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Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky vs David Bronstein
Moscow (1954), Moscow URS
King's Gambit: Accepted. Allgaier Gambit (C39)  ·  0-1


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Jan-28-05  GufeldStudent: There is a great story behind this game---look at Dus Chotimirsky's profile for it.
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  chancho: The scourge of champions was scourged in this game...
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  technical draw: Hey, Dus was 75 years old. Give him a break.
Aug-01-11  JonDSouzaEva: Does anyone know which move it was that Chotimirsky retracted because it was a mistake?
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  whiteshark: here is the game-related repost:


David Bronstein aggrees with you. <For his wins in Petrsburg 1909, Dus-Chotimirsky was called 'the scourge of champions'.>

Btw., here is how Bronstein describes their KG encounter Dus Chotimirsky vs Bronstein, 1954, nearly 1/2 century later (200 Open Games):

"As soon as my oponent played 2.f4. I heard his angry: 'Either you take the pawn or I do not play!' There was nothing I could do; I accepted the old maestro's gambit.

"Several moves later Dus Chotimirsky played a hurried move and, whilst I was considering my reply, decided ... to change his move. Spectators gasped and judges wanted to stop the clocks. But Fjodor Ivanovich suddenly shouted at everyone: 'What on earth is this? I just made a bad move and now I am changing it for a good one. To hell with rules, this is Chess!... Besides, you do not object?' said my oponent turning to me. 'Go ahead, its my pleasure.' And the game went on as if nothing had happened."

Feb-08-12  cionics: This wonderful story demonstrates Bronstein's qualities as both a chess player and as a human being. He is one of my very favorites.
Apr-06-14  Cemoblanca: In 1959, a Soviet scientist killed another Soviet scientist at a Soviet research station in Vostok, Antarctica after a chess game argument. The losing player got so mad, he killed his opponent with an axe. After the incident, the Soviets banned chess at their Antarctic stations. (sources: The Antarctic Legal Regime, p. 67; Terra Incognita: Travels in Antactica; The Crystal Desert: Summers in Antactica)

I will never play in the Antarctic. Never! It's a way too hot. :D

Apr-06-14  Cemoblanca: In the 1980s, the Soviet Union banned cosmonauts from playing chess in space with each other (they can play against ground control personnel) after a fist fight once broke out between cosmonauts after one of the cosmonauts lost his game to the other cosmonaut.

The same also applies for the cosmos! ;)

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  gars: <JonDsouzaEva>: I think you can find the move you want in Bronstein's book "200 open games".
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