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David Bronstein vs Isaac Boleslavsky
Bronstein - Boleslavsky Candidates Playoff (1950)  ·  Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Spassky Variation (D89)  ·  1-0
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Dec-11-02  PVS: Bronstein started strong against Boleslavsky in the 12 game Candidates match in 1950. He won this opening game, then won game seven to go up 2-0. In the end Boleslavsky caught him and forced a tiebreak (see Bronstein vs Boleslavsky, 1950 for details and the first tiebreak game).

19. Bd2 is one of the amazing moves for which Bronstein is celebrated.

Dec-11-02  Samuel Maverick: I am glad to see some of the games of this match up here. It is one I have heard of, but never read about. I think it was the only candidates match until they started going to matches for all candidates in 1965.
Dec-11-02  Sylvester: I really like Bronstein after seeing that game with the computer.
Dec-12-02  Sabatini: What is black knight doing on a5?
Dec-12-02  Bears092: What about 13. Bxf7+? If black takes, you keep the pawn with an open file for your rook. If not, you can retreat, and still be up a pawn. Am I missing something?
Dec-13-02  ughaibu: 13. Bf7 is interesting isn't it. It would be surprising if it's never been tried. How about the continuation: 13. ... Rf7 14. g4, Rf1 15. Qf1, Nc4 16. Bf2, e5 17. d5, Nd6 ?
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  Honza Cervenka: Bears92, Ughaibu, this motive is well-known from match Karpov - Kasparov in slightly different position (without 9...cxd4 10.cxd4). See Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 and try "similar games to this one" for seeing much more games.
Dec-31-02  ryhon: i am only 14 so take it as you wish but (i 2 was thinking of the same move as you), but maybe bronstein's logic is to keep the c4 square closed for the knight. if the light squared bishops are exchanged than whites light squares are week. Than the knight has a nice outpost on c4 via a pawn move to b5. just a thought...
Jan-01-03  ryhon: i would like to hear your thoughts, so plz kibitz! also wut do u think of my thought??
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  Sneaky: rhyon, I agree with what you are saying. No good chess player moves a knight to the edge of the board with the intention of leaving it there indefinitely. In this game Boleslavsky obviously planned 13...Be6 and later ...Nc4 to reactivate the knight. But there is a serious flaw in that thinking... that plan assumes that 14.d5! is not possible!
Jan-03-03  ryhon: yes i agree but i was talkin about whites plan not blacks. also sneaky i wondering if u have a rating and if so wut is it? also do u know if any masters or grandmasters kibitz on this site?
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  Sneaky: Ryhon, click on my name, I put my rating in my "bio". It's about 1800 USCF. I think everybody should use their bio that way. (I have a belief that I'm really playing at expert strength but until I get my rating over 2000 I'll keep that theory mostly to myself!)

There are definitely masters who kibitz here, I'm friends with at least one of them but will not reveal his handle since he's terribly modest.

If I read Honza's bio correctly I suppose that makes him a "correspondence master" but I'm not exactly sure how correspondence ratings work.

I seriously doubt any GMs kibitz here at this time but that will probably change in due time.

Mar-21-03  kostich in time: This a classic win for White in the Grunfeld...d5 was a magnificent conception. I hate to say this, but Ive never been that impressed with Black in the Grunfeld, at least not in the exchange line..look at Bobbys two losses to Spassky...Granted, Bobby did win immortal games against the brothers Byrne in this opening, but neither game was an exchange variation..whites pawn center just seems so dynamic.
Jun-02-08  Cibator: One to rank with the best efforts of Petrosian and Carlsen in the field of long-term exchange sacs.
Jul-23-10  vonKrolock: <21.♖c1>

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If 21...♕d7, then 22.♘d4! ♗xd5 ( or 22...♗f7 23.♗b5 ♕b7 24.♘c6! etc ) 23.♗b5! (better than 23.exd5 ♕xd5 etc) 23...♕b7 ▢ 24.♗xa5! (better than 24.ed ♕xd5 <Δ ♕xd4> and now (a) 25.♗c3 ♖ac8 ∞, or (b) 25.♗xa5 ♕xd4 26.♗c3 ♕d6 with compensation) 24...bxa5 25.exd5 etc

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the ♙d5 is taboo

Jun-10-13  zydeco: In their game at the Candidates tournament, Bronstein played 17.Nd4. 17.Kh1 is much more natural: white doesn't bother recovering the exchange. I get the feeling that Bronstein might have worked out the entire win (through 22.Qb1!) in home preparation.
Sep-22-13  Everett: <zydeco> indeed, Bronstein was as capable as the very best in opening prep, yet his writings indicate that he felt it was a necessary evil of top competition, and generally expressed ambivalence to this approach to the game. When he describes his match clinching victory against Boleslavsky's French Defense, he describes his homework in a matter-of-fact manner, no pride or fanfare attached.

It seems he didnt even bother to prepare much in the WC, clearly a case of "knowing your opponent," but also of "knowing thyself." Bronstein was able to get Botvinnik out of prep by not having any prep, which is not so dissimilar an approach as Carlsen has nowadays.

Sep-22-13  Everett: Whoops, Bronstein had the Black pieces in the clincher. Boleslavsky vs Bronstein, 1950

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