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Evgeny Mukhin vs David Bronstein
Olympiad URS (1959), Moscow URS
Bishop's Opening: Blanel Gambit (C23)  ·  0-1


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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-09-05  aw1988: A predecessor to the Frankenstein-Dracula, with a slightly different twist.
Mar-31-07  Interbond: In David Bronsteins book 200 open games he says this game is from USSR Team Championship 1959 in Moscow. Is this the same as Olympiad URS 1959? In I can't find there was a Chess Olymiad in Moscow 1959, but perhaps the soviets called their Team Championships for Olympiads?.
Feb-25-09  Sem: White's opening treatment reminds me of Znosko Borovsky's book: 'How not to play chess'.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: That Black Rook on a1 sure looks like it should be a White one, doesn't it?
Jul-28-09  Sem: <An Englishman> Mmm, yes... I would be tempted to scare Black with Rae1. I remember having read somewhere (a column by Hans Ree?) that a mistake like this actually took place, I believe in the 1980s. And by a very strong player at that.
May-09-16  DrGridlock: David Bronstein's take on the game (from 200 Open Games):

My opponent committed three errors:
(1) He was too hasty in capturing my KR (stronger was 10 Nf3);

(2) He took something of a risk in castling king-side;

(3) He was careless in allowing me to open up the h file by 19 ... Bxg3

Bronstein is wrong on (1) and (2), but correct on (3).

Consider the position after 17 Qf7 (instead of the game continuation of 17 Qh3):

Evgeny Mukhin - David Bronstein

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17 ... Qe5
18 Bd2 Ne3
19 Qxg6 Nxf1
20 Rxf1

Evgeny Mukhin - David Bronstein

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White's position is won.
He has three extra (connected passed) pawns (on the kingside), and no prospects for a black attack.

In this game, White can:
(1) grab Black's rook with his queen
(2) castle king-side.
However, White cannot:
(3) retreat his queen to h3, allowing black's rook to own the h-file.

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