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Michael Adams vs David Bronstein
NatWest Young Grandmasters (1989), Bayswater, London ENG, rd 4, Sep-02
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Advance Line (C08)  ·  1-0

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May-08-05  aw1988: Why not simply 34...Rxd1?
May-08-05  hintza: 34...Rxd1 35.Qc6
May-08-05  aw1988: D'oh. Thanks.
May-15-05  suenteus po 147: What a great game! Bronstein is defeated by a young Mickey!

I have a question: It seems like Adams's knight on h5 is nothing but trouble. Why didn't Bronstein exchange his bishop for it? Is it because he would have had a "light square weakness?" I put it in quotes because it is one of those things I still don't quite understand about the game, light and dark square weakness, and I may be misusing it. In fact, I think it's the reason I lost the most recent game at my club last Thursday.

Oct-16-05  aw1988: <suenteus po 147> No, it has nothing to do with color square weaknesses, but that's an active bishop.
Aug-15-12  Everett: Adams' play was extremely patient, and Bronstein did not find the right time to upset the former's plans.

One idea for improvement is <20..Qc6>. Since Bronstein took the time to keep c2 backward on the half-open c-file, it would make sense to have Adams think about it.

After playing around the position, it is indeed important for Bronstein to hold on to his LSB, not only because it covers the light squares like e6, but it also prevents Adams' LSB from controlling f8 and c8, depending where he wants to play. As the game played out, it was in fact the e-file and e6 square that Adams used to infiltrate the position. Because Bronstein did not get his own rook involved, either on the c- or a-file, meant that it really had no active role.

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