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Izak Aloni vs David Bronstein
"Aloni in the Dark" (game of the day Jan-15-2023)
Moscow Olympiad Final-A (1956), Moscow URS, rd 2, Sep-11
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E80)  ·  0-1



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Jan-19-06  Mendrys: Gem of a game by Bronstein. For most 10...c5! is counter intuitive. It weakens the d pawn and gives up hope of controlling d5. This same c pawn later proves decisive in allowing black to infiltrate white's position.
Mar-16-13  Garech: Incredible game by Bronstein - triple pawn sac to open lines! Impressive stuff.


Apr-21-13  Everett: Bronstein turns White's Q into a spectator so he can freely attack the K.
Nov-18-13  Mendrys: This game is featured in The Sorcerer's Apprentice which I would highly recommend for any chess enthusiast.
Oct-11-14  tranquilsimplicity: What a magnificent strategy! The quintessential anti-materialist proves again and again that "Position is before material"; loosely translating as 'brains over brawn'.#
Oct-11-14  tranquilsimplicity: Or quality over quantity.#
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  saffuna: That rook on a8 was a pretty strong piece. Considering it never moved.
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  keypusher: <saffuna: That rook on a8 was a pretty strong piece. Considering it never moved.>

Yep, see also the h8 rook in Giri-Carlsen, played today.

A Giri vs Carlsen, 2019

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  Honza Cervenka: 14.0-0-0? was a jump under wheels of black's attack. 14.0-0 would have been much better.
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  perfidious: White's ninth move brought him much trouble and worry with the centre still open; he would have done better to close things up with d5, then castle long (as usual in the Saemisch) and play for the kingside bash with g4, plus h4-h5.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Black's moves 9-14--now that you seize the initiative from White.

During my playing career, would have recognized my mishandling of the opening and ventured a desperation move, namely 14.h4, but ...b7-b5 remains a problem and Black might even consider ...f7-f5.

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  HeMateMe: A creative player like bronstein made a nice living with the KID. It's as though he were a sorcerer's apprentice...
Jan-15-23  goodevans: Back in the day, Brits of my generation, like our US counterparts, would consider all Soviets as 'Russians' and I remember being a little surprised as a kid that there was a 'Russian' called David.

In fact it was shortly after that that finding out that Tal was actually Latvian opened my eyes to the fact the Soviet Union comprised many other countries. I have to admit, though, that until today I didn't realise that Bronstein was actually Ukrainian and his not being Russian might have had something to do with him being possibly the greatest player ever to not become WC.

On the other hand it might just have been that in his final must-win game in his WC match against Botvinnik he never got a better position and when he agreed a draw after just 22 moves he was clearly worse. But that would mean that the conspiracy theories are nothing more than just that.

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  OhioChessFan: g4 was very weakening and 0-0-0 was castling into trouble. As for the White Queen, I'll channel Lasker. It may as well have been anywhere but on the board.
Jan-15-23  outplayer: <Honza Cervenka> This game makes me remember a classical game between Keres and Botvinnik.

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