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gambitnut 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Akiba Rubinstein 2 Macheide, did you ever get that game transcribed? I'm not trying to rush you I was just wondering. I think there were several other people who are also anxious to see this interesting game.
bluebabygirl 17 ( +1 | -1 )
yes !!!!!! hope you can post it soon . im one that would love to see it !!! hi gambitnut and you too, macheide ,,, but i know how busy it can get trying to do all at once is quite a chore sometimes !! yours bluebabygirl
brucehum 46 ( +1 | -1 )
Rubinstein had... It's been said that Rubinstein was like this:

1. The methodical patience of Geller.
2. The tactical exactitude of Fischer.
3. The strategical brilliancy of Tahl.
4. The offensive spirit of Tahl.
5. The defensive art of Petrosian.
6. The combinational strength of Korchnoi.
7. The endgame technique of Spassky.
8. The winning will of Hubner.
9. The many ideas of Taimanov.
10. The self-assurance of Uhlman.

some people may think that 2 and 3 are the other way round... but remember the close relation of tactics and strategy.
lhunter 69 ( +1 | -1 )
Is this it? For those of you anxious to see the game (without transcription). Copied from

[Event "St.Petersburg"]
[Site "St.Petersburg"]
[Date "1909-??-??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "A Rubinstein"]
[Black "Lasker Em"]
[ECO "D32"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "80"]
[EventDate "?"]

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Bg5 c5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Nc3 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Nc6
8.e3 Be7 9.Bb5 Bd7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.Nxd5 Bxd4 12.exd4 Qg5 13.Bxc6 Bxc6
14.Ne3 O-O-O 15.O-O Rhe8 16.Rc1 Rxe3 17.Rxc6+ bxc6 18.Qc1 Rxd4 19.fxe3
Rd7 20.Qxc6+ Kd8 21.Rf4 f5 22.Qc5 Qe7 23.Qxe7+ Kxe7 24.Rxf5 Rd1+ 25.Kf2
Rd2+ 26.Kf3 Rxb2 27.Ra5 Rb7 28.Ra6 Kf8 29.e4 Rc7 30.h4 Kf7 31.g4 Kf8
32.Kf4 Ke7 33.h5 h6 34.Kf5 Kf7 35.e5 Rb7 36.Rd6 Ke7 37.Ra6 Kf7 38.Rd6
Kf8 39.Rc6 Kf7 40.a3 1-0

I'm no expert, but I question if Rubinstein deserves as much credit for this win....Lasker moved his King no less than 8 out of the last 10 moves! Obviously, I am missing something and Nunn's comments would certainly be enlightening!

bluebabygirl 50 ( +1 | -1 )
to brucehum wow !!!!!!! i thank you deeply for that list . its new to me and very exciting too and yes i think 2 and 3 are the other way around also . to lHUNTER. yes you are missing something it was rubinsteins play that made him move his king that much . Remember to make LASKER make a big mistake let alone lose the game , was a very great accomplishment during that period of his carrer !!! oh yes NUNN's annotations will probably reveal a great deal more too !! thanks ever so much you guys !!! yours bluebabygirl
macheide 39 ( +1 | -1 )
bluebabygirl & gambitnut Dear friends,

I apologize sincerely because of this delay.

Today night I'll begin to transcrive the Rubinstein-Lasker game.

Ihunter, I hope that with the comments and variations that could be happened, you will appreciate this jewel in its just perspective.

Your friend,


Post scriptum: Excuse my horrible english. I'll try to perfect it every day.
gambitnut 15 ( +1 | -1 )
No Problem Macheide! I'm really looking forward to seeing what Nunn has to say about this game!

By the way, I can't find anything wrong with your english!
macheide 8 ( +1 | -1 )
gambitnut Dear friend,

Thanks a lot for your kind words.


brucehum 194 ( +1 | -1 )
The game annotated by Rubinstein himself Whilst we wait for Macheide's version, here is another annotated version, by the man himself. Comments by Rubinstein!!!

It is in PGN format, so you should be able to copy and paste it directly into a file.

[Event "St Petesburg"]
[Site "St Petesburg"]
[Date "1909.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rubinstein"]
[Black "Lasker"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D32"]

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Bg5 c5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Nc3 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Nc6
{Precission in the first moves is the guarantee of equality. If 7... Be7 then white gets a better game with 8.g3}
8.e3 Be7 9.Bb5 Bd7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.Nxd5 Bxd4 12.exd4 Qg5{!}
{The well conceived black counterattack is dangerous, it is not possible to go
on with 13.Nc7+ Kd8 14.Nxa8 Qxg2 because the white position would be untenable.}
13.Bxc6 Bxc6 14.Ne3 O-O-O
{Very risky move in the typical style of the World Champion. More solid was Bxg2.}
( 14...Bxg2 15.Rg1 ( 15.Nxg2 Qxg2 16.Qe2+ Kd8 17.O-O-O Re8 )
Qa5+ 16.Qd2 Qxd2+ 17.Kxd2 Be4 18.Rg4 Bg6 19.Rc1 Rd8 )
15.O-O Rhe8
{Black menaces to simply 16... Rxe3 17.fxe3 Qxg2 mate}
{Counter-attack play, which Lasker probably hadn't been expecting.}
{The action has to go on, because if 16... Kb8 white would impose their criteria.}
( 16...Kb8 17.Rc5 Qf4 18.d5 )
17.Rxc6+ bxc6 18.Qc1{!}
{The key to the combinations started with move 16. Obviously, fxe3 wouldn't have been good. 18.fxe3 Qxe3+ 19.Kh1 Qxd4, etc}
Rxd4 ( 18...Re5 19.Qxc6+ Kb8 20.dxe5 Qxe5 21.Rc1{!} {with decisive attack} )
19.fxe3 Rd7
{Impossible to defend everything. If 19... Rd6 20.Rxf7}
20.Qxc6+ Kd8 21.Rf4 f5 ( 21...Rd1+ {%03it is not possible}
22.Kf2 Rd2+ 23.Ke1 Qxg2 24.Rd4+
{%02 with immediate victory.} {%03because of}
) 22.Qc5 Qe7 {if 22... Qf6 follows 23.Rd4. And if 22...Rd1+ 23.Kf2 Rd2+ 24.Ke1 Qxg2 the refutation is 25.Qa5+ followed by 26.Qxd2}
23.Qxe7+ Kxe7
{better than 23...Rxe7 24.Rxf5 Rxe3 25.Rf7 winning easily.}
( 23...Rxe7 24.Rxf5 Rxe3 25.Rf7 )
24.Rxf5 Rd1+ 25.Kf2 {!}
( 25.Rf1 Rd2 26.Rc1 Kd7 {and there is no way to apply the advantage.} )
26.Kf3 Rxb2 27.Ra5 Rb7 28.Ra6 {!}
{in this kind of endgames it is very effective to restrict the movements of the enemy rook.}
Kf8 29.e4 Rc7 30.h4 Kf7
{There's no alternative, any try is condemned to failure. Waiting is the only logical action.}
31.g4 Kf8 32.Kf4 Ke7 33.h5 h6 34.Kf5
{there is no hope for the black king, because the entry on the g6 'hole' is decisive. But black tries to stop this maneouvre.}
Kf7 35.e5 Rb7 36.Rd6 Ke7 37.Ra6 Kf7 38.Rd6 Kf8 39.Rc6 Kf7 40.a3 1-0
macheide 207 ( +1 | -1 )
Rubinstein-Lasker Part I Dear fellows,

I apologize with you for the delay. I have had a lot of work and I had been sleeping a media of 3 hr. a day. But here we are. Some friend asked me the name of the book where this annotated game come from: "The Mammoth Book of The World's Greatest Chess Games" by Graham Burgess, John Nunn and John Emms.

Akiba Rubinstein-Emmanuel Lasker
St. Petersburg 1909
Queen's Gambit Declined

The Players

In 1909 both Rubinstein and Lasker were at their peak of their playing strength. Indeed, they tore the rest of the field apart at St. Petersburg, sharing first place with 14 1/2 points, a massive 3 1/2 points ahead of third placed Duras and Spielmann.

The Game

Once more Lasker employs an inferior defense to the Queen's Gambit, but unlike his game against Pillsbury he doesn't get a chance to correct his error this time. Rubinstein fails to find the most punishing continuation, but what he plays is enough to secure a small plus. In typical fashion Lasker seeks complications, sacrificing a pawn to gain initiative. Rubinstein accepts the pawn, perhaps unwisely, but for him this is the only questionable decision of the game. Faced with a defensive task, Rubinstein plays brilliantly, first to squash Lasker's counterplay and then go onto the attack himself. Lasker is forced to enter a terrible endgame which is equivalent to resignation against someone of Rubinstein's legendary technique.

1.d4 d5
2.Nf3 Nf6
3.c4 e6
4.Bg5 c5?!

This lunge at the center was quite popular at the time, but is probably a bit premature here. Black normaly winds up with an isolated d-pawn that can be quite difficult to defend. The unpinning move 4...Be7 is more normal.

5.cxd5 exd5
6.Nc3 cxd4
7.Nxd4 Nc6?

This is most certanly a mistake. Black should unpin immediatly with 7...Be7, when White can decide between 8.e3, or fianchettoing the bishop with 8.g3 and Bg2. In either case White is slightly better.

(Now I am at my office, it's 11:21 a.m. in my city. I close my business at 4:00 p.m., go home and finish the job, ok?)


bluebabygirl 16 ( +1 | -1 )
to macheide we thank you very much for taking time to send this . and you should rest more !! I know I get same advice from my dad !! yours bluebabygirl
badjessie 14 ( +1 | -1 )
he was good player but went crazy . that is strange because most players are crazy then went good later
bluebabygirl 2 ( +1 | -1 )
Rubinstien was the greatest .-BBG
macheide 98 ( +1 | -1 )
bluebabygirl & gambitnut Dear friends,

I sincerely apologize for this. I have postponed my
games for a few days because of business reasons.

I'll complete what I begun and I'm going to add a
bonus: 2 more games of the great Akiba Rubinstein.
They could be...Rubinstein-Hromadka (Rubinstein,
the Pontiff of 1.d4 playing the King's Gambit!) and
maybe "The Rubinstein Inmortal":
Rotlevy-Rubinstein. Don't expect to watch two more
R + Ps endgames. In these two games you will see
how Rubinstein used to attack.

Just give me two or three days.

Best regards to you both,
Your Mexican friend,

<br><!---|abreak|--->Post data: Dear bluebabygirl, your book was lost by
the beaurocracy of the company I used to send it to
you. Five days ago the book was returned to me
with a simple "excuse us sir" (no comments). Could
you send me a message with a secure address
where I can ship you this great book again? I
promise to choose a serious packages delivery
company: UPS or FedEx.