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Re: Ressources on Rubinstein
Reply #1 - 12/30/20 at 05:56:44
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Delchev's Grunfeld Reloaded has a chapter on the Rubinstein Symmetrical English. It does look like a good complement to the Grunfeld as many lines Black plays ...Nxc3 and g6.

As someone who plays both sides of the Rubinstein, I think 5. e3 and 5. g3 are practically more effective than 5. d4 and 5. e4 mainly because grunfeld-like positions can be avoided (presumably the purpose of the 1. Nf3/c4 move order). 5. d4 is the recommendation of the old Opening for White According to Kramnik but ...Nxc3 6. bxc3 g6 7. e3 doesn't look potent to me. After 5. e4 Nb4 and then later g6, i think Black has easy play based on the d4 square - Svidler tried 5. e4 as White without much success some years back.

As for recent works White players can go for Marin DVD/book for 5. g3 or Cummings on 5. e3. I didn't like the recent Hansen "English Breakfast" book as it felt abit like a database dump.
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Ressources on Rubinstein
12/29/20 at 21:42:53
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As far as I can see, the Rubinstein System in the Symmetrical, from Black's perspective, is not very well covered either in the forum or in existing literature.

So I wanted to ask about its current theoretical state and up-to-date ressources that I might have missed. Or whether someone knows that something is planned to be released soon.

I'm interested because I enjoy playing the White side of the Maroczy Bind, with 1.Nf3 as the repertoire basis, and I remember that e.g. Dean/Ippolito gave the Rubinstein a lot of respect in Wojo 3. In general, this system is often described as ambitious. Of course I have no illusions that being down a tempo would not makes a world of a difference, and I know that White can throw a lot of spanners in the works on the way to the Bind.

Also, I guess that there are a lot of early deviations to keep in mind, like 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4/5.d4, that produce completely different positions. So another question would be: how practical would it be to have the Rubinstein as the backbone to a 1.c4-repertoire for Black in terms of its wideness? For a non-profesional, that is.

A Black repertoire based on the Rubinstein should work well against 1.Nf3 too, shouldn't it?

Thanks to everyone in advance!
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