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Lubomir Kavalek vs David Bronstein
Amsterdam IBM (1968), Amsterdam NED, rd 10, Jul-27
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation General (C16)  ·  0-1

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Oct-16-18
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  Everett: If White simply played 26.Nb7 immediately, could Black manage a fortress despite being the eventual exchange down?
Oct-17-18  RookFile: Wow, you look at what actually happened, and you feel pretty good about what Kavalek did. Then black plays 38....Rc8 and you say: "Uh oh".

Regarding 26. Nb7, I think Kavalek didn't want to give Bronstein an option to get ...Nb6 in first, before white tries a breakthrough.

Oct-17-18  Boomie: Mysterious game. A French ignoring c5? Go figure. The number of head scratching moves per square inch in this game is large. I get the sense that this is way above my pay grade.
Jan-21-21  Sally Simpson: ***

Kavalek writes about this threads game saying it one his favourites. (another game he lost and likes is Kavalek vs Bronstein, 1966 and praises Bronstein's creativity and 'magic touch.')

For this game he writes:

"I wanted to be a hero and show Bronstein that there are still players in the world who can create more than half points in the cross table.

I remember the moment when I decided to go head first through the stone wall defence of Bronstein's pieces.

A moment of excitement, a stupid, illogical and unpractical decision as a professional player. But a very wise decision for someone who wanted to learn something new."

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