Welcome to the Machine. Akiba Rubinstein's positional artistry.

On my own and with my students I like to study the evolution of chess, not only the openings but also the progression of positional technqiues and endgame mastery. The Polish Chess Grandmaster Akiba Rubinstein is renowned for being one of the greatest endgame artists of all time. This is unquestionable, however I feel that his contribution to the middlegame and openings is often overshadowed by his legendary endgame skills. This following game is an overlooked classic that shaped the theory of the Four Knights Opening. Give it a look and you will be able to use these ideas in your games as well!

By studying the games of the great masters of the past we are better able to make sense of the modern plans and openings.
The Greeks had it right when they said,
"nanos gigantum humeris insidentes"
Dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants

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Coach Carl


  • 4 years ago


    7083. Duped

    From page 399 of The Joys of Chess by Christian Hesse (Alkmaar, 2011):

    ‘All in all Akiba Rubinstein played 1985 tournament games in his life, of which 1763 had rook endgames.’

    The book’s author/compiler does not believe in using primary sources or in specifying his secondary sources for particular items (many positions and other material are taken from Chess Notes, in exchange for a one-line mention of our website in a list on page 427). Since The Joys of Chess gives no source for the Rubinstein statistics, we shall do so. The sentence was written by Irving Chernev on the inside front cover of the July 1952 Chess Review, was reproduced on page 270 of his book The Chess Companion (New York, 1968) and was an obvious joke.

    SOURCE: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/winter82.html

  • 4 years ago

    FM Boorchess

    Nimzo I am interested to know where you found the endgame stat. factoid ?

  • 4 years ago


    Based on this game and the variation of Ruy Lopez named after him, superficially it seems that Rubinstein liked his knights.   Petrosianic 

    He must have liked his rooks best of all, out of about 1700 serious games in his career 1500 ended up in R+P endgames

  • 4 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    Based on this game and the variation of Ruy Lopez named after him, superficially it seems that Rubinstein liked his knights.

  • 4 years ago


    The citation you quoted is in latin not greek. It is attributed to a french medieval scholar.

  • 4 years ago


    Rubinstein is one of my favorite GMs of all time, so I'm always happy to see articles/blogs/videos about him! 

    BTW according to IM Obodchuk in "The Four Kts Game" (NIC, 2011) "Black's fourth move (4...Nd4) was popularized by Akiba Rubinstein at the beginning of the last century, although it had been played since at least 1876." The earliest games I could find in which he used it were in 1907 vs Kuczynski (Lodz, 0-1) and Znosko-Borovsky (Ostend, 1-0)

    One of my favorite game collections is Rubinsteins Chess Masterpieces by IM Hans Kmoch (the game here is #65 in the book)


  • 4 years ago


    I am a huge fan of Rubinstein. Some of the old masters had a profound understanding of openings such as the Four Knights Game. Lasker was another virtuoso.

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