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Bronstein's Odyssey
Compiled by Everett

From 1976-1989 David Bronstein's participation in tournaments abroad and at home were very limited by the chess officials in the USSR, due to his refusal to sign a political letter condemning Viktor Korchnoi. Nonetheless, included in the beginning of this collection are games from this period.

After the fall of the Iron Curtain, he was again able to accept invitations to various events abroad. With this new lease on chess-life, Bronstein participated in tournaments from Israel to England to Spain and many places between.

Bronstein himself writes in Secret Notes that during this time he no longer had the endurance nor the focus to realize successfully all of his remarkable creations at the board. Yet even in his 60's and 70's he was able to give us a few more gems. What is striking about the games is his still fertile imagination, combinative talent, and free-thinking in the opening, notably a few TNs in the beginning phases of the game. Of course, long past doing any particular work at chess theory, these ideas were OTB concoctions.

Enjoy! The man was a genius, and I have benefited from his playful attitude and willingness to explore even more than from studying his remarkable combinations. I hope you do too.

Beautiful pawn sac creates scope for the Q
H Pohla vs Bronstein, 1977 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 33 moves, 0-1

Bronstein's fluent Dutch
H Ree vs Bronstein, 1977 
(A92) Dutch, 34 moves, 0-1

Killer instinct with 27.b4
Bronstein vs Z Lanka, 1978 
(B58) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

Open lines vs White's K
B Taborov vs Bronstein, 1978 
(C76) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation, 31 moves, 0-1

Pet C-K takes another victim
B Ivanovic vs Bronstein, 1979 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

A rare Benoni
Hartston vs Bronstein, 1979 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 38 moves, 0-1

Channeling Duras
Bronstein vs Chekhov, 1980 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 1-0

Benoni rubble after 18.g4!?
Bronstein vs M Kopylov, 1981 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

KG vs. Yusupov
Bronstein vs Yusupov, 1981 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 48 moves, 1-0

Torre vs KID, indirect exchange sac to pawn roller
Bronstein vs Gufeld, 1981 
(A48) King's Indian, 38 moves, 1-0

An interesting material imbalance
V A Loginov vs Bronstein, 1982 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

10..f5!? Dropping a piece?!
K Aseev vs Bronstein, 1982 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 14 moves, 0-1

Positional treatment vs the KID
Bronstein vs Kupreichik, 1983 
(E90) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

Moves 19-22
Bronstein vs I Sokolov, 1987 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 33 moves, 1-0

E-pawn wedge
Bronstein vs S Danailov, 1989 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 30 moves, 1-0

New and Old in the Catalan
N Stajcic vs Bronstein, 1989 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 32 moves, 0-1

Bronstein vs I Farago, 1990 
(C18) French, Winawer, 23 moves, 1-0

Hunting the Q for major development.
B Olsson vs Bronstein, 1990 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 22 moves, 0-1

Another invention 9.e6
Bronstein vs V Tukmakov, 1990 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 85 moves, 1-0

Destroying the Hedgehog
Bronstein vs L Schandorff, 1990 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 42 moves, 1-0

Preparation in Browne's honor
Bronstein vs Browne, 1990 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 34 moves, 1-0

Ridiculously complex
Bronstein vs Vyzmanavin, 1991 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 62 moves, 1-0

TN 7.g3
Bronstein vs A Istratescu, 1991 
(E90) King's Indian, 31 moves, 1-0

Does Fritz really understand this game?
I Veinger vs Bronstein, 1991 
(C59) Two Knights, 36 moves, 0-1

Rapid KID vs the machine: 19..Bxh3!?
Deep Thought vs Bronstein, 1992 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 42 moves, 0-1

KID-style finish
G Timmerman vs Bronstein, 1992 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 35 moves, 0-1

Genius play from the father of rapid
DeFirmian vs Bronstein, 1993 
(C16) French, Winawer, 56 moves, 0-1

Bronstein's KIA
Bronstein vs Plaskett, 1993 
(B40) Sicilian, 61 moves, 1-0

Vs the Q-side Stonewall
M Nagaran vs Bronstein, 1993 
(A20) English, 38 moves, 0-1

Using the Q along the weakened fianchetto diagonal
Chess Genius vs Bronstein, 1994 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 30 moves, 0-1

8..Qe8!? TN, who needs theory?
J Henriksen vs Bronstein, 1994 
(E92) King's Indian, 31 moves, 0-1

The 50 year novelty, 7.Nc3
Bronstein vs K Astrup, 1994 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

Velimirovic vs Bronstein, 1994 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 38 moves, 0-1

TN 12..c6
Pachman vs Bronstein, 1994 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

Lockdown on the Q-side
Bronstein vs Hector, 1994 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

Was Bronstein planning <10.Bxb5 Nxd4!?>
T Wall vs Bronstein, 1994 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 0-1

French KID vs the computer
Kallisto vs Bronstein, 1994 
(C16) French, Winawer, 40 moves, 0-1

Apple Press
M-Chess vs Bronstein, 1994 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 37 moves, 0-1

Another KIA 17.Ng4 is worth a look
Bronstein vs B Kelly, 1995 
(B40) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1-0

22..Bg4 confusing craftiness
N McDonald vs Bronstein, 1995 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 46 moves, 0-1

Another KID vs English
D Kolbus vs Bronstein, 1995 
(A23) English, Bremen System, Keres Variation, 43 moves, 0-1

Interference with 20.Nd5!?
Bronstein vs A Trifunovic, 1995
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 30 moves, 1-0

Delayed Alapin 25.e5!
Bronstein vs M de Villers, 1995 
(B50) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

Q+N rampage
O Thorsson vs Bronstein, 1996 
(E92) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Bronstein vs A Sulypa, 1996 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 43 moves, 1-0

Septuagenarian Magic
Bronstein vs Lputian, 1996 
(D74) Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O, 30 moves, 1-0

Moves 20, 30, 37
Bronstein vs XXXX, 1997 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

Dutch Masterpiece
MacChess vs Bronstein, 1997 
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 60 moves, 0-1

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