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Yuri Balashov vs David Bronstein
43rd USSR Championship (1975), Yerevan ARM, rd 8, Dec-??
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Breyer Defense (C95)  ·  1-0


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Mar-18-04  BeautyInChess: Nice. I didn't see 31. ♘h6+ being a forced capture but it is. If 31 ... ♔h8 32. ♘xf7+ ♔g8 33. ♘h6+ ♔h8 34. ♕xf8# or (33. ... gxh6 now? results in the game scenario minus one more pawn for black)
Mar-18-04  chessfected: I first thought of 29. Nh6+ gh 30. Qg4+ N(or B)g7 31. Bxa4 Qb7 (or Qa6) 32. Rxc8 Rxc8 33. Bc6 and it seems like White has a significant advantage as he can swing his rook and queen bishop over to black's shattered kingside. Any comments? Definitely not as forceful as the direct 29. Bxa4 though!
Mar-18-04  masterwojtek: <Beautyinchess> instead of 32.Nxf7 try Qxf7 with many mate atacks and even a smothered mate in one variation!
Mar-18-04  TheAussiePatzer: I found the line and would have played it, but I also wrongly assumed (without much thought) that the transposition

29.Nh6+ gxh6 30.Bxa4 Qxa4 31.Rxc8 Rxc8 32.Qg4+ Ng7 33.Qxc8

would also work, but actually black then has the better move 30...Qa6, although white should still win.

Mar-18-04  Calchexas: Wow. I saw 29. Bxa4, but not the continuation.

Anyway, Bxa4 makes more sense after you realize that the previous moves had been 27. Rac1 a4 28. bxa4 Nxa4. This is probably one of the few puzzles where it was almost as easy to see OTB as it is given "White to play and win."

Mar-18-04  karlzen: I wonder what kept white from taking on e4 on the 16th move? Did he see ghosts or was he afraid of something real? I guess white intended 17.g4 but as d7 and c5 are free for black's knights, there's not much compensation. A little kingside attack but can it really work? I'm sure Korchnoi would've chopped some wood there.

27...a4?? - ouch! leaving the king with no working defence and black's pieces hang, a4, c8, f7.

Mar-18-04  znosko2000: Does anyone have a reply for karlzen's question why Bronstein didn't take on e4 on the 16th move? I had the same question.
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  kevin86: A nice sequence:attacking the queen to open the file for the rook,exchanging the rooks,clearing the g file by a sac,then forking the king and rook!
Mar-18-04  patonelli: <masterwojtek: <Beautyinchess> instead of 32.Nxf7 try Qxf7 with many mate atacks> In this case 32. ... Nf6 followed by 33. ... Qe8 would delay a decision, right?
Mar-18-04  doreshk: <karlzen>,<znosko2000> think moves 15 and 16 for black are in wrong order here. there is the same game in database with 15. a5 16.Nc5 for black. Balashov vs Bronstein, 1975
Mar-18-04  karlzen: Thanks for clearing that up, <doreshk>! I was getting anxoius about my abillities there for a while. :)

<patonelli>, After 32...Nf6 33.Qg8+ black finds himself in the smothered mate situation masterwojtek gave.

<chessfected>, in your line black can also take the bishop on a4 because after 32.Rxc8 he has 32...f5! However, with some skill white is still winning easily: 33.exf5! Rxc8 34.f6 Rc7 35.Bxh6 Kh8 (if 35...Qe8 white will exchange on g7 and then take on b4 with two pawns more) 36.Kh2! (When analysing the position, I came to the conclusion that black has no useful move. Still this is not just a zugzwanger, white wants to play Rc1 without getting stabbed by the check. Exclam for beauty - exchanging on g7 followed by Qc8+ and Qc7 is also very good) 36...Qxa2? (if 36...Rf7 then white exchanges on g7, once then checks on c8, exchanges on g7 and checks on c7 picking up the d6-pawn) 37.Bxg7+ Bxg7 38.Rc1!! (Qe6! followed by Qe8 and Re4 is also winning) 38...Rf7 39.Rc8+ Bf8 40.Rxf8+.

So, I came up with an improvement for black, 32...h5!?. Then white can sac his queen on g7 but that is probably dubious as black will get the a-pawn and the play f7-f5 and white will have a very hard time converting it to a win. 33.Rxf8+ is better: 33...Rxf8 34.Qg3 but black can still struggle.

Remember everyone, finding the "right" move at the wrong time is not finding the right move.

Premium Chessgames Member <moves 15 and 16 for black are in wrong order here. there is the same game in database with 15.a5 16.Nc5 for black.> Thanks a lot for pointing that out. We've deleted the duplicate and fixed the score here.
Mar-18-04  boobsmacfadin: that was a hard one...
Mar-19-04  patonelli: <<karlzen> to <patonelli>, After 32...Nf6 33.Qg8+... > Yes, very nice indeed. Thanks.
Mar-19-04  alphee: Took me some time to understand it should start with Fxa4 as any move from the Queen or the Knight first didn't bring any decisive advantage. Nevertheless I could not find the ending after 32. Qg4 Bg7 - 33 Qxc8 and did not envisage Black resigning. Good puzzle. For me <BeautyInChess> 31. Nh6+ lead to a force capture. If 31 ... Fe7 then 32. Qg8++ and if 31 ... gxh6 then Qxf8++. It is even the main reason why I went to Fxa4.
Mar-12-10  howlwolf: Instead of 21 . . . b4, how about Ne6; taking the knight is almost forced else it goes to d4. So 22. de6 Rc2 23 ef7+ Kf7 24 Bg5 Kg8 25. Ng4 Be7 and I think black has equalized and maybe even has a little plus.
May-01-11  rodrigochaves: This game remind me Fischer-Keres 1959.

Fischer vs Keres, 1959

The tactical pattern (Ch6+ in view of explore a unprotected piece along the diagonal h3-c8). Its nice to see that every opening have your own patterns (strategical, tactical and positional).

If won´t be like this, anyone could play a good chess, bacause, chess is essencially patterns recognition.

May-01-11  bronkenstein: <chess is essencially patterns recognition>

Bronstein , Alekhine and Tal are turning in their graves :)

Aug-20-12  harish22: amazing that tactician like Bronstien would miss the exchange of rooks on c-file. I guess he was just counting that white would not exchange his "Ruy Lopez" bishop for the knight.
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