Rubinstein vs Spielmann
[Event "Pistyan"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Rubinstein"] [Black "Spielmann"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A43"] [Opening "Old Benoni: Schmidt"] {32. SPIELMANN (1883-1942) Spielmann knew his own strength, but also his own weakness. "I can handle an attacking position just as well as Alekhine", he said, "but in actual play I cannot often achieve such a position". Spielmann was indeed a magnificent attacking player. The bravura with which he could carry an attack through to a brilliant conclusion appealed as much to the expert as it did to the public. His main weakness was a lack of opening knowledge, and this deficiency revealed itself in an inability to build the kind of position in which he could display his powers. On the other hand it may also explain the success of this Austrian master against, for instance, Rubinstein, whose way of building up his game also left something to be desired. Spielmann's style calls to mind that of Chigorin. In sheer technique of combination he outdid the great Russian master, though he was not his equal in originality} 1. d4 c5 2. d5 d6 3. c4 g6 {This line, the Benoni Defence, is dynamic choice; both sides have chances in a positions which are sharp both positionally and tactically} 4. e4 Bg7 5. Bd3 e6 6. Nc3 Ne7 7. Nge2 exd5 8. exd5 (8. cxd5 {Tarrasch}) 8... Nd7 9. f4 Nf6 10. Ng3 $2 { The Knight will be a target here, as Black's next move demonstrates} 10... h5 $1 11. O-O h4 12. Nge4 Nxe4 13. Bxe4 Bd4+ 14. Kh1 Nf5 15. Bxf5 (15. -- Ng3+ $1) 15... Bxf5 16. Re1+ {Here, or at latest on the next move, White had to block the h-pawn's advance by playing Ph3} (16. h3) 16... Kf8 17. Qf3 h3 $1 18. g3 ( 18. g4 Qh4 $19) 18... Qd7 19. Bd2 Bg4 20. Qf1 { The far advance h-pawn is clearly a thorn in White's side} (20. Qd3 Qf5 $1 21. Qxf5 Bf3#) 20... Qf5 21. Rac1 Kg7 22. Be3 Bf6 23. b3 Rhe8 24. Bf2 { Otherwise Black builds up pressure by doubling Rooks on the e-file} 24... Bf3+ 25. Kg1 Bg2 26. Rxe8 Bxf1 $1 { The Queen will be stronger than the two Rooks in this position} 27. Rxa8 Qd3 $1 28. Re8 (28. Rxf1 Qf3 $19) 28... Qf3 $1 (28... Bxc3 29. Re3) 29. Kxf1 Qh1+ 30. Bg1 Qg2+ 31. Ke1 Qxg1+ 32. Kd2 Qxh2+ 33. Ne2 Qg2 34. Rg1 Qxg1 $1 35. Nxg1 h2 0-1
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OpeningA43 — Old Benoni: Schmidt