I attended LM Scott Massey's lecture on "Rubinstein's Endings" last night at the Kenilworth Chess Club, along with about ten other members of the club. Scott analyzed or briefly discussed eight excellent games, mostly from Rubinstein's early career, which showed how easily he beat opponents with "simple chess," always focused on keeping his pieces active and his pawns healthy while strictly limiting his opponent's counterplay. The eight games covered can all be found online, along with links to notes (where available):
- Rubinstein - Duras, Vienna 1908
Chernev's notes from Twelve Great Players at Google Books
- Rubinstein - Lasker, St. Petersburg 1909
Annotated by James Stripes at his Chess Skills based on the Donaldson book
- Rubinstein - Capablanca, San Sebastian 1911
Exeter Chess club lessons
- Schlechter - Rubinstein, San Sebastian 1912
- Rubinstein - Reti, Berlin 1928
- Mattison - Rubinstein, Karlsbad 1929
Chernev annotates in his Twelve Great Players
- Cohn - Rubinstein, St. Petersburg 1909
Baburin discusses at ChessCafe
- Spielmann - Rubinstein, St. Petersburg 1909
Dvoretsky discusses at ChessCafe
- Hans Kmoch, Rubinstein's Chess Masterpieces (1941)Published originally in German as Rubinstein Gewinnt! this is a wonderful collection of 100 games. The most recent Dover edition (though unfortunately still in descriptive notation) appears to be no longer in print, but I often see it available used and it is definitely worth having. It was clear during the lecture that this had been Scott's first choice to consult, and it is still a wonderful book for students -- who can find the games collected at Chessgames and most of the book online at Google books.
- Mihail Marin, Learn from the Legends (Quality Chess 2006), which begins with a chapter on Rubinstein's Rook Endings. You can find the games from this book, which won the ChessCafe book of the year award, collected at Chessgames.
- John Donaldson and Nikolay Minev, The Life and Games of Akiva Rubinstein: Uncrowned King (2007)Building on earlier work by the same authors from 1994, this two volume biography and games collection is surely the definitive work on Rubinstein.