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David Bronstein vs Ernst Rojahn
"Rojahn, Gosh!" (game of the day Aug-11-12)
Olympiad (1956)  ·  Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Kieseritsky Variation (C58)  ·  1-0
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Aug-11-12
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  FSR: Black's queen bishop is one of the saddest pieces I've ever seen. As in I Rogers vs G Milos, 1992, Black must have wished he'd exchanged it off while he had the chance. Bronstein himself once famously put that bishop on g8 - G Porreca vs Bronstein, 1954 - but that one went back to h7 and exchanged itself for a knight on moves 17 and 18.
Aug-11-12  newzild: <capanegra: It takes a lot of guts to play 8.dxe4!? Of course, Bronstein was intrepid but not stupid, as he would have never tried it against a Botvinnik.>

I'm not so sure. Bronstein was a fan of Cochrane's Gambit against the boring old Petroff opening, which involves sacrificing White's knight for Black's e- and f-pawns as early as moves 3 and 4. In his book "Open Games", Bronstein stated his belief that the Gambit was fully playable for White.

As I played through today's wonderful GOTD I was reminded of the Cochrane, which leads to similar positions. I'm sure Bronstein was thinking of the Cochrane when he sacrificed his piece.

Aug-11-12
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  HeMateMe: The GMs don't play Cochrane gambit against the Petroff. Of course, they aren't Bronstein....
Aug-11-12
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  triangulation: nice to see a pun referring to an Indian dish. put a smile on my face.
Aug-11-12  newzild: <HeMateMe: The GMs don't play Cochrane gambit against the Petroff. Of course, they aren't Bronstein....>

Topalov vs Kramnik, 1999

Aug-11-12  DanielBryant: Well, I've never heard of this Indian dish before, but I do like that this site doesn't shy away from some of the most obscure puns. I learned something new today as a result.
Aug-11-12
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  Abdel Irada: I had to smile at the timing: Just before I looked at this game, I'd cooked and eaten an Indian casserole — not Rogan Josh, but still....
Aug-11-12
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  perfidious: <FSR> Here's another wonderful light-squared bishop, buried by a brick wall of White pawns (Capablanca vs Bogoljubov, 1922).
Aug-11-12
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  Cemoblanca: After 28.e6! the board looks like "The Great Pyramid of Giza"! :D I haven't seen a pawn structure like this before! Amazing game & instincts by Mr. Bronstein! Bravo! :0)
Aug-11-12
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  perfidious: < Checkmate4327: John Emms....gives these variations: 8...Nxc4 9 Qe2 (9 Qd4 Nd6! 10 Nc3 c6 11 0-0 cxd5 12 e5 Nf5 13 Qd3 Ne4 14 Nxd5 Nc5 Bronstein-Ra.Gracia, Mar De Plata Z 1969.) 9...Nb6 10 c4 Bb4+ 11 Kf1 0-0 12 a3 Re8 13 e5 Bf8 14 h3 c6 15 Be3 Nxc4! 16 Qxc4 Nxd5 De Zeeuw-Timmerman, Dutch Cht 1992.>

Here are the games quoted (it's Luis Bronstein as White, not the GM).

http://www.365chess.com/view_game.p...

M De Zeeuw vs G Timmerman, 1992

Aug-11-12  backrank: <Cemoblanca: After 28.e6! the board looks like "The Great Pyramid of Giza"! :D I haven't seen a pawn structure like this before! Amazing game & instincts by Mr. Bronstein! Bravo! :0)>


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Aug-11-12
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  Cemoblanca: <backrank> Aaahhhhhh... What a beautiful view! Looks like a postcard! ;0)
Aug-11-12
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  Once: An astonishing game. When you see the fun that white had with his strong pawn centre, sacrificing a piece doesn't seem too high a price to pay.
Aug-11-12
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  kevin86: The pawns truly win this one...and win it big!
Aug-11-12
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  waustad: Perhaps we could call him Bruschetta - Italian toast. I'll admit that I always considered the Italian to include 3.) ... Bc5, but here they seem to include the 2 Ns.
Aug-11-12
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  waustad: I've heard of the Great Snake variation, but this is a boa constrictor.
Aug-11-12  howlwolf: I think if black plays 20..f6 he may have less of a problem keeping his white square bishop useful and in a few moves his game can become almost comfortable:Possible line 21f4 Qe7 22 e5 fe 23fe Rfl 24 Nf1 Re8 black has defensive resources because of his extra piece, he certainly doesn't mind exchanging pieces or opening lines and if he can blockake or disrupt the white center pawns or use the extra piece to attack whites' weakened kingside I think he can generate substantial drawing and possible winning chances. Thoughts, anyone?
Aug-11-12
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  Phony Benoni: The "pyramid" was completed in A Pokorny vs K Kullberg, 1930, after <27.e6>:


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Same result, as you might expect. And Bird once got into a similar fix in Bird vs Gunsberg, 1889, after <58...f4+>:


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He couldn't figure a way out, either. And if Bird couldn't figure a way out, there wasn't one.

Of course, you can't go too far into this theme without bringing up Judit Polgar vs Bacrot, 1999, after <50...d3>:


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Perhaps the most amazing example of all.

Aug-11-12  backrank: N Birnboim vs Dzindzichashvili, 1977

after 27 f5


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If <PhonyBenoni> hadn't provided a couple of even better examples, I would consider this one rather good :)

Aug-11-12
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  Cemoblanca: <Phony Benoni> Perfect! ;0)
Aug-12-12  jusmail: What is the idea behind 31.Kh1?
Aug-13-12  backrank: A bit late, but now I've discovered this one:

Petrosian vs Petrovsky, 1946

Position after 21 b4:


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May-11-13  Poisonpawns: i had so much trouble finding this due to an alternate spelling of the black players last name. I had it as Bronstein-Roian Moscow 1956
May-11-13
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  perfidious: <Poisonpawns> In the good old days, you'd have had a barrel of laughs with Informator's spelling of Korchnoi (Korcnoj), to name only one.
Feb-17-14
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  kingscrusher: A brilliantly creative game!
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