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David Bronstein vs Viktor Korchnoi
USSR Championship (1958), Riga URS, rd 19, Feb-??
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System (C07)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Sep-09-05  suenteus po 147: Normally I'm not one to question a draw between GMs, but in this case I must ask, why did Korchnoi agree to shake hands here? Can he not break through Bronstein's defenses? Also, what tournament was this?
Sep-10-05  sneaky pete: <suenteus po 147> The game is from the 25th USSR Championship, also qualifier tornament for the 1958 Portoroz Interzonal (4 spots available). Bronstein (3rd, 11,5 points from 18 games) qualified, Korchnoi (9,5 points, shared 9th/11th place) did not. Although his position looks slightly superior, I don't think black has real winning chances here. Korchnoi may have had another reason for not trying to break iron: he was ill at the time and spent his time trotting between tournament hall and hospital bed.
Sep-10-05  sneaky pete: For <tornament> please read <tournament>.
Sep-13-05  suenteus po 147: <sneaky pete> Thanks for the answers! I should have guessed it was one of the USSR championships, as most of them during Botvinnik's fluctuating reign was always a who's who of the best Russian players.
Jul-25-18  ewan14: best Soviet players

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