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Albert Sandrin vs Sol Isaac Rubinow
"Sol R Eclipse" (game of the day Mar-24-2022)
United States Championship (1946), New York, NY USA, rd 19, Nov-16
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Flohr-Mikenas-Carls Variation (A19)  ·  1-0

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Mar-14-22
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  Phony Benoni: Before judging the players too harshly, you should know that Rubinow had only three minutes for 24 moves before the time control. (ACB, 1947, p. 12) Apparently, this had an adverse effect on both players.

Personally, I feel that when your opponent is in such severe time pressure, the better strategy is to slow down. They will be in an exhausting state of High Alert Adrenaline Rush. Why shouldn't you keep them there as long as possible?

Mar-14-22
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  perfidious: Besides the zeitnot, the position is quite unbalanced and hard to handle, even with a bit more time than Black had.
Mar-24-22
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  Phony Benoni: Yeah, the pun's not that great. But I invite you to play through the game before letting Stockfish destroy it. Lots of fun!
Mar-24-22
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: "Eclipse" probably refers to the fact that White was blind. Despite his disability, Sandrin did win one US Open: AFAIK, the best achievement by a blind chess player ever.
Mar-24-22
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  piltdown man: Nice game, and a cute pun. And well played for a blind man!
Mar-24-22  goodevans: <Phony Benoni: [...] Personally, I feel that when your opponent is in such severe time pressure, the better strategy is to slow down...>

Here's a more recent example of a top player choosing the opposite strategy and coming a cropper as a result: Dubov vs N Grandelius, 2022

<...I invite you to play through the game before letting Stockfish destroy it. Lots of fun!>

You don't need SF to see that <31.Rd8??> was an absolute doozy. I don't know what assistance, if any, a blind player would have had to 'visualise' the position so I'm not criticising.

Black's errors are less obvious to me. Clearest is that <35...Rd7?> shed a piece unnecessarily (35...Qe8) but surely Black was still winning comfortably even after that. Quite amazing that White was able to come back from 32...Qxd8.

And, yes, lots of fun!

Mar-24-22  mrknightly: "Somewhere Over the Rubinow"
Mar-24-22  Saniyat24: ha ha damn good pun...!
Mar-24-22  Cibator: <Phony Benoni: Before judging the players too harshly, you should know that Rubinow had only three minutes for 24 moves before the time control. (ACB, 1947, p. 12) Apparently, this had an adverse effect on both players. Personally, I feel that when your opponent is in such severe time pressure, the better strategy is to slow down. They will be in an exhausting state of High Alert Adrenaline Rush. Why shouldn't you keep them there as long as possible?>

That's exactly what Bob Wade did to Saemisch in this game:

Saemisch vs R Wade, 1949

Mar-24-22  patz8491: Phony Benoni's comment about time pressure explains why black failed to see 36...RxR, crushing White. (Obviously, PxR or Pc5 are answered by RxB)
Or am I missing something?
Mar-25-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: < patz8491> After 36...RxR 37.PxR+, Black will not find it easy to play 37...RxB. There are no zombie pieces in chess.

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