Carlsen's Style Is Not New- Check Out Rubinstein!
Many things are written about how the current GMs are so much better than the older generations, but as someone who grew up looking at games of the old Masters, such as Alekhine, Capablanca and others, I beg to differ.
Besides, who did the new generation learn from? Computers? Hardly. Even the computers contain moves played by the Masters of years past.
I was researching the games of great players who used to uphold the Black side of 1...e5 against 1.e4. So I dug up my books with game collections...Steinitz, Rubinstein, Morphy, Emmanuel Lasker, Paul Keres. My intention was to show how the great 1...e5 players of today learned from the great Masters of the past...how players like Aronian, Anand, Caruana and others learned from them.
Today I found a gem of a game, in which Rubinstein's style reminds me of.....Carlsen! Rubinstein obtains a small advantage, and proceeds to grind down his opponent in Carlsen's style. This game was played in 1908, when Rubinstein was 28 years old. Let us see....
As you see, the art of gaining a small advantage and grinding down the opponent is not new....
To be continued!