Rubinstein in Southport, 1924

A couple of days ago my son and I went through a Rubinstein – Heath game from DuMont’s 200 Miniature Games Of Chess. This piqued my interest because the game was played in Southport, where I was born and currently reside.

It turns out that Rubinstein was here for the Major Open section of the 1924 British Championships. He won it by winning all his games, chess historian Edward Winter mentioning it here:

Also in the summer of 1924 the British Championship was held in Southport. It was won by H.E. Atkins, who celebrated his 52nd birthday during the event. It was his eighth national title, though the first since 1911. (He was also to win once more, in 1925.) The ‘Major Open’ tournament played concurrently found Rubinstein outclassing a rather weak field, scoring 11 straight victories.

The game itself was a curiously casual affair by Rubinstein in which he opened with the King’s Gambit and then merrily sacrifices a piece with 12.Ne6. This seems curiously at odds with his reputation as a player who ignored the opponent and just played the position.