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Laszlo Szabo vs David Bronstein
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 5, Sep-06
Old Indian Defense: General (A53)  ·  1-0

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Jan-11-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: (PART TWO)

After 27. P-B5

"The reason for this pawn move can be seen in the variation 27...PxN 28.PxP RPxP 29.N-K7ch BxN 30.PxB RxP 31.Q-R6 N-K4 32.R-Q8ch R-K1 33.BxN!. Black's next move is directed against this threat: he connects Rooks and defends his first rank".

After 30...P-N5

"At least there is a moment to deflect the horrible Bishop from the long diagonal".

After 31.BxNP

"31.Q-B4 is not bad".

After 32.B-QB3

"Szabo definitely wants to give mate. B-R3, preserving the pawn on K7, is good enough to win".

After 33.Q-R6

"A tactical finesse: White provokes the Black Knight to K4 so that he can attack two pieces. Strangely, this move gives Black hope of defending because White's QR1-KR8 diagonal is momentarily closed 33.Q-N5 QR-K1 34.RxN and 35.Q-B6 is stronger".

After 34...Q-K1

"Black is so terrorized by White's QB that he can think only of quickly playing QR-B1xB. Q-K1 is a thoughtless move; just now it is necessary to try 34...QR-K1 and to reply to Euwe's recommended 35.R-Q8 with the simple R-K3, somehow remaining suspended over the abyss".

After 36...RxB

"For the first time since the 23rd move I took an easy breath, only now noticing 37.Q-B6! with mate in a few moves".

After 38...R-N2

"Earlier Black wrestled with the Bishop on QB6; now he struggles with its ghost. Correct is 38...K-B2, but White has enough advantage to win".

And finally after 42.R-R6

"After checking the sealed move and determining that the time limit had not been exceeded, Black resigned".

Jan-11-05  ughaibu: Benzol: That's great, thanks.
Aug-02-05  Averageguy: This is a fine example of attraction tactical motif.
Aug-24-05  notyetagm: For more examples of this "can't quite reach his lady" theme, a <decoy (attraction) into a king and queen skewer>, check out the ending of Short vs S Azarov, 2004 and also the victory by Vallejo Pons given below in PGN:

[Event "Erevan Wch-jr"]
[Site ""]
[Date "1999.??.??"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Vallejo Pons, Francisco"]
[Black "Perelshteyn, Eugene"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2515"]
[BlackElo "2415"]
[NIC "KF 8.6"]
[ECO "B27"]
[PlyCount "65"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. c3 Bg7 4. d4 cxd4 5. cxd4 d5 6. e5 Bg4 7. Nbd2 Nc6 8. h3 Bxf3 9. Nxf3 e6 10. h4 h5 11. Bd3 Nge7 12. Kf1 Qb6 13. b4 Qxb4 14. Rb1 Qa5 15. Rxb7 Rb8 16. Rxb8 Nxb8 17. Bg5 Nbc6 18. g3 Kd7 19. Kg2 Rb8 20. Qe2 Qa3 21. Bb5 Rb6 22. Rb1 Nf5 23. Rb3 Qa5 24. a4 Bh6 25. Bxh6 Nxh6 26. Qe3 Nf5 27. Qg5 Kc7 28. Rd3 a6 29. Bxc6 Rxc6 30. Qf6 Qxa4 31. Qxf7 Kb6 32. Qe8 Qb5 33. Rb3 1-0

Jun-26-06  notyetagm: One more example of the theme, from the 2004 Calvia Olympiad in Short vs S Azarov, 2004.

Here Nigel was forced to resign after 58 ... ♖a1! since, once again, the Lady vanishes after 59 ♕x♖ ♕h1+ and 60 ... ♕x♕.

Jul-09-12  Poisonpawns: I found two amazing draws for Bronstein late in the game: 34..Rae8= and after Szabo missed mate in three on move 37, Bronstein has the amazing 37..f5!! and How can black make progress?This was truly and incredible game. Bronstein stated in the Zurich 1953 book that he should have played 22..b5!, I think this gives black a slight plus. Also at move 10, I think Bronstein should simply play Nb6! stopping Na5,Nf5 and attacking c4 with =
Dec-23-12  Ulhumbrus: Najdorf says that the five moves which Bronstein spends with his queen are too much for the pawn, and he may be right. Although 22...Bg7 leads to defeat, Black gets into trouble after 22...b5 as well eg 23 Bxf6 Nxf6 24 cxb5 Qa5 25 Qxc6 Rb8 26 g5 Bb7 27 Qc4 Nh5 28 Rd7 Rf8 29 Qb3 Ng3 30 Nc4 trapping Black's queen
Mar-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Najdorf and Bronstein agree that 23....Nh5 24.Bxg7 Nxg7 25.Ng4 is unplayable for Black, but I have a hard time seeing how it is worse than giving up a piece as in the game.
Mar-07-16  notyetagm: Szabo vs Bronstein, 1953

39 ?


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39 ♖d1-d8!


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39 ... ♕e8x♖d8 40 ♕h6-h8+ <skewer>


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Oct-27-17
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  keypusher: <keypusher: Najdorf and Bronstein agree that 23....Nh5 24.Bxg7 Nxg7 25.Ng4 is unplayable for Black, but I have a hard time seeing how it is worse than giving up a piece as in the game.>

More pertinently, SF (after 15 min.) also thinks ...Nh5 and ...Nxg7 was playable.

analysis of move 25...?

Dec-24-18  Saniyat24: 37.Qf6 would have been a bomb move...!
Dec-01-19  Steve.Patzer: 34....Rae8 draws
Dec-01-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Evening: 6/7 for the week, but flubbed Monday. Flubbed. Monday. Sigh. Better luck tomorrow.
Dec-01-19  talsterch: 29 rook f5 was also a good choise i think
Dec-01-19  Everett: What’s with all the Q moves and leaving Bc8 and Ra8 sleeping? This is similar to Bronstein’s Q escapade vs Petrosian (where Petro played the first Botez Gambit lol)
Dec-01-19  Walter Glattke: 34.Rd6 Rxd6 35.Bxe5 f5 36.Qxg6+ Kf8 37.Rxf5+ Kd7 38.Qf7+ Kc8 39.Rf7+ mating
Dec-01-19  PhilFeeley: I got the first move - not much else.
Dec-01-19  King.Arthur.Brazil: I already saw this game before. The Zurich candidates, won by Smyslov, showed the russians above the remaining, however, it was impossible to avoid some defeats by the way, and Szabo didn't lose his chance against another big creative mind in chess.
Dec-01-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: <After 34...Q-K1

"Black is so terrorized by White's QB that he can think only of quickly playing QR-B1xB. Q-K1 is a thoughtless move; just now it is necessary to try 34...QR-K1 and to reply to Euwe's recommended 35.R-Q8 with the simple R-K3, somehow remaining suspended over the abyss".>

I also did not like Black's 34th move, and preferred 34...Rae8

Thanks to <Benzol> for posting DB's analysis.

Dec-01-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  agb2002: White has a knight for a pawn.

Black threatens bxa4 (the knight on a4 is trapped).

The bishop on c3 and the queen suggest 29.Ne7+ Bxe7 30.fxe7:

A) 30... bxa4 31.Rxd7 Qxd7 32.Qh6 wins (32... f6 33.Qxg5+ Kh8 34.Bxf6#).

B) 30... Rxe7 31.Qh6 f6 32.Rxd7 Qxd7 (32... Rxd7 33.Rxf6 looks winning) 33.Nc5 followed by Nxb7 and Rxf6 looks very good for White.

Dec-01-19  spazzky: 1) +9.17 (26 ply) 32.Qf4 Ne5 33.Bc3 Rxe7 34.Bxe5 Qe8 35.Bf6 Re6 36.Qh4 Rxf6 37.Rxf6
Dec-02-19  patzer2: Picked 29. Ne7+ for my Dec 1, 2019 Sunday puzzle solution.

However, I'm not sure my follow-up would have been any stronger than White's, which was flawed in this game.

White's mistake in the follow-up was 34. Qg5?, allowing a draw, as noted by <Steve Patzer>, with 34...Rae8 = (0.00 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 10).

Instead of 34. Qg5? Rae8=, White can keep the win alive with 34. Rd6! +-(+4.70 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 10).

Dec-02-19  Pyrandus: L. Szabó!
Dec-02-19  laskereshevsky: Two diagrams:
at 16th move (Black to move) and at 23rd move (black to move)


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White played h3,g4,f4,Bc3,Radi and Qc1. Black.... did not move (!) ...Like in the original form of the poker has said "pass" 7 times, but in the transition he gained a pawn (E2)... in true, the Black Queen after a long pilgrimage has returned at home (C7). In any case after all of this the Blck position is not yet compromise, turned from playable to lost after the dubios 22..♗g7 (?!) and the mistake 23..♙b5(?)

Apr-08-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: Kudos to the estimable Benzol for recording Bronsteins notes. It seems he was determined to make 22...b5 work, but could not see how to if white played 23 Bxf6 Nxg6 24 cxb5 Qa5 with an unclear position.

Stockfish confirms this was whites best path, but instead of 24...Qa5 Black had 24...Bb7 preserving the tension when whites lack of a dark square bishop will be decisive.

The line is 25 f5 g5 26 Rf2 Rc8 27 Rc2 Qf4 28 bxc6 Bxc6 29 Rxc6 Rxc6 30 Qxc6 Qe3+ 31 Kh1 when the e pawn and the weak White King give Black a decisive edge.

Instead, unable to see a clear way, Bronsteins chose 23... Bg7? as a waiting move and gave Szabo his chance.

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