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Boris Spassky vs David Bronstein
"The SMERSH Gambit" (game of the day Jan-30-2017)
USSR Championship (1960), Leningrad URS, rd 16, Feb-20
King's Gambit: Accepted. Modern Defense (C36)  ·  1-0



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  WannaBe: <RandyM450> Doesn't matter. Look where the queen is. Qxg6 (backed up by knight) Game over.

Yeah, you're going to say Kh8, Nf7+ (bishop support)

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  WannaBe: Yeah, what Shams said. :-) He must type faster than I can.
Aug-17-05  thebriarpatch: The generally accepted best continuation after 15. Nd6, which has been posted earlier, is:

15. … Bxd6
16. Qh7+ Kf8
17. cxd6 exf1=Q+
18. Rxf1 cxd6
19. Qh8+ Ke7
20. Re1+ Ne5
21. Qxg7 Rg8
22. Qxh6 Qb6
23. Kh1 Be6
24. dxe5 d5

How does White continue the attack after this? As has been posted, Fritz evaluates this position as + .50 for White, I am unclear how to continue in such a position.

Aug-17-05  RandyM450: <Shams> That was very helpful. Thank you.
Aug-17-05  thebriarpatch: Second question: Why didn't black play 20... Bxe5 21. Nxe5 Rxe5 as has been posted by MatrixManNe0? Black is a pawn down, but is there an immediate win for White?
Nov-29-05  PaulLovric: was 17...Bf5 a waiting move?
Dec-27-05  DeepBlade: 24. Qe4+ Kh8
25. Rxf8! <removing the defender (Nf8) of the soon to come Ng6+ family fork>

25. ...Rxf8 or ...Qxf8

26. Ng6+ <here comes the almighty knight fork>

I wouldnt play on if I was Black.

Dec-28-05  seeminor: i am unsure as to why 15 Nd6 has been called "!? hardly necessary" by Burgess, Nunn and Emms and "!!unbelievable" by Nigel Davies Malcom Pein and Jonathan Levitt. Which one is it??
Dec-28-05  syracrophy: After 23...g6 24.Rf7+ and the queen falls and after 23...Kh8 24.Rxf8+!! Rxf8 (or Qxf8) 25.Ng6+ crushing

This game appeared in the movie of the James Bond serie, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

Dec-29-05  seeminor: Bronstein himself admitted that the devil had made him play 1...e5, or more simply he merely forgot Spassky had a great affinity for the Kings Gambit too. An interesting character trait is revealed in the book David Bronstein: chess Improviser by Vaisman. Apparently Bronstein could rarely bring himself to use the most critical tests of his favourite openings. He loved the Kings Gambit, but to try to dismantle it was to him like "killing a child". Thus an odd situation arises where his superb knowledge of this particular opening is more of a hinderance than a help. He therefore goes in for a line which eventually puts him on the back foot.
Dec-29-05  offramp: <syracrophy: ...This game appeared in the movie of the James Bond serie, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE>

Really? Strange that no one else has mentioned that in 4 whole pages of kibitzing.

Dec-29-05  KingG: <offramp> lol!
Dec-29-05  DeepBlade: This is the 23. Qe4+ <g6> continuation

23. Qe4+ g6 24.
Rxf8 Qg7 25. Rf7 Qxf7 26. Bxf7 Rg8 27. Nxg6 Kg7 28. Qe7 Kh7 29. Bxg8+ Kxg8 30. Nf4 Re8 31. Qxe8+ Kg7 32. Nh5+ Kh7 33. Qf7+ Kh8 34. Qg7#

This is the 23. Qe4+ <Ng6> continuation

23. Qe4+ Ng6 24.
Qxg6+ Kh8 25. Bc2 Qxe5 26. Qh7#

This is the 23. Qe4+ <Kh8> continuation

23. Qe4+ Kh8 24.
Rxf8+ Qxf8 25. Ng6+ Kh7 26. Nxf8+ Kh8 27. Qh7#

Dec-30-05  Averageguy: <DeepBlade> No flaws there that I can see. Very good analysis.
Feb-12-06  DeepBlade: <Averageguy> You're welcome!
Feb-13-06  EnglishOpeningc4: Fritz gives draws with 15... exf1=Q+ 16. Rxf1 Bxd6 17. Qh7+ Kf8 18. Qh8+ Ke7 19. Re1+ Be5 20. Qxg7 Rg8 21. Qxh6 Qf8 22. Qh4+ f6
23. dxe5 Kd8 24. e6 Qxc5+ 25. Nd4 Qd5 26. Nf3 Qc5+ 27. Nd4 Qd5 28. Nf3 Qc5+ 29. Nd4

or 19... Ne5 20. Qxg7 Rg8 21. Qxh6 Be6 22. cxd6+ cxd6 23. dxe5 Qb6+ 24. Qe3 Qxb2 25. exd6+ Kxd6 26. Rd1+ Ke7 27. Qc5+ Kf6 28. Nd4 Qb6 29. Rf1+ Kg7 30. Qe5+ Kf8 31. Qxe6 Qxd4+ 32. Kh1 Rg7 33. Bb3 Kg8 34. Rxf7 Rxf7 35. Qxf7+ Kh8 36. Qh5+ Kg7 37. Qf7+ Kh8 38. Qh5+ Kg7 39. Qf7+ Kh8, but i doubt that white doesn't have better, ill have to look at it.

Feb-16-06  Joao Quintas Godinho: what about 15. ... xf1=Q + ?
Feb-20-06  eniel: Hi guys and girls,

just two days ago I had the unique chance in my life to see GM Spassky live explaining this game to the audience. He said that in the movie From Russia with love there are two pawns missing, probably che C and D ones. He said the he met Bronstein 5 times officially and he won always. Than he showed us the only game won by David B. (a friendly match). I played in a Simultanea with Spassky and he played the King Gambit 20 times over 20 and he had 18 victories and just 2 draws (one of them of courtesy).


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  plang: "Is this the famous game in the movie 'From Russia with love' ?"

Are you sure? I thought it was used in "Casino Royale"

Feb-21-06  RookFile: I don't know about Casino Royale but this definitely was in From Russia with Love.
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  BishopBerkeley: Here is an image of this game as it appears in the James Bond film "From Russia with Love":

The fictional Chess contest is between (SPECTRE agent) "Kronstein" (Czechoslovakia) and "MacAdams" (Canada).

Nice that they should acknowledge David Bronstein ("Kronstein" = "Kremlin" + "Bronstein" ?), but it would also have been nice to give Boris Spassky his due!

Another image from the movie at Chessbase, with interesting comments (scroll down):

A few more nice images from the movie (scroll down to see the elegant tournament room, complete with oversized display board):

(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

Mar-20-06  Fan of Leko: <Blofeld is, for those of you who aren't familiar with the Bond series, a superintelligent cat who speaks, using a sophisticated form of ventriloquism, through various human puppets.> LOL
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  Benzol: <BishopBerkeley> You're probably right about it being inspired by Bronstein but it's actually spelt Kronsteen.

These "tpoys" are getting in everywhere.


A pity Vladek Sheybal has passed away he would have been great for the part of Vladimir Putin in something.

Mar-21-06  offramp: George Michael is going to be the next Bond villain. His character will be a cross between Blofeld and Oddjob.
Apr-12-06  Jarlaxle: All this highschool drama beside... does anyone else find it interesting that in 22 games bronstein never beat spassky?
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