GAME 44


Rubinstein - Perlis


St Petersburg 1909


Queen Pawn's Opening

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 c5 3.c4 e6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.g3 c4 ( This advance is premature. Black might well continue with 6...Nf6 7.Bg2 Be6) 7.Bg2 Be7 8.O-O Nf6 9.Ne5 9...O-O 10.Bg5 Be6 11.f4


White: Rubinstein Black: Perlis
( By 11.f4 White threatens to play 12.f5 Bc8 e3 and then gain the d5-pawn at his ease. ) 11...Nxe5 ( A bold and ingenious maneuver. Though this enterprise does not turn out well, it must not be forgotten that it was dictated by necessity. Instead, after 11...Ng4 12.Nxg4 Bxg4 13.Bxd5 Bxg5 14.fxg5 Qxg5 15.Rf4 White has an excellent game ) ( Likewise 11...Qb6 appeared more than risky on account of 12.f5 Nxe5 13.Na4 In fact, after 13...Qa5 14.dxe5 Bd7 15.exf6 Bxa4 16.b3 gxf6 17.Bh6 neither the continuation 17...cxb3 on account of ( nor 17...Bc6 18.e4 Kh8 19.Bxf8 Bxf8 20.exd5) 18.axb3 Qb6+ 19.e3! would give a satisfactory game. ) 12.dxe5 d4 ( If 12...Ng4 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.Qd4 to White's advantage. ) 13.exf6 gxf6 14.Bh6 dxc3 15.bxc3 ( This is far better than 15.Bxf8 when the continuation would be 15...cxb2 16.Bxe7 Qxe7 17.Rb1 c3 18.Qc2 (18.Qa4? Qc5+) 18...Qc5+ 19.Kh1 Rd8 20.Rbd1 Rxd1 21.Rxd1 Bxa2) 15...Qb6+ 16.Kh1 Rfd8 17.Qc2 Bd5 ( Now Black plays too rashly. First 17...f5 was dictated. If then 18.Rab1 Qe3 threatening 19... Rd2. ) 18.e4 Bc6 19.Qe2 f5 20.Rad1 Re8 ( If 20...Bxe4 21.Bxe4 Qxh6 22.Bxb7 Rxd1 23.Rxd1 Rd8 24.Bd5 and White has the best of it. ) 21.Qh5 Bxe4 22.Bxe4 fxe4 23.f5 Qf6 24.Rf4 Kh8 25.Rg4   ( White's only mistake in the game. Rather 25.Rh4 would have been immediately decisive, e.g. 25...e3 26.Bg5 Qxf5 27.Bf6+) 25...Rg8 26.Be3 Rxg4 27.Bd4 Rg7 28.Bxf6 Bxf6 29.Qe2 Re8 30.Qxc4 e3 31.Re1 Rgg8 32.Kg2 Re7 33.Kf3 Rge8 34.Re2 b6 35.h4 h6 36.Qc6 Kg7 37.Kg4 h5+ 38.Kf4 (38.Kf4 Re5 39.Qb7 R5e7 40.Qc6 Re5 41.g4? hxg4 42.h5 Re4+ 43.Qxe4 Bg5+)

1/2 - 1/2

2h. 32 - 2h. 30

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