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Spielmann Sacrifices For Gorgeous Zugzwang - Best Of The 1910s - Spielmann vs. Rubinstein, 1911

Spielmann Sacrifices For Gorgeous Zugzwang - Best Of The 1910s - Spielmann vs. Rubinstein, 1911

SamCopeland
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Rudolf Spielmann literally wrote the book on sacrificial chess. His masterpiece, "The Art of Sacrifice in Chess" showcased his truly romantic style while laying out very helpful theoretical and psychological tips for approaching sacrificial aggression.

Spielmann was certainly a player who cared not just about the objective evaluation of a position but also about the practical evaluation of the position. Playing against a player with a truly classical style in Akiba Rubinstein, Spielmann goes for aggression that must be met with complex and incisive play. Rubinstein shies away from these lines and soon suffers as a result. Once Spielmann gets the advantage, he is ruthless, creating a ferocious attack on the g-file and sacrificing for a fine zugzwang.

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Spielmann's 15.f4?! is a game-defining move in many ways. The computer disapproves, but soon Spielmann has an open g-file to work with. The buildup with 24.Kh1, 28.Re2, 29.Rg1, and 30. Reg2 is quite pleasing, but it is the denouement with 32.Nf6+! and 34.Bd6! that completely binds Black and finishes the game.

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