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Anatoly Karpov vs David Bronstein
"Anatoly of a Murder" (game of the day Sep-18-2012)
Moscow (1971), Moscow URS, rd 13, Dec-12
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation (B92)  ·  1-0



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  gawain: I am thinking that Bronstein missed a good chance with his passed pawn.

30.... e3!
31 Nf3 Ne4

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if 32 Re1 Bc5

Oct-28-08  Brown: I was thinking similarly, <gawain>, but it seems white will maintain control much like the game after 31.Nb3 (temporarily preventing ...Bc5) followed by 32.Nd4 or Re1.
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  gawain: You are right, <Brown> I can find no edge for B in any of the plausible lines after 31 Nb3.

I see that you are a Bronstein fan. So am I. I admire his style of play and I also enjoy reading his annotations which manage to be both helpful and entertaining.

Sep-06-11  Everett: This is really a fun and rich game, with Bronstein "making it interesting" as usual with 23..Rxc3.

And according to Karolyi in his new book on Karpov, Bronstein forced Karpov to make some mistakes. After Karpov's 33rd <Rb5 is better> Bronstein misses a draw with <33..Nf4+ 34.Kf1 <34.Ke3 Nxg2+ 35.Ke2 Nf4+ with repetition> 34..e3! 35.Nf3 e2+ 36.Kg1 Kf8> A pity Bronstein missed it...

Earlier, <31..Ng4> is also an improvement, though White seems to be winning with best play, but it would be fun to play out.

Sep-06-11  Everett: My previous line for move 33 makes no sense. I was quoting from the book without the position in front of me... Deserves closer scrutiny. I wonder if they have the same score.

The comment regarding <31..Ng4> still stands, and one sample line may be <31..Ng4 32.Kf1 Ne3+ 33.Ke2 Nxf5 34.g4> which Karolyi assess as trouble for Black. Im guessing the best response for Bronstein would be <34...Ne7> with a position beyond my ability to assess.

As far as the other line on move 33. I think if we started with <32..Nh5 33.Ke2 Nf4+> and that line makes sense now...

Jul-28-12  Everett: Another look! It seems <Gawain's> idea is much more effective one move later, as both 30..Bd6 and 31.Kg1 help Black.

<31..e3! 32.Nf3 <Nb3 Ne4 33.Nc1 <heading for e2; note 33.Re1?? Bxg3 and Bronstein even wins> 33..Nxc3 34.Ra1 and Black is only slightly inferior> 32..Ne4 33.Ra1 e2> and things are getting interesting. Karpov is likely slightly better in all these lines, but <31..e3> produces lines that make things very tough for him to win.

Jul-31-12  Everett:

According to the above link, moves 32 and 33 for Black may possibly have been inverted. This does make a difference, according to Karolyi, who claims that Bronstein had a draw in the game after <32..Nh5 33.Ke2? Nf4+ 34.Kf1 e3 35.Nf3 e2+ 36. Kg1 Kf8>.

I'm not sure which score is correct. If anyone has a definitive score for this game, please let me know.

Sep-18-12  Blunderdome: This pun.
Sep-18-12  xynkrn: <Everett> I think you are right, the following link also shows moves 32 and 33 inverted, and as you say it makes a significant difference.

Sep-18-12  RookFile: Bronstein put up ingenious resistance, but Karpov played a great game.
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  HeMateMe: Great pun, nice game.
Sep-18-12  Blunderdome: Wait, no, guys. Seriously. This pun is so fantastic.
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  kevin86: Black seemed to dominate the game until the end. When the smoke cleared,it was Karpov who won the game.
Sep-18-12  JRMenezes: After reading the title of the game I am planning to watch the movie, Anatomy of a Murder
Sep-18-12  Jim Bartle: Do I get credit for this pun, or is it a coincidence? I suggested it as a movie title on the Odd Lie page yesterday.
Sep-18-12  rapidcitychess: <Jim Bartle>

Give yourself a cookie and pat your own back. :)

Sep-18-12  scormus: <JB> whatever, a brilliant pun. Seems to sum up the game perfectly.

Was there ever a better player than Anatoli for defending an awkward position but with material edge? Great to see Bronstein still fighting and hanging tough right to the end.

Premium Chessgames Member <Jim Bartle: Do I get credit for this pun, or is it a coincidence?> You get full credit, Jim. Brilliant pun, brilliant game.
Sep-18-12  schnarre: ...The day's pun seems very apt for this game! Nice ending by Karpov.
Sep-19-12  Gambit All: What's wrong with 39. ♔x♘g3?
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  PhilFeeley: So Karpov got to play Bronstein, but never Fischer. Strange. And tragic.
Sep-20-12  RookFile: Karpov also played Reshevsky, Najdorf, and Keres.
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  keypusher: <Gambit All: What's wrong with 39. ♔x♘g3?>


Apr-04-16  Howard: Right on, keypusher !
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  Honza Cervenka: 21...Rxa4 22.Rxa4 d5! could have spared black of all difficulties, for example 23.Nxd5 (23.exd5 Bb4) 23...Nxd5 24.exd5 Qb7 25.Qe4 (25.Qxe5? Rc8 ∓) 25...Qb5 26.h3 (to avoid threatening mate) 26...Rc8 27.Ra1 Rc4 28.Qd3 e4 29.Qe2 Qxd5 etc.
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