Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Chessgames premium membership fee will increase to $39 per year effective June 15, 2023. Enroll Now!

David Bronstein vs Alexander Kotov
Budapest Candidates (1950), Budapest HUN, rd 3, Apr-14
Semi-Slav Defense: Marshall Gambit. Main Line (D31)  ·  1-0



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 5 times; par: 38 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 18 more Bronstein/Kotov games
sac: 12.Qd2 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: To flip the board (so black is on the bottom) press the "I" key on your keyboard.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-12-05  Resignation Trap: Botvinnik had some lukewarm comments to make on this game in his personal notebook on Bronstein: "Triangle with e4. Kotov took the d4 pawn. In analysis 'Br' had prepared the pretty move 12. Qd2!, which led to great complications. Kotov became rattled and essentially lost within six moves, but needlessly - he probably stood no worse. 'Br' was in his element and played 2-3 moves ahead accurately and energetically. Not a bad game, although with a whiff of the coffee house."
Aug-18-08  Marmot PFL: The story begins with this game - Bronstein vs Kotov, 1948, in which Kotov thought for quite a while and traded bishops on move 6. His trainer, Simigin, said "Why didn't you take his QP? After all we analyzed that line right down to the last move!" So here he did...he said the game was a painful lesson and from then on he avoided highly analyzed variations. Kotov said 12.Qd2 was not a surprise, the move they overlooked was 17.Ne5!
Aug-18-08  suenteus po 147: <Marmot PFL> Bronstein vs Kotov, 1948
Dec-07-08  Everett: "...played 2-3 moves ahead accurately and energetically..." very much like Karpov at his best, as described by Kramnik in this interview...

"Karpov is a chess player of a great number of short, two to three move combinations."

Oct-06-10  morphynoman2: Why not 14... Qg2?

I think the most unaccurate move is 17... Bd7. 17... f6 was imposed.

Premium Chessgames Member
  LIFE Master AJ: This is game # 23 (pg. # 52) of the book, "The Golden Dozen," by Irving Chernev.


Premium Chessgames Member
  LIFE Master AJ: Black is mated!
Premium Chessgames Member
  LIFE Master AJ: Author's at work.

"The Sorcerer's Apprentice," versus "Think Like a Grand-Master."

Sep-10-12  backrank: <morphynoman2: Why not 14... Qg2? I think the most unaccurate move is 17... Bd7. 17... f6 was imposed.>

17 ... f6 loses quickly to 18 Qh3!!

click for larger view

18 ... fxe5 (18 ... Rh8 19 Ng6+ or 18 ... Rg7 19 Qh6) 19 Qxh7+ Kf8 20 Bh5

click for larger view

20 ... Rg7 21 Qg8+ Rg8 22 Qf6#

click for larger view

14 ... Qg2, however, has to be considered.

click for larger view

After 15 cxd5 (is there anything better?) exd5! 16 Qe3+ (to give the white king the square d2) Be6 17 Rg1 Qxg1+ 18 Nxg1 Rxg1+ 19 Kd2 Black is better off than in the game:

click for larger view

This line doesn't look convicing to me. Any improvements?

Jan-21-21  Everett: Splat. Bronstein at his best. Took a decade for Tal to stand on Bronstein’s shoulder; a worthy successor
Premium Chessgames Member
  NM JRousselle: This was a very instructive game. Black's mistake was missing 16... e5.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Knighthawkmiller: 14... Qg2 makes sense. +0.40 (20 ply) 15.cxd5 exd5 16.Qd4 Qg6 17.Bxa6 bxa6 18.Qc5 Bf5 19.Re1+ Be4 20.Nd2 Kd7 21.f3 Qd6 22.Qxd6+
May-15-22  cehertan: Wow! Bronstein in his prime, so fearsome and original.
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Botvinnik: <.....'Not a bad game, although with a whiff of the coffee house.'>

A droll bit from the iron logician.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Game 54
from Garry Kasparov's On My Great Predecessors (2) by AdrianP
from chernev's games by chessBeaGL
bronstein 3
from great attack games by emilio martinez
Semi-Slav, Marshall Gambit
from Repertoire Games by KingG
round 3
from WCC Index [Budapest 1950] by nescio2
Marshall Countergambit
by jrofrano
David Bronstein's Best Games
by KingG
Game 202
from number 3 by Frodo7
The Sorcerer ('s apprentice) defeats "The Great Thinker." (#5)
from LMAJ's "Mad, Mad WIZARD at Work!!!" (Bronstein) by LIFE Master AJ
9.Bc3 Ne7 10.Bxg7 Rg8 11.Bc3 Qxg2 12.Qd2 Qxh1 13.O-O-O Nd5
from 98_D31_Semi-Slav: Marshall Gambit by whiteshark
Challenger Bronstein
by Gottschalk
125 Partidas Brilhantes
by Gottschalk
Round Three
from Bronstein at the Budapest Candidates 1950 by WCC Editing Project
The QGD/Slav/Semi-Slav
by Zhbugnoimt
My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov
by PassedPawnDuo
Game 54
from On My Great Predecessors 2 (Kasparov) by PassedPawnDuo
Power Chess - Bronstein
by Anatoly21
Semi Slav : Marshall Gambit
by ISeth
My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov
by JoseTigranTalFischer
plus 63 more collections (not shown)

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC