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David Bronstein vs Paul Keres
"King David" (game of the day Nov-18-2006)
Gothenburg Interzonal (1955), Gothenburg SWE, rd 7, Aug-25
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Huebner Variation (E41)  ·  1-0

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May-19-04  Minor Piece Activity: Beautiful attack! Probably the most instructive Bxh6 sack I've ever seen! =D
Aug-23-04  seoulmama: This is a bold display by Bronstein, but according to Polugayevsky, 15... Nc5! (bringing a crucial defender over to the kingside) would have left White struggling for compensation.
Jun-30-05  refutor: 15. ...Nc5 16.Rae1! Nd3 17.Bxd3 cxd3 18.Nf5 Be4 19.Nbd4! Re8 20.Nxh6+ Kf8 21.Qg5 Bg6 22.Rxe7 Rxe7 23.Qxf6 Re4 24.Qh8+ Ke7 26.Nhf5+ Bxf5 26.Nxf5+ Ke6 27.Qh3! (Purdy)

i know, i know...long variation, wrong variation but it looks pretty strong

Jun-30-05  WMD: Looking over that line with Fritz, that's a very nice piece of analysis from Purdy.

A great attacking game, but Keres' defensive skill deserves equal, if not greater applause.

Aug-09-06  Marmot PFL: I played this game over yesterday, and today won a nice game in the Nimzo with Bxh6! I thought the positions were very similar but actually they were quite different, but the idea worked anyway. (2Bs, Q & N in same place but I also had a R on f5, which strenghtened the attack.) So it pays to look at these classic games, especially as your opponents probably won't play as well as Keres (unless they are computer cheaters).
Aug-09-06  Marmot PFL: <refutor> Kasparov gives a long analysis by Burgess beginning with 21...Bc5! as an improvement for black on the Purdy line, ending on move 32 with perpetual check. He also says that white may be able to improve somewhere.
Oct-31-06  Fisheremon: <refutor><Marmot PFL> According to Kasparov (in his MGP 2) Purdy line + 27...Qh8 28. Ng7++ Ke7 29. Qxd3 was due to Bronstein himself. Kapsa went to a further analysis, it seems that Black could lose. So Kaspa proposed 21...Bc5! as an improvement.

Next in discussing 33...Nxf4 (instead of 33...Nd4 in the game) 34. Rh6+ Nh7 Kaspa referred to a simpler solution (by Bronstein ?!) 35. Qc7 Re8 36. Qxg7+! Kxg7 37. Nf5+. Presumably Kaspa missed 35...Qe5, or he thought the endgame after 36. Qxe5 Bxe5 is obviously easier for White than in the variation 35. Qd6 ?!

Nov-11-06  jamesmaskell: This game was awarded the first brilliancy prize of the Goteborg Interzonal Tournament 1955.
Nov-18-06
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  Peligroso Patzer: Fantastic game between possibly the two greatest players never to have become world champion.
Nov-18-06
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  kevin86: Bronstein and Keres both belong in the short list of players who fell short of the championship-similar to Zukertort,Korchnoi,and Morphy-and in other fields:Elisha Gray (second inventor of the telephone) and the Buffalo Bills (losers of four super bowls).
Nov-18-06
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  playground player: How can anyone fault Morphy for failing to win a title that didn't exist in his time? He took on the best players in the world and wiped up the floor with them. Surely that made him the de facto world champion!
Nov-18-06  Fast Gun: This was the last time that Bronstein defeated Keres and after 15 games he had a 7-2 plus score against Keres: However over the next 20 years and 15 games Keres won two more games with 13 draws !! The last nine games between these two players ended in draws, mostly tamely and quickly as older grandmasters tend to do:
Nov-01-07
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  whiteshark: <15...Nh7??> was the losing move and the black position is getting hopelessly very fast. Best defense was <15...Nc5!>


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Evaluation ??

Nov-01-07
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  whiteshark: Igor Bondarevsky beautyfully analysed <16.Rae1> as (only) winning move


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I'll check it... :D

Nov-17-07
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  chancho: Bronstein and Keres.
That says it all.
Jul-24-08  Ulhumbrus: Irving Chernev annotates this game in his book "The golden dozen". His comment on 39 Rh6+ is something like "White's first check of the game, and it is decisive"
Nov-03-08  Kareem: computer suggested 38-NxR:
38- NxR NxQ
39- RxN+ Kh7
40- Rd7+ Kh6
41- Rh8+ Kg5
42- Rg7+ Kf4
43- Rf8+ winning.
May-06-11  LIFE Master AJ: This is game # 25, (page # 56) of the book, "The Golden Dozen," by Irving Chernev.

WOW! UNBELIEVABLE! AMAZING!!
(Running out of adjectives.)

May-06-11  LIFE Master AJ: This game reminds me of a movie:

"The Clash of The Titans." (cheezy flick - but a great game)

Feb-09-14  tranquilsimplicity: It's a pity that Keres as he matured completely relinquished aggressive and creative Chess opting to play quietly and defensively, and extracting wins from his positional mastery. This resulted in many draws in his record. A reason perhaps he has been forgotten as one of the greatest Chess players the world has seen. Keres and Bronstein are to me the greatest Chess players never to be world champions.

I have also observed that Bronstein's rating does not give a true picture of his strength. Even to date, many 2700 GMs cannot produce the quality of Bronstein games. #

Feb-11-14  tranquilsimplicity: Well..actually - "completely relinquished"- is an exaggeration. Keres by his own admission in an article I have just come across, describes himself as of the combinatorial ilk. I know this to be the case from my own experience of playing through his games but chose to jump on a bandwagon that had my previous view. You will still find brilliantly aggressive games that Keres played right until he passed in 1975. #
Feb-11-14  SChesshevsky: <You will still find brilliantly aggressive games that Keres played right until he passed in 1975.>

Keres could still unleash a pretty good attack once he saw it.

Keres vs J L Watson, 1975

A lot of his more positional play later in his career probably could be attributed to his age and he wasn't in great health. It just saved a lot of energy.

But if I remember right, he won this tourney and a big one in Russia just prior and then died within months.

A great player.

Feb-06-15  mcgee: User: kevin86 >>Bronstein and Keres both belong in the short list of players who fell short of the championship-similar to Zukertort,Korchnoi,and Morphy-and in other fields:Elisha Gray (second inventor of the telephone) and the Buffalo Bills (losers of four super bowls<< and Jimmy White, six-times runner-up in the world snooker championship (1984, 1990-4 inclusive)
Feb-19-17  Eduardo Bermudez: Quite significant that Bronstein had a favorable overall result in his games against Keres and Korchnoi !
Mar-11-17  andrea volponi: 14...Cc5!=
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