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Jacques Mieses vs Akiba Rubinstein
First Match (1905), Lodz RUE, rd 2, Oct-26
Danish Gambit: General (C21)  ·  0-1



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Jul-10-15  wordfunph: 32.Be5? and curtains 0-1.
Jul-10-15  paul1959: White is toast at that point anyway as Black is about to simplify and then win the exchange since the rook is trapped at a4.

Curiously in my old ECO, Keres ignores Rubinstein's 6... d5 idea and gives instead 6...Nf6 7 Nf3 Nd5?! from an 1889 game between two obscure players.

Feb-12-20  MordimerChess: What just happened. Rubinstein again outplayed Mieses, like maestro against little kid. And Jacques Mieses was quite strong attacking player, according to chessmetrics 100 points better in ranking than young Akiba Rubinstein. 3:0 - amazing!

9. 0-0-0 was pretty risky business here. Maybe developing first with 9. Bb5 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 Ne7 11. O-O O-O would be more solid but Mieses was attacking player so probably he wanted Rubinstein to short castle and win the race to check mate. Rubinstein also castled long and we have another positional encounter :)

And then quite inaccuracy with 11.Bd3, probably more active would be 11. g5 f6 12. Re1 Qg4 13. h3 Qh5 14. Bf4 and then light square bishop could develop to b5 or e2-d1 (with tempo as g5 would be a thread).

Then Rubinstein just enjoyed his position and improved it more and more, at the same time black got all his pieces stay completely inactive. Wow.

More variations and lines in my analysis:


Feb-12-20  JimNorCal: I guess I should just engine it, but ... not seeing the point of 27. Rb5. Was there a threat?

Why not a4-5?

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  keypusher: < JimNorCal: I guess I should just engine it, but ... not seeing the point of 27. Rb5. Was there a threat? Why not a4-5?>

If 27.a4 then ...Nc4 and White is toast because of the threat of ...Rb2. 27.Rb5 stops ...Nc4 by threatening Rc5.

Feb-13-20  MordimerChess: <JimNorCal> Rb5 could be for Rc5. Anyway, I explained in my material that white has totally nothing to play, that's why Rg1 or Rb5-b4. And there was always Nc4, Rb2+ thread.

Two examples of the "attacking" plans.
29.a4 Rde7 30.Rb5 a6 31. Rb4 a5 32. Rb5 Rb2 33. Qxb2 Nxb2 34. Rxb2 Qxa4

29.Qa4 Qxa4 30.Rxa4 Rde7 31.Rxc4 dxc4 also loses the game

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