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Bronstein's Picturesque Games
Compiled by Brown
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70 games in the back of "Sorcerer's Apprentice," not analyzed in the book but worthy of our attention, if only to catch a glimpse of creativity and improvisation in chess at its best.


9.Be3!? 20.Nxf8!?
Bronstein vs I Zaslavsky, 1938 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

<30..Bd3> <31..Rfb7>
V Makogonov vs Bronstein, 1944 
(E90) King's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

Lot's of play but first things first.
Smyslov vs Bronstein, 1944 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Early KID fianchetto
Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1945 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

23.Bg4! 27.Nxg6! 31.Ne7!
Bronstein vs I Rudakovsky, 1945 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

12..h5!? <13..h4!?> 39..Rxg7!
Chekhover vs Bronstein, 1945 
(A15) English, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

34.Rc1! with the better endgame
Bronstein vs Furman, 1946 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 57 moves, 1-0

<29.Rxf6!>
Bronstein vs Levenfish, 1946 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 30 moves, 1-0

22...Nxg4!
G Abrahams vs Bronstein, 1947 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 32 moves, 0-1

Position after black's 17th
Keres vs Bronstein, 1947 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Blunders by Black make it easy.
Bronstein vs Najdorf, 1950 
(E29) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 21 moves, 1-0

22..Bc4!
Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 64 moves, 0-1

21.b4!
Bronstein vs Geller, 1951 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 50 moves, 1-0

25.Bd3!?
Bronstein vs D Horne, 1954 
(E50) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5, 31 moves, 1-0

LOOOOOOOOOOONG
Bronstein vs C H Alexander, 1954 
(A80) Dutch, 120 moves, 0-1

Zugzwang with 55.Qb1
Bronstein vs Teschner, 1954 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 68 moves, 1-0

Queen exchange solidifies advantage, moves 32-34
Bronstein vs Gligoric, 1954 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 61 moves, 1-0

11..Bg8 24..Qf4
G Porreca vs Bronstein, 1954 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 42 moves, 0-1

9..b6 with the initiative
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1957 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Queen on the run.
Gurgenidze vs Bronstein, 1958 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Complete chaos
Bisguier vs Bronstein, 1961 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 41 moves, 0-1

KIA hybrid. 26.e6!
Bronstein vs J H Donner, 1961 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

17..f4!? 29..Rf8!
Stein vs Bronstein, 1962 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

25.Bxd5! 27.Qxd8!
Bronstein vs O'Kelly, 1963 
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Playing with the computer
Bronstein vs M20, 1963 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

11.g4 13.c5 22.Qd6
Bronstein vs P Dely, 1963 
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 32 moves, 1-0

14.Nh4! 17.f5!
Bronstein vs Korchnoi, 1964 
(D24) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1-0

14.Bxc4 22.Rh2 32.h5
Bronstein vs Korchnoi, 1964 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

23.Bd2 or 23.Qxe6
Bronstein vs Uhlmann, 1965 
(C18) French, Winawer, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

24..Bxh3? <24..Qa5>
Polugaevsky vs Bronstein, 1967 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 55 moves, 0-1

8..Nbd7 to 9..Nb6 24..fxe6
R Fuchs vs Bronstein, 1968 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 25 moves, 0-1

Bizarro opening
A Jongsma vs Bronstein, 1968 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

11..b5!? and squeeze
L Shamkovich vs Bronstein, 1971 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 56 moves, 0-1

Dragon demolition
Bronstein vs Parma, 1971 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

14.b3, moves 18-20 and 24.Bd2!
Bronstein vs Hug, 1973 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 56 moves, 1-0

10.Nd5!
Bronstein vs Gheorghiu, 1973 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 36 moves, 1-0

33.Bc6! 35.Rxg6
Bronstein vs Saidy, 1973 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 41 moves, 1-0

10.f5! 11.g5!!
Bronstein vs Beliavsky, 1975 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 48 moves, 1-0

6.b4!? <6.Nb3> 10.a4
Bronstein vs Romanishin, 1975 
(B27) Sicilian, 54 moves, 1-0

17.Bf4!? 22.a3 <38..Rc4!?>
Bronstein vs Tal, 1975 
(B44) Sicilian, 121 moves, 1-0

31.Ng5!
Bronstein vs Korchnoi, 1976 
(B74) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 78 moves, 1-0

12.e4! 32.Nd4!?
Bronstein vs Hartston, 1976 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 66 moves, 1-0

<24..Ne3!?> 27..Bc4
Sax vs Bronstein, 1977 
(C16) French, Winawer, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

17..Bd4?! <25..Qxd4!> 28.d5!
Tal vs Bronstein, 1982 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

11..Bf3!? 18..a6!?
N Rashkovsky vs Bronstein, 1982
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

19.Nb5!? 21.Bc5
Bronstein vs J M Hodgson, 1989 
(D98) Grunfeld, Russian, 34 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs Larry Evans, 1955 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 44 moves, 1-0

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