Speijer - Rubinstein

St Petersburg 1909

Queen's Gambit Declined

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 dxc4

Steinitz's line of play, which Rubinstein has improved upon by interpolating the following move.

4.Nf3 a6 5.a4

If White allows ...b5, White's Knight at c3 would be an easy object of attack for Black.

5...c5 6.e3

White:Speijer; Black:Rubinstein

 Here 6.e4 is feasible. After 6...Nc6 7.d5 Na5 8.Nd2 Nf6 9.Nxc4 White would be well developed and prepared for the attack, whereas after the text move Black has time to bring his pieces into action.

6...Nf6 7.Bxc4 Nc6 8.O-O Qc7

A risky move. Black does not like to move his King's Bishop before the c-pawn is taken, but the Queen is still required at d8.


 Here 9.d5 might have been done. If 9...exd5 ( or 9...Na5 10.Ba2 c4 11.e4 and White has all his pieces well posted. ) 10.Nxd5 Nxd5 11.Qxd5 Be6 12.Qe4White has certainly not the worst of it.

9...Be7 10.Bd2 O-O 11.Rac1 Rd8 12.Bd3 cxd4 13.exd4 Bd7

White:Speijer; Black:Rubinstein

 Of course not 13...Nxd4 14.Nxd4 Rxd4 15.Nb5

14.Ne4 Rac8 15.Ne515...Be8

 But this simple reply proves that the trap was useless. Instead, after 15...Nxd4 16.Nxf6 Bxf6 (16...gxf6? 17.Qg4) 17.Qe4 Qxe5 ( o r17...Ne2 18.Kh1 Nxc1) 18.Qxh7 Kf8 White would win by 19.Bb4

16.Bc3 Nxd417.Nxf6(

If 17.Bxd4 then 17...Qxc1 After the actual continuation Black remains two pawns to the good.

17...Bxf6 18.Qe4 Nf5 19.g4 Bxe5 20.Qxe5

White:Speijer; Black:Rubinstein

Of course not 20.Bxe5 Qxc1 21.Rxc1 Rxc1 22.Kg2 Bc6) ( nor 20.gxf5 on account of 20...Bxh2 21.Kh1 Bc6

20...Rxd3 21.Qxc7 Rxc7 22.gxf5 exf5

22...Bxa4 was also strong, for 23.f6 would not do on account of 23...gxf6 24.Bxf6 Rxc1 25.Rxc1 Rd1  But the actual continuation is good enough. The game is a bright example of Rubinstein's sound and energetic style.

23.a5 f6 24.Rfd1 Rcd7 25.Rxd3 Rxd3 26.Re1 Bc6 27.Re3 Rd1 28.Re1 Rd7 29.f4 Kf7 30.Kf2 Be4 31.Re2 g5 32.Rd2 Bd5 33.Kg3 Ke6 34.Re2 Be4 35.Rd2 Rg7 36.fxg5 Rxg5 37.Kf4 Rg4 38.Ke3 Rh4 39.Rf2 Bd5 40.Bd4 Re4 41.Kd3 Bc6 42.b4 Bb5 43.Kc3 f4 44.Bc5 Kf5 45.Kd2 h5 46.Kc3 Be2 47.Rg2 f3 48.Rg7 Bb5 49.Rg3 Rc4 50.Kd2 Ke4 51.Bb6 Rxb4 52.Rh3 Rb2 53.Kc3 f2 54.Re3 Kf4 55.Re6 Kf5

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