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Alexander Kotov vs David Bronstein
"The Insufficient Queen" (game of the day Jul-28-2018)
Team ch Moscow (1972)
English Opening: Agincourt Defense (A13)  ·  0-1


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Oct-11-03  Cerebrate2006: Bronstein is a great player which shows in this game, he seems to enjoy even the slightest closed positions.
Oct-11-03  PVS: The winners of the first two interzonal tournaments, the first three for that matter.
Nov-02-11  Everett: What a pleasant game to play through, with the shuttling back and forth of Black's queenside N and B, and then brutal kingside attack (yet again!) that Bronstein plants on his opponent.

37..Raf8!, stopping one square short and signaling the mortal danger of the White K.

In retrospect 18.Ng5 is sharp but may ultimately be unsound.

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  andrewjsacks: Great game. Never saw it. Bronstein as Petrosian, a bit. Strategic play and then tactics refuted.
Jul-28-18  Honey Blend: 29. ♖h3 straight away looks more straightforward. Just look at that Bishop f5 in the middle of the crossfire.

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Jul-28-18  7he5haman: I think 34.Qh8+ immediately is a better try.

34.h4 just gives Black the tempo he needs to move his Knight and construct a mating net.

Jul-28-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: The engine agrees completely with <Honey Blend>'s comment.
Jul-28-18  Chessdreamer: In Chess Informant #14, game 42 (Kotov) - moves 26/27 and 34/35 are reversed [26.Be7 Rf7 27.Rg3 Qh7... and 34.Qh8+ Ng8 35.h4 Nc5] and the game ended with 44.Qe7+ Kd4 0-1.
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  Honza Cervenka: The game was nicely played by Kotov who could have crowned the winning combination with lovely 29.Rh3!! but he slipped and allowed Bronstein to turn the table.
Jul-28-18  morfishine: Anybody care to explain "The Insufficient Queen" ?

This has gotta be good...

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  manselton: I think it is simply that the White Q is insufficient against Black's Rs.
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  Check It Out: What a fascinating game, especially with all the backwards moves by Bronstein. He is such a creative player.
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  OhioChessFan: I keep hoping to come back and see someone explain the pun.
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  HeMateMe: Must be something from TV. Check harry potter or G of T.
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  Sally Simpson: The pun probably relates to what manselton said:

"I think it is simply that the White Q is insufficient against Black's Rs."

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  OhioChessFan: A pun implies some sense of double meaning.
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