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Sergey Vsevolodovich Belavenets vs David Bronstein
URS (1941)
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Double Fianchetto Attack (E64)  ·  0-1


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Aug-06-05  kashparov72c5: the more "solid" 23. nf4 allows nxf4 24. exf4 (24. gxf4 Bh3!) nh3ch 25. kg2(25. kf1 e3) Bf3ch 26. nxf3 exf3ch 27. kf1 Qd3ch wins.
Jul-20-09  sfm: <kashparov72c5: the more "solid" 23. nf4...> As I played through the game I was just wondering why White did not play that move. Thanks for saving me the work...
Aug-31-09  True2theGame: Brutal Tactics! Bravo...
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  wordfunph: Belavenets-Bronstein Game, 13th USSR Championship, Semi-Final 1941:

Belavenets was the Chairman of the Qualification Commission of the Soviet Chess Federation. After Belavenets resigned, he was silent for a minute. Then he smiled and said to Bronstein, "I see that we made the right decision when we promoted you to the rank of master."

Jan-20-11  sevenseaman: A powerhouse game. How did the World Championship elude Bronstein?
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  wordfunph: game's anecdote..

At the very time the participants were sitting at the chess board and considering their moves, on the western borders, the German soldiers were awaiting the order to invade. And it followed very soon. Sergey Belavenets never again returned to the chess board. He perished in battle in the first year of the war.

Apr-05-13  The17thPawn: Does anyone see which move made this game irretrievable for white? I can see the end coming around move 22 but can't see any obvious improvements that come earlier for white.
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  Phony Benoni: 23.Kf1 is clearly a blunder, walking into the pin that allows 23...Nxe3+; 23.Nf4 doesn't look disastrous. However, White's whole set-up may be ill-advised; for instance, after <17.Rdb1>

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Apr-05-13  The17thPawn: <Phony Benoni> - Earlier kibitzing already condemns 23. nf4 but I was looking for earlier moves such as the move 17.Rdb1 you pointed out. I agree that whites set-up does look odd but strange set-ups aren't always weak. Thanks for the reply.
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  Phony Benoni: <The17thPawn> Yes, the line given after 23.Nf4 looks convincing. The game appears in Bronstein's "The Sorceror's Apprentice", but the notes are light; no lengthy variations, and about the only substantial comment is comparing the piece deployments after 21...Nd5. Bronstein seems to imply that Black is already winning by that point, and that White's defeat was due to a bad plan rather than a blunder.
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