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Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush vs David Bronstein
USSR Championship (1944), Moscow URS, rd 1, May-21
Old Indian Defense: Ukrainian Variation (A54)  ·  0-1


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Dec-10-06  Maynard5: Some good play here by the late David Bronstein, whose recent death was a loss to chess, but whose games continue to inspire. White's position becomes cramped after 12. a3? e4. Instead, White should open the position with 12. dxe5.
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  Fusilli: 36...Nf3 would be strong too, right? e.g. 37.Nxf3 Qxf3 38.Qc7 Bg5
Dec-21-13  nummerzwei: 10...Qa5?!

It's from 1944 for a reason.

<36...Nf3 would be strong too, right? e.g. 37.Nxf3 Qxf3 38.Qc7 Bg5>

It would (according to Bronznik), but your line is not testing. White can win the h3-pawn with 39.Qc8+ Kg7 40. Qxh3.

However, Black then has 40...Qh1+ 41. Ke2 Qb1!. Now White needs cover b5, but 42. Nc7 Qc2+ (42...Bb4!) drops the knight, so 42. Qd7.

Now 42... Qd3+ 42.Ke1 Ba3!! gives Black a decisive attack. White is mainly unable to prevent Bb2-c3+.

In short, Bronstein played it safe.

Dec-21-13  fishcat: 36...Nf3 is winning, and 37.Nxf3 Qxf3 don't change that, but 38.Qc7 Qd1#
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  HeMateMe: Bronstein knew how to break some eggs, to make an omelet. He wins this game, but only scored 6.5/16. This is the 1944 USSR ch., he may have been very young at this time.

A good time to be home playing chess and not chasing the German army to Berlin.

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