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David Bronstein vs Abram Khasin
USSR Championship (1957)  ·  Indian Game: West Indian Defense (E61)  ·  1-0
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  TIMER: I am surprised that no-one has commented here. Look at the position after move 24, what is the (only) clearly winning move?

Some acclaimed it to be the most remarkable, unbelievable winning move in chess, I saw it shown in The Golden Dozen.

May-07-06  Catfriend: Why is it winning? Suppose Black plays something passive, like 25..Rfe8. How does White proceed?
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  Gypsy: <Catfriend> Aparently 'russians' analysed it extensively afterwards and found it winning in all variations. Bronstein states that he played it on intuitive basis.

The strategic key is that Black steeds are off to a pasture and never return back into the game.

Aug-21-07  RandomVisitor: The position after 24...Bxe6 slightly favors black. White pretty much has to lose a pawn - 25.Ne1 f4 or 25.Nb1 Na5.

Could black have improved with either 26...Nc7 27.b4 g4; 26...Na5 27.b4 Nb3 or 26...Rce8 27.Bf2 Nc7 - each line scoring roughly -0.55?

28...b5 was another possible improvement. After 28...Bxf2+? the initiative passes to white.

35.Qc3 or 35.Nxh6! were better ways for white to finish off.

Jul-08-09  Ulhumbrus: In his book "The golden dozen" Irving Chernev quotes another author describing the move 25 Qa3!! as the most unbelievable winning move in chess.

The move is the first of a group of moves of which the second will be f4! and the third, in reply to the response to f4, namely, ...g4, will be e4! beginning an attack upon Black's g pawn. The idea is that Black will lack time then to defend his g pawn by ...h5.

After the g pawn falls by the capture Nxg4, White obtains a winning attack on the King's side. Bronstein was an imaginative fellow, and I understate his reputation by saying that.

One can say that the purpose of inducing the capture 25...Bxc4 by 25 Qa3!! is to make Black lose time towards defending his King side pawns after f4 and e4 in reply to ...g4.

May-06-11  LIFE Master AJ: Chernev says Black resigns because of the following continuation: << "39...PxP; 40.QxNP, R-KN1; 41.Q-R5 check, K-N2; 42.RxQP!, QxN; 43.R-Q7 check, K-B3; 44.Q-B7 check, K-K4; 45.Q-Q5 check, K-B5; 46.R-B1 check, K-K6; 47.Q-Q2 mate." >>

[39.g5 hxg5; 40.Qxg5 Rg8; 41.Qh5+ Kg7; 42.Rxd5 Qxg3; 43.Rd7+ Kf6; 44.Qf7+ Ke5; 45.Qd5+ Kf4; 46.Rf1+ Ke3; 47.Qd2#.]

May-06-11  LIFE Master AJ: This is a game - used as just a fragment - to illustrate what wonderful moves Bronstein was capable of making.
May-06-11  LIFE Master AJ: See the book, "The Golden Dozen," by the (late) great Irving Chernev. (Begins on page #42 - I have the original hard-back edition.)
Sep-25-12  ghardy1988: Neil McDonald says in his chess planning book:

"Bronstein replied to the effect that Khasin had a weak nervous system, so he, Bronstein, had decided to sac the pawn straightaway with 25 Qa3... Bronstein knew that this was his best winning chance against an emotionally unstable opponent."

Looks like psychological chess rather than deep combination.

Mar-06-13  EvanTheTerrible: @ghardy1988, that's why I'm here too. I am surprised there are not many comments here.
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