- Bronstein's Odyssey
48 games, 1977-1997
From 1976-1989 David Bronstein's participation in tournaments abroad and at home were very limited by the chess officials in the USSR, due to his refusal to sign a political letter condemning Viktor Korchnoi. Nonetheless, included in the beginning of this collection are games from this period. |
After the fall of the Iron Curtain, he was again able to accept invitations to various events abroad. With this new lease on chess-life, Bronstein participated in tournaments from Israel to England to Spain and many places between.
Bronstein himself writes in Secret Notes that during this time he no longer had the endurance nor the focus to realize successfully all of his remarkable creations at the board. Yet even in his 60's and 70's he was able to give us a few more gems. What is striking about the games is his still fertile imagination, combinative talent, and free-thinking in the opening, notably a few TNs in the beginning phases of the game. Of course, long past doing any particular work at chess theory, these ideas were OTB concoctions.
Enjoy! The man was a genius, and I have benefited from his playful attitude and willingness to explore even more than from studying his remarkable combinations. I hope you do too.
- Bronstein's Remarkable Draws and Losses
100 games, 1944-1997
Narrow escapes, missed opportunities and fantastic conceptions from Bronstein's imaginative improvisation.
Interesting moves are given in regular notation. Possible improvements are written inside <> brackets.|
- Cunning Devik
24 games, 1947-1975
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.
- Imagination in Chess
33 games, 1967-1992
How to Think Creatively and Avoid Foolish Mistakes by Gaprindashvili|
The puzzles in this book are not only very difficult to solve, but also hard to find, as some names have alternate spellings to the ones in the database.
In addition there are many instructive examples which do not come from gameplay. Here are a few:
#599 White to Play
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#600 Black to Play
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Finally there is a pithy introduction to each section suggesting ways to think about a position. I personally found them interesting and helpful.
- Mixed Bag
71 games, 1911-2018
Interesting ideas and positions|
39 games, 1878-2013
White Rep #1 The Queenside Stonewall (QS)
With White, my goal is solid space and a safe king, which is why I seek the Botvinnik Formation/System, yet with the king's knight on f3. My kibitzing on this game Karpov vs N Caro, 1970 sums up my views, and is a stem game for this repertoire.
White Rep #2 The Reti
I used to play the Reti almost exclusively, with personal lines vs the advanced and accepted lines, but have not enjoyed the lack of space as White. Below you will see some of my ideas.
White Rep #3 KIA/White Dragon
Begin 1.g3, responding to 1..e5 with 2.c4, and 1..d5 with 2.Nf3 a la Thomasz Markowski
White Rep #4 Yusupov/Rubinstein Attack
This very solid repertoire is basically a Zukertort-Colle while specifically seeking a stonewall formation with an early f4.
White Rep #5 Belligerent Queen's Pawn
This repertoire features the classical d4-c4 pawn front with early e- and f-pawn pushes. The Samisch Nimzo and Geller Gambit response to the Slav are two examples.
Rep #6 Kings Pawn ideas
Ideas in the Rossolimo/Canal and Closed Sicilians, as well as the Center Game.
Rep #7 Immediate Strike
No rest for White, as 1.d4 c5 and 1.e4 d5 or ..Nf6 puts him to work immediately.
Rep #8 The Rock based on e6
My most fully fleshed-out system, I am looking for a closed center and slower play in hopes of maneuvering my opponent into unfamiliar strategic waters.
1.e4 e6 2.d4 c5 3.d5 Franco-Benoni with an early ..Ne7
1.e4 e6 2.d4 c5 3.Nf3 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bb4+ with different responses to c3, Nd2 and Bd2.
1.e4 e6 2.d4 c5 3.c3 d5 with potential French Advanced and Sicilian Alapin lines.
1.d4 e6 2.c4 Bb4+ accelerated Bogo
1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 f5 Dutch, usually the Alekhine variation, with an early ..Ne4 and ..Bf6, deciding on the queenside pawns and pieces later.
Black Rep #9 The Rat based around g6-d6
Black Rep #10 The Prybl based on c6-d6
- Seirawan's Excellent Games
92 games, 1975-2011
Mostly positional gems, an occasional crush, and the rare tactical explosions from one of the best American players of his generation. An excellent person, too, from most accounts, I would like to acknowledge his chess expertise with this collection|
- Suba's Dynamic Chess Strategy Plus
42 games, 1974-2011
Games from the excellent book on modern chess sport and art. After game 36, I have added more games that demonstrate his practice of dynamic potential.|