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Welcome chess friends. What is this page about? Of course it’s all about chess.

This also means current and historical chess games. We have put some magic into the blog so that you can enjoy commented games without having to imagine all the moves being played.

As a first example here’s one of my favourite games of all time: “Rubinstein’s Immortal Game”, with notes by chess giants Carl Schlechter and Dr. Savielly Tartakower.

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[Event “Łódź”]
[Date “1907.??.??”]
[EventDate “?”]
[Round “?”]
[Result “0-1”]
[White “Georg Rotlewi”]
[Black “Akiba Rubinstein”]
[ECO “D32”]
[PlyCount “50”]

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 c5 4.c4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.dxc5 ({Tartakower:
Less consistent than} 6.a3) ({or} 6.Bd3 {maintaining as long as
possible the tension in the center.}) Bxc5 7.a3 a6 8.b4 Bd6
9.Bb2 O-O 10.Qd2? {Schlechter: A very bad place for the
queen.} ({The best continuation is} 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Be2 {followed
by O-O}) ({Tartakower: Loss of time. The queen will soon have
to seek a better square (14.Qe2). The most useful move is}
10.Qc2) 10…Qe7! {Schlechter: A fine sacrifice of a pawn.} 11.Bd3
({If} 11.cxd5 exd5 12.Nxd5? Nxd5 13.Qxd5 Rd8! {and Black has a strong
attack.}) ({Schlechter: Better was} 11.cxd5 exd5 12.Be2)
dxc4 12.Bxc4 b5 13.Bd3 Rd8 14.Qe2 Bb7 15.O-O Ne5! {Schlechter:
Introduced by Marshall and Schlechter in a similar
position with opposite colors, but here with the extra move
Rd8.} 16.Nxe5 Bxe5 {Tartakower: Threatening to win a pawn by
17…Bxh2+ 18.Kxh2 Qd6+. White’s next move provides against
this, but loosens the kingside defenses.} 17.f4 Bc7 18.e4 Rac8
19.e5 Bb6+ 20.Kh1 Ng4! 21.Be4 {Schlechter: There is no
defense} ({e.g.} 21.Bxh7+ Kxh7 22.Qxg4 Rd2 {etc.}) ({or} 21.h3 Qh4
22.Qxg4 Qxg4 23.hxg4 Rxd3 {threatening …Rh3 mate and
…Rxc3}) ({or} 21.Qxg4 Rxd3 22.Ne2 Rc2 23.Bc1 g6! {threatening
…h5}) ({or} 21.Ne4 Qh4 22.h3 ({if} 22.g3 Qxh2+ 23.Qxh2 Nxh2 {and
wins}) 22…Rxd3 23.Qxd3 Bxe4 24.Qxe4 Qg3 25.hxg4 Qh4# {mate})
Qh4 22.g3 ({Schlechter: or} 22.h3 Rxc3! 23.Bxc3 Bxe4 24.Qxg4
Qxg4 25.hxg4 Rd3 {wins}) ({Tartakower: the alternative} 22.h3
{parrying the mate, would lead to the following brilliant lines
of play} 22…Rxc3! {an eliminating sacrifice, getting rid of
the knight, which overprotects the bishop on e4} 23.Bxc3 ({or}
23.Qxg4 Rxh3+ 24.Qxh3 Qxh3+ 25.gxh3 Bxe4+ 26.Kh2 Rd2+ 27.Kg3
Rg2+ 28.Kh4 Bd8+ 29.Kh5 Bg6# {mate}) 23…Bxe4+ 24.Qxg4 ({if}
24.Qxe4 Qg3 25.hxg4 Qh4# {mate}) 24…Qxg4 25.hxg4 Rd3 {with the
double threat of 26…Rh3# mate and 26….Rxc3, and Black
wins. Beautiful as are these variations, the continuation in
the text is still more splendid.}) Rxc3!! 23.gxh4 Rd2!!
24.Qxd2 Bxe4+ 25.Qg2 Rh3! {and checkmate with Rxh2 is inevidable…} 0-1

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