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David Bronstein vs Boris Yakovlevich Ratner
Soviet Union (1939), Kyiv UKR
Sicilian Defense: Chameleon (B20)  ·  1-0


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Feb-12-10  HannibalSchlecter: Bronstein is the man!
Jul-31-10  Everett: Bronstein's affinity for KI structures started young.
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  kingfu: Does this transpose into a Closed Sicilian? It ends up being not exactly closed! Bronstein's attack on The King Side is relentless. Note how many potential sacrifices were not accepted by Black.

Acceptance would have been defeat.
Refusal was also defeat.

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  Check It Out: Nice early game by Bronstein.
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  Check It Out: Bronstein was 15 when he played this game.
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  kingfu: Bronstein at fifteen. AMAZING!!!!

The rest of us are protozoa trying to contemplate microchips.

That is how far Bronstein was BEYOND!!

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  Chessical: <23...Rf8> appears to be a better defence.
Mar-18-14  tranquilsimplicity: <Kingfu> Yes, this is indeed a Closed Sicilian. And it is the thematic of the Closed Sicilian for white to employ a Kingside attack, and for the game to be complicated. Just as in the King's Indian Defence as black.

I love Bronstein's creativity and style. It is inimitable.#

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  DrGridlock: White sacrifices the exchange, and gets a kingside attack that "looks" ferocious. However, up until move 30 it is black that is winning (or at least even).

30 ... Qd8 was the losing move. After 30 ... Ned6 the game might have continued:

31 Ne6 Bxe6
32 Qg3+ Kf7
33 Qg7+ Ke8
34 dxe6 Qxe6
35 Qh8+ Kd7
36 Qxb8 Qxh6

With an approximately even position.

Bronstein understood that psychologically it is difficult to play accurate defense, where one false move (Qd8) leads to black's position collapsing.

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  Titopoet: In Sorcerer's Apprentice makes a great point in the socalled sac exchanged. Bronstein traded a weak piece in his rook at A1 for the powerful bishop at g7 and without that bishop all of white pieces baring down on the kingside and Black's pieces discombobulate on the queenside. Black is lost by move 19, even by the point systems white is down. David used this type exchange throughout his career and urges players to look at such method's over the board and not be tied what should be a guideline and not law.

While 30 ... Qd8 was a mistake, 30 ... Ne6 would have only prolonged the torture in the disintegration of black's kingside.

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