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A Brilliant Budapest Gambit - Best Of The 1910s - Rubinstein vs. Vidmar

A Brilliant Budapest Gambit - Best Of The 1910s - Rubinstein vs. Vidmar

SamCopeland
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Every sportsman dreams of scoring a critical victory in dramatic circumstances. One such fantasy for chess players is that of unleashing a special, new opening and scoring a dramatic and beautiful victory. Cases of such wild success are rare in chess, but Milan Vidmar achieved just this feat against Akiba Rubinstein in the Budapest Gambit.

Vidmar's use of this rare opening against Rubinstein lead him to the following brilliant victory and short king hunt. Shockingly, the great Rubinstein lost not only this game, but two more. He scored zero points of three in his first games against this novel gambit.

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Vidmar's use of the Budapest Gambit was largely a model of how to play the black side. He developed and castled quickly while doubling White's pawns on c3. Although Vidmar's queen invasion might have been a bit premature, he soon had attacking opportunities after natural but inaccurate play by Rubinstein. Sacrificing to open the e-file and drag the king into the open was met with tremendous success and an early victory.

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