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Grigory Abramovich Goldberg vs David Bronstein
USSR Championship (1949), Moscow URS, rd 13, Nov-05
English Opening: Agincourt Defense (A13)  ·  0-1



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Aug-31-05  Resignation Trap: While preparing for his match against Bronstein in 1951, Botvinnik had this to say about this game: "An amusing opening: 1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 Bb4 3. a3 Bxc3 4. dxc3 d6. "Br' skilfully developed, blocked everything like Reshevsky (or Capa?) and gained a positional initiative. Goldberg overlooked the chance blow ...d6-d5 and had to give up the exchange. However, this was apparently not so nice for 'Br', and all the weaknesses of the previously blocked position were exposed.

In time trouble some completely pointless moves, or more correctly, with one point - not to worsen the position. It has to be assumed that it did nevertheless worsen - White missed chances and after the adjournment he lost."

Apr-26-06  madlydeeply: interesting that Botvinnik often refers to Reshevsky...was this because Reshevsky has a similar style to Bronstein? Did Botvinnik have respect or didain for Reshevsky's abilities?
Mar-26-10  Everett: Botvinnik was prone to exaggeration and stereotype when describing players. He is purported to have said, when preparing for a never-played match with Fischer, that his opponent was very much like a young Smyslov.

For all his study and note-taking, Botvinnik didn't seem to glean the depths, or, rather, the capriciousness and craft, of Bronstein.

Sep-20-13  Everett: Again, the positional exchange sac was effective because the rooks had little scope for some time.
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