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David Bronstein vs Alexander Kotov
USSR Championship (1948), Moscow URS, rd 19, Dec-13
Semi-Slav Defense: Marshall Gambit. Main Line (D31)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Resignation Trap: The correct result of this game is "1/2-1/2".

Botvinnik in his red notebook made this comment: "Triangle with 4.e4. Kotov declined the sacrifice. Incautious play by Black allowed White to gain 3 pawns against 2 on the queenside. Then there followed completely unconvincing, cautious play with marking time, exchanges, but retaining the advantage. After the exchange of queens, forgot to bring up the king! Draw.

There's a decisive game for you! Does he have genuine grandmaster technique?"

For Bronstein's next tournament, go here: Game Collection: 17th USSR Championship - Bronstein's Momentum .

Sep-20-06  ikipemiko: The result coould not be 0-1, or maybe there are more moves
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  Resignation Trap: <ikipemiko> Many of the results from this tournament are incorrectly registered on , but the moves are otherwise correct. For a crosstable with the correct results go here: .
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  Resignation Trap: Here's a photo of this game right after Bronstein's 40th move: .

Interested spectators are Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush (left), Paul Keres (right) and Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky (far right).

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  birthtimes: On move 30, Bronstein would have won had he moved his king to f2, followed by Ke2, Qc4, and the further advance of his queenside pawn majority.
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