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Rainer F A Knaak vs David Bronstein
"A Knaak for Chess" (game of the day Jul-29-2016)
Keres Memorial (1979), Tallinn URS, rd 12, Mar-09
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal. Bronstein (Byrne) Variation (E45)  ·  1-0


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Jul-03-12  goodevans: Exciting and unconventional win by today's player of the day against one of the greatest players never to make World Champion. Nice finish too.

I can't believe this game has never attracted any comments before mine!

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Knaak outplayed Bronstein in exactly the sort of game at which the Soviet GM excelled, unorthodox and complicated. That *is* impressive.

Until, of course, the computers show us where Black missed a win.

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  HeMateMe: He out 'bronned 'Bron! Well, this is Bronstein 25 years past his prime but still a great game.
Jul-29-16  Swedish Logician: Knaak's 22. Qg6 brings back memories of Bronstein's immortal Sämisch win against Geller Bronstein vs Geller, 1961
Jul-29-16  Eusebius: Cool play by Rainer in a hot game against the Russian mastermind. I would have sh... my pants or got a nervous breakdown.
Jul-29-16  cunctatorg: Extraordinary pun that fits perfectly the general disposition and vivid approach to the game of both Grand-masters!
Jul-29-16  Party Animal: Wow what a game! 22. Qg6 a nice shot!
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  kevin86: White will queen!
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  julillo: Release the Knaaken
Jul-29-16  j4jishnu: splendid, game of the month.
Jul-29-16  Bangalorechesslover: @ An Englishman: could you please tell us when and where black missed the win? Or is an analysis still awaited?
Jul-30-16  cunctatorg: ... the vivid approach to the game from both Grand-masters...

The late David Bronstein is of course a legendary Grand-master, a status that Rainer Knaak didn't ever achieve. However GM Rainer Knaak was (perhaps always) playing pretty "tasty chess"!! Not only fighting chess but also either ambitious or "honest" chess with a fine quality of tactics, a real joy to follow his games!! There are of course more successful (and even famous) Grand-masters of the same genre like the late Tony Miles or the even more successful Alexander Beliavsky but think about this: how many (so to speak!!..) Grand-masters who are much more successful than Rainer Knaak (and even more successful than Tony Miles!...) were playing a comparatively boring, "cold", "soft" or lazy chess?!? In other words some kind of "tired", "tiring" and perhaps "frightened" chess?!?

Long live the players like these two Grand-masters and particularly hooray for such Grand-masters!!

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