Monday, March 26, 2012

Rubinstein’s Chess Masterpieces by Hans Kmoch

100 selected games. Rubinstein had astonishing early success with a severely limited style and his ability is often over-rated. He lost many games to simple-minded knight combinations and to suggest that he would have had a chance in a match with Lasker is simply not true.. Alekhin lost his first two games to Rubinstein, in 1911 and 1912, but then became aware of Rubinstein’s weakness and won 8, lost 1, drew 3. These are excellent examples of how to attack with bishop, rook and queen, and Rubinstein was a great endgame player.  Reuben Fine said, “Rubinstein’s weakness was the middle-game.” Tarrasch said: “Fortunately the gods have placed the middle-game before the endgame.”

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