 30...Bxe1 31.Rxe1 Bxf3+ 32.Kd2 Qg2+ <33...Qxa2 is possibly better. Black's endgame finesse for the rest of the game is strong> 33.Kc3 e4 34.Bc2 Qg7+ 35.Kd2 Qg5+ 36.Be3 Qxf5 37.Rf1 d5 38.cxd5 Qxd5+ 39.Kc1 c4 40.Kb1 Ke8 41.Re1 Qa5 42.Rg1 <42.Rc1 is a plausible alternative> 42...Qc3 43.Bc1 e3 44.Bb2 Qd2 45.Rg8+ Kd7 46.Bf5+ <Might have been better to check with the Rook (46.Rg7+) or to attack the Queen (46.Bc1)> 46...Kc6 47.Rc8+ <47.Bc1 is no better> 47...Kb7 48.Be5 <48.Rxc4 is no better after 48...e2> 48...Be4+ 49.Bxe4+ Kxc8 <White cannot delay the inevitable> 0–1

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