In this week's column I look at a pawn structure that "hit the big time" thanks to the great Akiba Rubinstein, and trace a little of its evolution to the present day.
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The great Akiba Rubinstein (1882-1961) was perhaps the strongest player never to have a chance to play for the world championship, and a giant of early 20th century. In addition to his great practical strength in the middlegame, his openings were remarkably modern while in the endgame he had few if any peers.
He was most famous for his rook endings, but he won some classic pawn endings as well, and in this week's ChessVideos show I take a look at three of them. They're very instructive, and clearly illustrate that small advantages in a king and pawn ending are often enough to win the game. (You'll also have a good workout if you stop the recordings to try to solve the positions for yourself.)
So have a look: the show is free, as always (free registration required), and will be available on-demand for the next month or so.