Akiba Rubinstein offers Oldrich Duras a queen | Vienna 1908

The great Akiba Rubinstein was an especially gifted player, especially in the endgame. If there’s a list of greatest chess players to never become world champion, Akiba Rubinstein would certainly be on it. This game was from the Vienna Tournament of 1908. Rubinstein played as white against Oldrich Duras, a leading Czech player, and chess composer. In this Queen Pawn Opening, or Reversed Queen’s Gambit, Duras opts for a recapture on c5 with his queen. Rubinstein pounces on this poor decision, and is quick to find a middle game combination which secures a small material plus. Observe one of the greatest endgame players do what they do best, namely win without allowing the opponent the smallest degree of counter-play.

PGN:
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 c5 3. e3 Nf6 4. dxc5 Qa5+ 5. Nbd2 Qxc5 6. a3 Qc7 7. c4 dxc4 8. Nxc4 Nc6 9. b4 Bg4 10. Bb2 b5 11. Nce5 Nxe5 12. Nxe5 Bxd1 13. Bxb5+ Nd7 14. Bxd7+ Qxd7 15. Nxd7 Bh5 16. Ne5 Rc8 17. g4 Bg6 18. Nxg6 hxg6 19. Bd4 a6 20. Kd2 f6 21. Rac1 Rxc1 22. Rxc1 e5 23. Bc5 Rxh2 24. Bxf8 Kxf8 25. Ke2 e4 26. Rc6 Rg2 27. Rxa6 Rxg4 28. Ra7 Rg1 29. b5 Rb1 30. a4 g5 31. Rb7 Ra1 32. b6 Rxa4 33. Ra7 Rb4 34. b7 g4 35. Ra8+ Kf7 36. b8=Q Rxb8 37. Rxb8 Ke6 38. Re8+ Kf5 39. Kf1

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