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Modern Ideas in Chess by Richard Rèti

24. Rubinstein - Lasker

The reproach which has often been aimed at Rubinstein is that he plays one opening only (Queen’s Gambit). One writer expresses his censure on that point by saying that a great artist should never be one-sided. But Rubinstein is not a man who can do all things. He is no virtuoso, but rather a priest in his art. Can a single missionary teach at one time one religion and at other times another?

Just as little could Rubinstein, in order to please the public or merely for vanity’s sake, play anything but what his conviction prompted him.

The great artist is always humble and trusting. He is not the master of his art; but rather its servant.


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