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NN vs David Bronstein
"The Dream Game" (game of the day Jun-21-04)
Dream Game (composition) (1961)  ·  Nimzo-Indian Defense: Leningrad Variation (E30)  ·  0-1
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Nov-08-04  azaris: Hmm... After 8...♗xd4 9. e5 ♗xe3 10. ♕xg7 ♗xf2+ 11. ♔f1 it seems Black has little compensation for the material he's about to lose. What is the critical line?
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  acirce: That's why most games continue instead 9..Nc6 10.Qxg7 Bxe5 11.Qxe5 Nxe5 12.Bxb6 and now 12..Nxd3+?! 13.cxd3 leads to Bd4+Ne4-related difficulties for Black, but 12..Bb7 seems good and scores well.
Nov-08-04  Saruman: Speaking of dreams, Tim Krabbe has one of his own on his website.
Jan-19-05  aw1988: I just remembered one I had a while back:

I was watching the world championship match Botvinnik-Petrosian 1963; Botvinnik was winning, and of course, in the year 1963, everyone knows by now how good he is. The players started conversing with each other.

Botvinnik: I am sorry Tigran, your pieces are bottled up. My next rook invasion will be decisive.

Petrosian: Really?

<Petrosian unleashes an amazing fortress, everyone gasps, including Steinitz, who is watching, standing on a table. Everyone, except Botvinnik.>

Botvinnik: Very nice! But I'm afraid I believe in this position... Checkmate!

Petrosian: Ah yes, what has become of me, I missed a simple combination.

<flash to the next game>

Petrosian-Botvinnik Dream Game 1963(?)

1. d4 d5
2. c4 c6
3. Nc3 Nf6
4. Nf3 e6
5. e3 Nbd7
6. Qc2 Bd6
7. g4!?

Botvinnik: But Tigran, you are playing an illegal move to your style!

Petrosian: This was used against Junior.

Botvinnik: But I invented the things, don't you remember?

Petrosian: Indeed. Yet this is not a real game. Alex, wake up.

<I slowly stir from my sleep, and the players continue the game with Petrosian's audacious g4 move, as the scene fades. I wake up very confused.>

Mar-24-05  THE pawn: Bronstein won again surprising...
Apr-13-05  Resignation Trap: Here is a game that came to Viktor Pupols in a dream:

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. Qd4 Nf6 7. e5 Nh5 8. Nc3 Ng7 9. e6 fxe6 10. Be3 Rb8 11. Rb1 a6 12. Bd3 Qa5 13. Qh4 Qxc3+ 14. bxc3 Rxb1+ 15. Ke2 Rxh1 16. Qxh7 Rxh7 17. Bxg6+ Kd8 18. Bb6 #

And another dream game by Dr. Anthony Saidy : 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 c5 4. dxc5 e6 5. e4 Bxc5 6. e5 Nfd7 7. Bd3 Nc6 8. Qe2 a6 9. 0-0 Qc7 10. Bf4 f6 11. exf6 Qxf4 12. fxg7 Rg8 13. Qxe6+ Ne7 14. Nxd5 Qd6 15. Ng5 Qxe6 16. Nc7+ Kd8 17. Ngxe6 #

Sep-23-05  Averageguy: <Resignation Trap> <1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. Qd4 Nf6 7. e5 Nh5 8. Nc3 Ng7 9. e6 fxe6 10. Be3 Rb8 11. Rb1 a6 12. Bd3 Qa5 13. Qh4 Qxc3+ 14. bxc3 Rxb1+ 15. Ke2 Rxh1 16. Qxh7 Rxh7 17. Bxg6+ Kd8 18. Bb6 #> There's a game I'd dream of playing!

Nov-03-05  CowardlyKnight: mm... I think playing games in your dreams can be called a clear sign of chess insanity.
Mar-03-06  aw1988: Not necessarily. It serves to reason that anything one heavily indulges in, it keeps the mind focused on it, and naturally you'll dream about it.
Apr-01-06  DeepBlade: <Resignation Trap> Those are great games, thanks for contributing them to this site! ''I can beat you in my sleep!'' If blindfold chess isnt exciting enough...
May-04-06  Confuse: ah i think i finally figured out who NN is. he can go into your dreams, he lives forever, he must be some kind of chess diety, who inspires chess across the nations..

well done NN, well done.

Dec-07-06  Maatalkko: For a time I lived at home and could only play bughouse during the 20-minute intervals when my dad went outside for a smoke. I was able to play two or three games a day and took them very intensely. Every night I would dream about bughouse; not seeing games, but only one or two move tactics. During this time my bughouse rating on FICS rose from around 1250 to 1550, going up a bit every day.

After Christmas I got to 1550 and I began to doubt myself. After all, I had gained 300 points playing barely at all - I figured I was overrated. Thereafter I doubted myself and plateaued for awhile. The chess dreams stopped. I went back to school and played much more and ended up in the 1300's again.

Jan-15-07  Zorts: Freud said "A dream is the fullfillment of a wish", thus Bronstein was probably playing Bobby Fischer in this dream. If Raquel Welch was his opponent then he would've postponed the chess game.
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  alexmagnus: Pitily I don't remember the exact moves of my dream game against Carlsen (see me profile). I only remember I resigned on move 52.
Aug-25-08  dwavechess: 83% coincidences with rybka 2.3.2 at 14 ply with bronstein dream as black.Very high %.
Sep-11-08  dwavechess: Down to 74% for Bronstein with rybka 3 w32 at 3 minutes per move, but perfect combination from move 7
Aug-16-10  Lil Swine: white played poorly like he put put his minor pieces on the same rank and got pinned by the queen
Jan-20-11  MaxxLange: Alekhine would have claimed that this was a real game, at least Bronstein admits that it is a composition
Jan-21-11  aliejin: < Alekhine would have claimed ..> I do not know
Alekhine would claimed
about this game

I know Alekhine played countless
real game more beautiful than this composition

Oct-10-12  TheTamale: Bronstein played better asleep than I do awake.
Oct-10-12  sambo: Shouldn't it be David Bronstein vs. David Bronstein?
Jan-07-13  Girkassa: I had a dream once where I was analyzing a game I had played for real a week ago. The game ended in a draw, but in my dream, I found a winning combination. When I woke up, I played through the game again and found that the combination would indeed have been winning.
May-18-15  DanielHoseano: Well it should be David vs Bronstein
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  NeverAgain: The idea that Bronstein composed this game in his sleep is a misunderstanding. According to Chess Notes 8946, which quotes "Sorcerer's Apprentice", it was a daydream composition:
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I never played this well when awake. Sigh.
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