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David Bronstein vs Paul Keres
USSR Championship (1948), Moscow URS, rd 15, Dec-05
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C75)  ·  0-1


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Jul-26-05  Resignation Trap: Botvinnik had a rather lengthy note entered in his red notebook: "Spanish a la Reshevsky with d6, Bd7, Nge7 and g6. A slight improvement by Keres and his opponent began to scheme - <marked time, without worsening his position, preparing active measures.> With his queenside undeveloped 'Br' prepared and played f4. In a complicated position (20th move!) 'Br' found nothing better (after such marking time) than to play for an endgame, which, incidentally, seemed favorable. Keres artistically exploited his lead in development, obtained pressure, and in time trouble, instead of an extra pawn, 'Br' found himself a pawn down. The resumption was comical. After errors by Keres, 'Br' seemed to be playing for a win (he had his king in the center) and... lost! He overlooked a simple move. <Does it mean that he overestimates his chances? And what about his analysis??.>"
Aug-31-05  aw1988: That is harsh, even for Botvinnik.
Dec-26-05  notyetagm: In a footnote in his book, Dr. Nunn gives the interesting line 21 ... ♕h4 22 exf5 and now 22 ... ♘xf4? is a blunder because 23 ♖xf4! ♕xf4 24 ♘g2 traps the Black queen.

Once again, we see that a queen does not count as a defender if she will be trapped in the process.

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  Jim Bartle: Yes, that sounds harsh, but wasn't that in his private notebook, not meant for publication?
Sep-05-08  Resignation Trap: Here's a photo of this game in progress, somewhere around move 12: .
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  dernier loup de T: "Bronstein found himself a pawn down" (Botvinnik); of course,because under time pressure he lost (or scarified?) the e6 pawn at move 31... This commentary of Botvinnik seems to make evident that he disliked Bronstein...
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