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Grigory Levenfish vs Akiba Rubinstein
Vilnius All-Russian Masters (1912), Vilna (Vilnius) RUE, rd 1, Aug-19
Scotch Game: Classical Variation (C45)  ·  0-1



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Mar-26-12  offramp: A thing I have noticed about Akiva Rubinstein is that he doesn't really care about his pawn formation as long as he gets good piece play. After 12...hxg5 his pawns are a bit messed up:

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but he plays actively and soon his pawns look like this:

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Very different! But that position is surely a draw! And when the bishops come off it looks even more drawish: After 29...Kxe6

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But white's king ends up slightly too far away:

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and he is shocked to find that he cannot play 38.Ke3, as

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...Rbe8+ 39.Kd3 Rd8+ 40.Kc2 Rxd2+ 41.Kxd2 Rf2+ 42.Ke3 Rxb2 would win easily.

Rubinstein finishes the game off in sledgehammer fashion.

Good One!!

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