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Frantisek Zita vs David Bronstein
EUR-chT (Men) 1st (1957), Wien-Baden, rd 4, Aug-25
Zukertort Opening: Nimzo-Larsen Variation (A04)  ·  0-1



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Sep-08-05  snowie1: Ans to <pauldurion> 16.f4! That's when f4 would have improved white's position. Exchanging Ns weakened his position, exposing his Emperor! And 20.Bxg7!! Kxg7 21.Qb2+ and now, BLACK must play reaction white ample time to do something with his f3 pawn.
Sep-08-05  chessic eric: <YouRang> yes...i guess I was halucinating earlier today...
Sep-08-05  chessic eric: In fact, to avoid further embarrasment, I'm killing that post. Die post, die.
Sep-08-05  Rama: "Good night Mrs Calabash, wherever you are!"
Sep-08-05  TheSlid: F Zita - Bronstein says the caption. "One I know" thinks me - "...Nxf2 will be the move". But it wasn't, it was another one. And I was too impatient... Rats and Rats again.
Sep-08-05  klausewitz: I missed this one!!!
Sep-08-05  YouRang: <chessic eric> I happy to know that for once, I'm not the one halucinating (or at least I'm not the only one.)
Sep-08-05  sitzkrieg: Be sure to also check the Zita Bronstein game of 1946 (KI) for those who not know that game yet. Great game.
Sep-08-05  LIFE Master AJ: Pretty slick. (A testimony to Pawn Power.)

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  OhioChessFan: Ugh. That discovered check just drew my eye up and down the f file. Wait'll next Monday!
Sep-08-05  Swapmeet: Oddly enough when I first looked at this puzzle, c6 just jumped out at me, but purely for aesthetic reasons. I didn't even look at the rest of the position or which side to play. Of course when I did stop and look at the position I didn't even consider c6, lol.
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  Richard Taylor: I thought 36 c5 was the winning move and if b4 then 37 a4 missed c6 hmmm bt didnt look for very long. Bronstein should have been world champion
Sep-10-05  LIFE Master AJ: <Richard> "Bronstein should have been world champion."

He got as close as you can get ...

Sep-10-05  Speed Zamboni Driver: I know Bronstein's a great player, but this guy he's playing here shows zero appreciation for dangerous tatctical positions. I mean, letting black open the g file, and then helping him by sealing off the rook with pawns. This one reminded me of playing chess at the high school cafeteria.
Sep-10-05  LIFE Master AJ: You must be a super GM ... to be so perceptive.
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  Gypsy: <I know Bronstein's a great player, but this guy he's playing here shows zero appreciation for dangerous tatctical positions. I mean, letting black open the g file, and then helping him by sealing off the rook with pawns. This one reminded me of playing chess at the high school cafeteria.> Lol, must be some cafeteria!!

Chessmetrics Player Profile reads as this: <František Zíta; Born: 1909-Nov Died: 1977-Oct. Best World Rank: #19 (7 different months between the January 1944 rating list and the December 1944 rating list) Highest Rating: 2644 on the August 1944 rating list, #21 in world, age 34y9m Best Individual Performance: 2646 in Prague, 1943, scoring 8.5/12 (71%) vs 2527-rated opposition.>

True, Zita's best years were between 1938-1944, but unless your cafeteria harbors lots of Bronsteins, I think Zita would do just fine against your rank and file. In my view Zita's problem is that he lost the opening duel with that Bronstein Fox. Where and how? You tel me, but I think White position is already all but strategically lost after <14...e5>!

Sep-11-05  LIFE Master AJ: <Gypsy> Nice post!
Nov-07-05  Averageguy: <Bronstein should have been world champion> Well, pressure from the KGB and him not really wanting it so much lead to him just missing it. It's a shame, had he won he would have undoubtly been better known than he is today.
Nov-07-05  acirce: What kind of "pressure from the KGB" and what do you know about that?
Nov-07-05  suenteus po 147: <acirce> I wouldn't put anything past the KGB. Nor would I would put anything past our own CIA in America. The whole function of organizations like that are to do the jobs everyone in power wants done but no one else is able to do, either through moral or legal issues.
Nov-07-05  acirce: KGB had a quite dirty history but that doesn't tell us anything about this specific case. Did the CIA put Fischer's opponents "under pressure" too?
Nov-07-05  suenteus po 147: <acirce> You're absolutely right, this specific case remains to be "proven" or at the very least confirmed. <Did the CIA put Fischer's opponents "under pressure" too?> Now that you mention it, Fischer did have a rather unbelievable streak on the road to facing and defeating Spassky ;)
Apr-05-06  AlexanderMorphy: well it certainly can't be proven...but in 50 odd years time, i'm sure we'll begin to now more about what is now regarded as "top secret information", just like we know now more bout Vietnam, the cold war and the second world war. however i strongly suspect that Fischers opponents were put under pressure. as <sueteus po 147> said he did have quite a remarkable run of form before the big match.
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  keypusher: <i strongly suspect that Fischers opponents were put under pressure.> Yes, of course, it's all clear now: the CIA arranged the "heat wave" in Denver for the Larsen match, and the suspicious "blackout" at the beginning of the Petrosian match in Buenos Aires...they must have used magnets to manuever poor Taimanov's rook to where Fischer could grab it.
Apr-07-06  AlexanderMorphy: well if thats what you think then i consider you to be a pawn(one which can't queen) not everything is as simple and straightforward as the news shows it to be...and if you believe that your governement tells you the truth and nothing else then you're easily manipulated! i'm not taking anything away from fischer as he desered to be world champion, but i'm not quite sure about his incredible streak though!
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