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Lev Aronin vs David Bronstein
USSR Championship (1948), Moscow URS, rd 8, Nov-22
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  0-1



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Jul-25-05  Resignation Trap: Botvinnik praised Bronstein's play in his red notebook: "'Br' played the triangle. After Qb3 things transposed into the Rauzer Variation in the Queen's Gambit. 'Br' played a6 and b5, the opponent got his knight entangled at a2 (a4, b4!), and 'Br', maneuvering artistically, exploited this. After creating a weak b5 pawn, retained the advantage, which he then converted! Excellent game!"
Jul-25-05  Granite: Is the score of this game incorrect? It would seem odd for Botvinnik to praise him for losing. Moreso, I can't tell which side is winning from the final position with my patzer eyes, can anyone help me out?

I thought that the pin on the knight was decisive but it seems that it can hop away and defend the rook, and if the rooks are exchanged then the kinght defends the dark square in front of the black pawns path, and can then blockade while the kings move in. Does that outside passed pawn not give white the win at that point? seems like he could use it to gain a tempo or two on the black king as they race to each other - I am of course assuming the kingside pawns are able to cancel each other out, which might be the point I'm missing.

Anyone know who won and why? LOL

Jul-25-05  Resignation Trap: <Granite> The result is incorrect, it should read "0-1". In the final position, White resigned as he must give up his knight for the b-pawn (41.bxa3 b2), after which Black wins easily enough.
Aug-08-08  Everett: Black cannot save his knight.

41...b2 42.Nc3 Rxd1 43.Nxd1 b1=Q

Best for white is probably 42.Rb1 Rxd5 43.Rxb2 with a technically won game for black.

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