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Cunning Devik
Compiled by Everett

Bronstein's chess, at its best, had some interesting characteristics

1.Flexibility of thought, often straight from the opening, and often at the board

2.Dynamic, flexible positions with many potential branches, though with classical rather than hypermodern leanings.

3.High priority to king safety

4.Very willing to part with material for an intuitive attack

5.A nose for the opponent's King

Another overall strength in his chess is the ability to transform from closed to open positions quickly and seamlessly, from a Petrosian crouch to a Tal explosion in the space of a few moves. Bronstein was able to blend his open game prowess with the stiff centers seen in the KID, French Winawer and Dutch defenses.

Finally, Bronstein was able to change many positions into one where a king's bishop fianchetto works. He certainly wasn't a slave to it, but it is remarkable how often he was able to get "his" kind of game quite often.

Dynamism and Control
E Zagoryansky vs Bronstein, 1947 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

A New Dutch
V Makogonov vs Bronstein, 1947 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 51 moves, 0-1

KID vs English
Barcza vs Bronstein, 1949 
(A20) English, 36 moves, 0-1

Bronstein's flexible dynamism
Stahlberg vs Bronstein, 1950 
(A10) English, 41 moves, 0-1

No adjournment for Botvinnik
Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

d-pawn wreaks havoc
Denker vs Bronstein, 1954 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

Foguelman vs Bronstein, 1964 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 21 moves, 0-1

Bronstein vs Krogius, 1959 
(B32) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

More new territory, nice positional crush
Bronstein vs Bagirov, 1961 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 50 moves, 1-0

Outpost turns tactical
Bronstein vs Abdraimanov, 1961 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 47 moves, 1-0

Long-term exchange sac
B Vladimirov vs Bronstein, 1963 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 44 moves, 0-1

London System vs KID-Reti
Bondarevsky vs Bronstein, 1963 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 0-1

Reverse Ruy Pirc
Bronstein vs Balashov, 1967 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 65 moves, 1-0

F N Ignatiev vs Bronstein, 1968 
(A10) English, 41 moves, 0-1

Art of the Queenless Middlegame
Bronstein vs Benko, 1969 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 44 moves, 1-0

Another French KID
K Honfi vs Bronstein, 1969 
(C16) French, Winawer, 40 moves, 0-1

Blending Alekhine and Petrosian
Vaganian vs Bronstein, 1971 
(A92) Dutch, 41 moves, 0-1

KIA vs early ...b5
Bronstein vs Alburt, 1972 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 20 moves, 1-0

KIA vs French
Bronstein vs Dzindzichashvili, 1972 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Back and forth
Kotov vs Bronstein, 1972 
(A13) English, 43 moves, 0-1

Keeping a bad piece bad
Bronstein vs A Kapengut, 1972 
(A17) English, 41 moves, 1-0

Peculiar Scandinavian
Vasiukov vs Bronstein, 1973 
(B01) Scandinavian, 39 moves, 0-1

French KID positional crush
A Machulsky vs Bronstein, 1973 
(C16) French, Winawer, 55 moves, 0-1

Luxury box seat on d5
Taimanov vs Bronstein, 1975 
(A25) English, 40 moves, 0-1

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