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David Bronstein vs Laszlo Szabo
Saltsj÷baden Interzonal (1948), Stockholm SWE, rd 10, Jul-30
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Guimard Defense Main Line (C04)  ·  1-0



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May-07-05  paladin at large: 14. Bg5 is a big move for white. In retrospect, black's 13....Qf5 looks bad, but black is already in a bind, because of the potential of white's knight on a5 to take up a very powerful position on c6 or e5.
Jul-21-05  Resignation Trap: Botvinnik: "French with 3. Nd2 Nc6. 'Br' won by energetic and accurate play."
Sep-10-05  Resignation Trap: I wonder if Szabo was familiar with this game (not in nor in ): Bronstein - Barsauskas, Lithuanian Championship 1947 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.e5 Nd7 6.Nb3 f6 7.Bb5 a6 8.Bxc6 bxc6 9.0-0 c5 10.c4! c6 11.exf6 gxf6 12.Qe2 Kf7 13.Re1 Nb6 14.Nxc5 Bxc5 15.dxc5 Nxc4 16.b3 Na5 17.Ne5+! Ke7 18.Bd2! Kf8 19.Qh5 fxe5 20. Bh6+! 1-0

Szabo deviated with 10...dxc4.

Sep-10-05  suenteus po 147: <Resignation Trap> Not sure the information would have helped much, except maybe as evidence to avoid the French altogether. Bronstein was always lethal against it when he employed the Tarrasch.
Dec-20-06  Silverstrike: <Resignation Trap> Where did you find out about that game?
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  Gypsy: <Resignation Trap> Please, submit the Bronstein - Barsauskas game for an inclusion. Thx!

In this game, Black had to part with a piece because of 18...Rxd1 19.Ne5+ Kg8 20.Rxd1 Bxc5 21.Rd8+ Bf8 22.Be7...

Dec-23-06  Resignation Trap: The Bronstein-Barsauskas game was just uploaded by me.

It appears in <The Art of Chess Improvisation> by Boris Weinstein (Vainshtein), published in Russian in 1976 and translated to English as "David Bronstein - Chess Improviser" in 1983. According to Kevin Spraggett , this was "one of the greatest books of all time."

The crosstable from the 1947 Lithuanian Championship can be found here: .

In a game played in the 15th USSR Championship, Aronin vs Bondarevsky, 1947 , White tried the weaker 10.exf6 Qxf6 11.Re1 c4 and Black went on to win!

Aug-23-11  ozmikey: The decisive battle of the first-ever Interzonal!

Although 16...Bb7 was probably a blunder, overlooking the line that <Gypsy> gives, Black's position is already incredibly difficult. The threat is actually 17. Nc6! followed by 18. Nfe5+, and it's hard to see how Black can parry it, given the bind he's in. Maybe 16...Kg8 gave some grovelling chances, but it's hard to see a player of Bronstein's class not being able to press home his advantage from there.

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  GrahamClayton: That is one of the worst beatings given to the French Defence that I have seen in a long, long time.
Mar-09-16  JimNorCal: Why does black resign?

After Rb8 isn't the advanced pawn won? And by breaking the pin PxN is a threat. Granted, white has an extra knight but that's been true for a while.

Black needs to exchange as many pawns as possible, a rook too, and hope to achieve a drawn ending.

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  perfidious: <JimNorCal....After Rb8 isn't the advanced pawn won? And by breaking the pin PxN is a threat. Granted, white has an extra knight but that's been true for a while....>

After 38....Rb8 39.Nc6 R8xb7 40.Rxb7 Rxb7 41.Nxa5, there may be some slight technical difficulties ahead, but this is winning for White.

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  plang: 7..a6!? is perhaps a bit slow; 7..Be7 is an alternative. Tartakover recommended 14..Nd5 15 Qa4+..Bd7 16 c6..Bc8 17 Qxc4 though White would still have been clearly better. Before deciding on 16 Rad1! Bronstein spent a lot of time looking at 16 Nc6..Bd7 17 Nfe5+..Kg8 18 Ne7+..QDxe7 19 Bxe7..Rxd8 20 Bxd8..Bd6 but concluded that Black's position would have been playable.
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