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David Bronstein vs Ilia Abramovich Kan
"Kan You Believe It?" (game of the day Jul-08-2009)
USSR Championship (1945), Moscow URS, rd 10, Jun-??
King's Gambit: Accepted. Schallop Defense (C34)  ·  1-0
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Sep-10-05  raydot: I'm surprised there are no comments on this game! In <200 Open Games> this is where Bronstein discusses his love for the King's Gambit. He talks about winning a few games with it -- including this one -- which lead the commentators in the magazine "Chess in the USSR" to say things like:

"...the master Bronstein raised a story on the board by using the King's Gambit, but was frequently unable himself to find the correct combinations. But, fortunately for him, his opponents failed to capitalize on the rich possibilities the positions offerred them..."

"Bronstein was bold enough to play the King's Gambit three time. This, of course, was risky, but all the same his opponents...suffered unpleasant defeats. Unpleasant for them because a master should not lose a game in an opening which is considered incorrect..."

"...the young master should remember that the phrases of certain experts to the extent taht he has 'breathed new life' into the King's Gambit are not worth a brass farthing."

Sep-10-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: farthing -- a former British monetary unit equal to 1/4 of a penny and a coin representing this unit

Pronunciation: 'fär-[th]i[ng]
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English ferthing, from Old English fEorthung (akin to Middle High German vierdunc fourth part), from Old English fEortha fourth

Feb-06-09
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  plang: One of 3 wins by Bronstein in the 1945 USSR championship with the KG. The defense with 3..Nf6 and 4..Nh5 is rarely played anymore. Bronstein was not happy with the opening and felt he should have taken the draw with 14 Qf5+. After 16..Qg7 he was clearly worse. Bronstein: "Complex opening problems deprived both players of almost all their allowed time, and by the 20th move we were already in the most awful time trouble. In these conditions one of my traps at last came off: 25 N6b5..a6? 26 Rxc8..Rxc8 27 Nc7 transposing to a won knight ending." This game is another example of the appeal of this opening: they reached a totally untheoretical position within the first ten moves.
Jul-08-09
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  Richard Taylor: Looks as though Bronstein did a bit of a Houdini there!
Jul-08-09  MaxxLange: Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!!!!!!!
Jul-08-09  ROO.BOOKAROO: There's really no analysis of any kind, nor of any critical move from the kibbitzers. Most players are not interested in the King's Gambit anymore. In spite of the fact that there's a fair amount of theory on this opening in the existing literature.It was considered one of the foremost openings in the 19th century until modern theory pushed it back into obscurity. The advantage of playing it nowadays is that the opponent is taken by surprise, is completely unprepared and has to develop his strategy OTB, consuming an inordinate amount of time, which is what saved Bronstein in this particular game.
Jul-08-09
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  kevin86: Yes,WE CAN-but no we KAN't.

At least not in this one.

I liked the exchange sequence set off by the promotion of the e-pawn.

Jul-08-09
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  playground player: First, I admit I love the King's Gambit. Second, didn't Bronstein say, much later in life, that he wished he'd played the KG more during his career?

And finally, is it me, or is there something not quite sane about King's Gambit games?

Jul-08-09  nd792001: Having surfed around a lot on the CG base, I have seen more massacres for white or black in King's Gambit than with any other opening. My (admitedly patzerish) otb experience is that KG leads to sharp lines early and black can get drubbed unless it gives consistently accurate counterplay.
Jul-08-09  randomsac: I like this very exciting game. That pawn certainly caused many problems. Eventually, it lead to a two pawn advantage in an endgame. Great job.
Jul-08-09
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  whiteshark: David, the Kan opener.
Jul-08-09  WhiteRook48: who thought that the starting position would become the position after 9...Ng3
Jul-08-09  TheTamale: Awesome game of the day. You don't have to be a top player or expert analyst to enjoy it.
Jul-08-09
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  fm avari viraf: When this game was played in 1945, I was not born but the sweet memories with Bronstein at Hastings, England, during the Challengers still linger in my mind. Where ever, you go David, you continue to live in my heart!May God Bless His Soul Peace in Heaven!
Jul-08-09  goodevans: Without the aid of silicon analysis, to my inexpert eye it looks as though the critical point is 20 ... Qd4. With that move black effectively abandons any attempt to hold onto his material advantage in an attempt to stiffle white's initiative. A few moves later white has both a material and a positional advantage and black must have realised that his plan had failed.

I'm not sure if he'd have fared better trying to cling onto the material, but to my mind he could hardly have fared worse.

Jul-08-09  lzromeu: We cannot believe, but Gengis Kahn

Maybe 20...Qxg2 be better, I see mate in 3 after this, or I miss somtehing.

Jul-08-09  lzromeu: Or 20...Qe5, very strong too.

20...Qd4 lost the advantage.

Jul-08-09  xrt999: < playground player: is it me, or is there something not quite sane about King's Gambit games?>

if you look at the win-loss record for the KGA as black in high level play the ratio significantly favors black, therefore I conclude this is <generally> an unsound system to play as white. In other words, by accepting the KG as black you immediately have given yourself the statistical advantage.

Of course, there are many valid reasons to spring the KG as white; for example, your opponent's opening repetoire lacks defensive skill against the KG, your opponent favors closed positional games, etc.

Jul-08-09
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  Check It Out: <MaxxLange: Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!!!!!!!>

Haha, that made me laugh. Good one.

Jul-08-09  Everett: <lzromeu> I think you missed <20..Qxg2 21.Nxd6+ Ke7 22.0-0-0>
Jul-08-09  MaxxLange: I never had good results with the Schallop, personally. I used to like playing the Cunningham Defense, but without the old ...Bh4+. I had a book that showed how the Spassky and Bronstein era of players handled it, with ...Nf6 early, and try to play ....d5 as soon as you can
Jul-08-09  totololo: KG is one of the rare opening with e4 who has the same depth of strategy and tactics as the Spanish. The difficulty is related to the sharp positions where a small mistake can erase all your work till then.

Still a great opening for very good players.... forbiden to patzers.... Spassky used it and see Grischuk games...BRAVE HEARTS !

Jul-08-09
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  DarthStapler: Khan you believe it, you've already finished C. Do you think you can do Matlab?
Mar-26-13  Conrad93: "if you look at the win-loss record for the KGA as black in high level play the ratio significantly favors black, therefore I conclude this is <generally> an unsound system to play as white. In other words, by accepting the KG as black you immediately have given yourself the statistical advantage.

Of course, there are many valid reasons to spring the KG as white; for example, your opponent's opening repetoire lacks defensive skill against the KG, your opponent favors closed positional games, etc."

False. The King's Gambit has yet to be refuted.

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