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LMAJ's "Mad, Mad WIZARD at Work!!!" (Bronstein)
Compiled by LIFE Master AJ

I am asked - nearly constantly - to make a game collection for many of the most famous players. (I also get nearly constant requests for web pages as well. <<***SIGH***>> If only a day had 250 hours in it ... instead of a measly 24!)

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Few names (in chess) illicit awe from the average fan ... the list is not that long. (Capa, Fischer, Kasparov, etc.) Few chess-player's could call themselves true artists of the board. (Capablanca, Rubinstein, Fischer.) Not many players were extremely creative at the chess board. (Tal, Nimzovich, etc.) Few players could claim to be some of the best chess authors ... of all time. (Kotov, Tal, Fischer, etc.) And I cannot think of many players that would belong on ALL of these lists ... however, one name ... ( David Bronstein ) does spring to mind!

SUPER-GM David Bronstein - was a wonderful player ... and (in his prime) ... played chess almost unlike any other player. Half the time - I don't even understand the moves that he makes ... nor am I able to reasonably ascertain the process whereby he was able to make the moves that he played in many of his "Great Games." Of course, I am not the only one who feels this way - see Irving Chernev's chapter on this player in the book, <"The Golden Dozen,"> (12 of the Greatest Chess Players of all Time.) So if I cannot follow Bronstein's moves ... nor possibly <ever> predict them, then I am not alone.

This player was also an EXCELLENT writer; many of his works are deeply cherished by chess players around the world. Two of the best and most famous books of all time, were written by this player. "A Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "The Chess Struggle in Practice."

Created - Friday; May 6th, 2011.

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I know that I have annotated several of Bronstein's games, however, when I first went looking for a few (on-line) examples, I could not find any.

Then I (happily) found - Bronstein vs Ljubojevic, 1973, which is annotated by me on the Internet. (

My first game for this collection ... go over the game ...
Bronstein vs K Darga, 1964 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 45 moves, 1-0

fragment / First game chosen by I. Chernev.
Bronstein vs A Khasin, 1957 
(E61) King's Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik's mighty R+P's ... no match for a N+B. (1st Chernev.)
Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1944 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 64 moves, 1-0

2nd complete game chosen by Chernev - DANGER!!!!! (E-Volatile)
F Zita vs Bronstein, 1946 
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 30 moves, 0-1

A zippy KGA! (3rd complete game by I. Chernev.)
Bronstein vs P Dubinin, 1947 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 27 moves, 1-0

Monstrous Complications!!! (4th comp. gm. by I. Chernev.)
Bronstein vs Furman, 1948 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 36 moves, 1-0

The Sorcerer ('s apprentice) defeats "The Great Thinker." (#5)
Bronstein vs Kotov, 1950 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 1-0

"You leave me ... ahhh ... BREATHLESS!!!" (#6 by IC)
Bronstein vs Najdorf, 1954 
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 42 moves, 1-0

King David slays The Apostle. {Paul} (#7 by IC)
Bronstein vs Keres, 1955 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

Sir Arthur's Pawns steamroller the The Black Knight. (#8, IC)
Bronstein vs E Rojahn, 1956 
(C58) Two Knights, 38 moves, 1-0

Palmiotto Palms Pawns (Magician vs. a thief.) #9 by I. Chernev
Bronstein vs F Palmiotto, 1958 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 29 moves, 1-0

Super-complicated!!!!!!!! (Annotated - off site! See kibitzes!)
Bronstein vs Ljubojevic, 1973 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Man versus Machine, David (easily) slays Goliath! (See kib.)
Bronstein vs M20, 1963 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

LIGHTNING ... from a clear, blue sky!!!!!!!!!!! [WTM, 20. '?']
Bronstein vs Geller, 1961 
(E27) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation, 20 moves, 1-0

David could play both sides ... (of a King's Gambit).
Efimov vs Bronstein, 1941 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 12 moves, 0-1

GM D. Bronstein's ... ... ... IMMORTAL ZUGZWANG!!! (amazing)
J Kaplan vs Bronstein, 1975 
(C11) French, 26 moves, 0-1

POTD / Black to move, 27... '?' [Dec. 16th, 2006.]
N Bakulin vs Bronstein, 1965 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 32 moves, 0-1

Hypnotized ... by David's dark & mysterious Knight moves.
Petrosian vs Bronstein, 1956 
(E66) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno, 36 moves, 0-1

The {reigning} World Champion ... bested!!! (Hurray!)
Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1951 
(A91) Dutch Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

The battle of the poets - not that ...RXB/a1!!!! stuff again??
Pachman vs Bronstein, 1946 
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 31 moves, 0-1

24...RxP/a3!! caps yet another brilliant game for Bronstein.
V Mikenas vs Bronstein, 1965 
(A53) Old Indian, 24 moves, 0-1

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