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|Dec-07-06|| ||whiskeyrebel: He was my favorite "living" player up to the time of his death. What a great writer; his books read as easily as a letter from a friend. what a genius using mad, fun variations like the 5...gxf6 gonzo line in the Caro Kann. A lot of the greats seem to blend together into groups ( likely due to my ignorance )...he was an individual. He seems to have buried most of his enemies. Oddly enough, I had the urge to get "Zurich '53" off the shelf tonight on a whim. I played over a few games enjoying Bronstein's wit, sat down at my Mac and learned the sad news. I dispatched an immediate Texas triple-shot in his honor as tears scalded my cheeks. Thanks to all of you who remember him fondly.|
|Dec-07-06|| ||TheAlchemist: Rest in peace. He was certainly one of the most creative players ever.|
|Dec-07-06|| ||ARival: thanks everybody for the links,he was an artist whos masterpieces we will always love & cherish.
RIP David Ionovich|
|Dec-07-06|| ||chancho: Bronstein's biography in the NY Times.
|Dec-07-06|| ||Karpova: Two days after his death even <chessbase.com> comes up with the news:
|Dec-07-06|| ||Chess Carnival: <Hangem High: Tal, Bronstein...With their departure from this mortal coil their 'famous successors' look like nothing more than white-coated technicians in a Fritz laboratory.> Good post!|
BTW, what was the cause of his death?
|Dec-07-06|| ||spider441: The last of 'old guard' intuitive chess legends leave this world. |
How much indebted we are to him, Tal and others for making chess a little less mechanical and a lot more beautiful !!
The prize might have been 'pressured' away from you but U will forever be a world champion in our eyes
Rest in Peace
|Dec-07-06|| ||plang: The Sorcerers Apprentice is an excellent book.
Was Bronstein ill? Russian obituaries tend to be mysterious but I don't understand why no cause of death has been announced.
|Dec-07-06|| ||RookFile: Well, he was 82 years old.|
|Dec-07-06|| ||chancho: From the NY Times link I posted earlier.
<In 1976, when Viktor Korchnoi, a top Soviet player, defected, Mr. Bronstein was one of the few Soviet grandmasters who refused to sign a letter denouncing him. As punishment, Soviet officials suspended Mr. Bronsteins monthly stipend, a wage paid to all top Soviet masters that allowed them to devote themselves full time to chess. He was also barred from competing in almost any elite tournament within the Soviet Union and from competing outside the country more than once a year.>
The man had guts.
|Dec-07-06|| ||Gypsy: Bronstein was past his 80, and when he last year declined Keene's invitation to play in Stauton's memorial, it was clear that his days were winding down. Healthy Bronsten would never have declined such an invitation.|
He was a man who faced Botvinnik, Tal, Korchnoi, Furman,... in matches -- not a single match he lost. Man who was the world number one in the years 1949-51. Man who introduced by far the greatest number of original ideas to chess. Man who, together with Boleslavsky, gave King's Indian its true life. One of the very greatest chess thinkers and chess writers of all times. An extraordinary investigator and path breaker into the nature of human thought, in chess and in life. A man of kindness and integrity far beyond the call of dutty.
Bronstein was the man who refused ... to sign Korchnoi condemnation.
|Dec-07-06|| ||samikd: Rest in peace, David Ionovich Bronstein. We will miss you|
|Dec-07-06|| ||Mameluk: I am a bit confused that almost in every obituary, they need to mention the conspiracy theories about his match against Botvinnik and Zurich 53. I donīt believe much that he has thrown a match to Botvinnik. The rumours about Zurich are more interesting. Many consider his book about this tournament being the best chess book ever. Can you imagine what a thing would it be if he wrote truth there?|
All players who did not win title faced persecution (even Kasparov), but non-Russians Tal and Petrosian made it and non-communist Smyslov, too. Korchnoi seems not to make excuses lately, Bronsteinīs approach was somewhat mysterious.
|Dec-07-06|| ||keypusher: <Bronstein was the man who refused ... to sign Korchnoi condemnation.> His old enemy Botvinnik refused too.|
|Dec-07-06|| ||RookFile: I guess it is true that chessmetrics considers Bronstein to be the best player in the world around 1950 and 1951.|
|Dec-07-06|| ||Messiah: In memoriam. We love you, David Ionovich!|
|Dec-07-06|| ||dakgootje: Took until today for me to hear about it...
|Dec-07-06|| ||CoryLetain: I've heard of David Bronstein before but I had no idea what kind of player he was. So very exciting and sacrificial. Just as exciting as Tal or Fischer.|
|Dec-07-06|| ||KasparHauser: Rest in peace, David Bronstein. A truly fenomenal player.|
|Dec-07-06|| ||PizzatheHut: R.I.P., your contributions to chess will never be forgotten.|
|Dec-07-06|| ||Petrosian63: Rest In Peace - GM Bronstein|
|Dec-07-06|| ||shortsight: Rest in peace. Chess fans around the world will remember you in hundred of years to come. I have as much respect to you as other world champions.|
|Dec-07-06|| ||chancho: The San Francisco Chronicle writes that Bronstein died from a stroke according to the Russian Chess Federation.|
|Dec-07-06|| ||Albertan: <Maroczy: <Albertan> Thanks for the link, maybe we'll get some books/CD's on his career shortly.Another giant passes.>|
Your welcome Maroczy.I hope some new books and cd's are created about Bronstein. According to my chessbase database Bronstein achieved his highest elo rating in 1979 (at age 53): 2570.
He won the 1949 Budapest-Moscow Tournament with a score of 11.5-4.5
He drew the 1951 WC Match with Botvinnik 12-12,he defeated Najdorf in a match in 1954 by a score of 2.5-1.5,
he defeated Larry Evans in a 1955 Telex match by a score of 2.5-1.5,he lost a 1959 match to Fuderer by a score of 3-1, he defeated GM Ivkov in a match in 1968 by a score of 2.5-1.5, he defeated Korchnoi in a 1970 training match by a score of 5-2,he finished second (on a tie-break) at the 1970 Vinkovic tournament (one half point behind the winner Bent Larsen),and he came in second in the 1982 Moscow Championship with a score of 12.5/18 (on a tie-break with Rashkovksy). Bronstein lost to Tal in a match in 1982 by a score of 5-3.In 1990 he played in the Rotterdam KO tournament, defeating Hans Bohm,Manuel Bosboom,before losing in the third round to Piket by a score of 3.5-2.5.He drew a 1991 match with Soren Bech Hansen of Denmark (the score was 2-2.)
According to my chessbase database file of Bronstein, he had a performance elo of 2517 with the white pieces and 2482 with the black pieces.
His last tournament game apppears to be his loss to Nijboer in the 1997 VAM Hoogeveen op 53 moves 1-0.
Rest in peace David.
|Dec-07-06|| ||talisman: here's to David and here's to david's father.|
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