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Good question. White would defend the threat of Rf2 similarly to in the game-- by playing Rg2. I guess Re6 is just a tiny improvement, because the white rook on e2 has less possible moves than the rook would have on g2. Also the R on e2 takes away one possible square for the white king as it comes into the center to defend the e3-pawn.
Excellent video, Pruess! I have one question:The move you repeat at 20:30 - Re6 to attack the pawn. Why is this better than Rf6 directly, threatening to attack h2 pawn and shut out whites king from the game with Rf2?
Very instructional, thanks David, I like your vids!
For example Kf3 Kd2 Rd6+ Ke1 Rd3 Rf2+ Kxe3 Rxf7 is more complicated than the way Rubinstein played it. Advancing the g-pawn (and h-pawn) first strengthens black's position before taking action, which means less counterplay, less chance of a draw.
No why dosent he go kf3 instead of g5 because wouldn't that kick the rook out and win the e3 pawn
confused... at 17:33 black's last move *was* g5.
At 17:33 how come black just goes to f3 instead of g5
Here's another video on this game: http://www.chess.com/video/player/greatest-chess-minds-akiba-rubinstein---part-10
thanks :) glad you liked it!
This is a excellent game that teaches rook endings aren't always draws and split pawns can be converted into wins. thnx a lot IM dpruess
Great video and great lesson! As you said at the beginning... games like this make you think tha playing chess is an easy task. What a vision Rubinstein had! Thanks.
yep, i would just say: not merely potential advantage, but actual advantage. as Rubinstein proceeded to expertly demonstrate, those split pawns are a solid advantage that black can use in the endgame.
Black queen gets to the center of the board, attacking knight, bishop and pawn. White blocks, forcing black to attack pawn on g2, which he doesn't mind because it generates isolated king side pawns. White counters with a double attack on queen and rook. Black accepts the queen trade giving him potential advantage in the end game.
jpr, you're very welcome. i'm glad you're enjoying the videos.
David, thanks so much. I just discovered this site about a month ago, and have been learning a ton. I very much appreciate the tone and feel of your videos--I have enjoyed them immensely. You have a genuine respect for the learning process. thanks!
Double attack, double defense. Wonderful!!
David played Akiba's endgame like silken chocolate pruess
by IM David Pruess
Beginner chess players, meet brilliant technique! IM David Pruess brings us the second video installment on the subject of Akiba Rubinstein's endgame play this weekend, and it doesn't disappoint. After a required review of the Opening and Middlegame, we find ourselves in a nearly equal Rook Ending, save the difference of an isolated pawn or two. Enough of an advantage for 'Rubi's Rook' to go to town and take home the full point though... Enjoy!
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IM David Pruess
At the age of twelve, David was lucky to be brought by his mother to a session of the Berkeley Chess School's Friday night kid's chess club, where he met NM Robert Haines, who showed him what chess was. Eighteen years later, he is still in love with the game. He has shared first in a few major tournaments, eg: American Open, North American Open, and Open Rohde (France), and played in several US Championships.
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