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Semon Palatnik vs David Bronstein
41st URS-ch First League (1973), Tbilisi GEO, rd 17, Oct-??
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Agincourt Variation (A13)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-26-10  Everett: Bronstein at his best is very patient, and flexible, with a seeming calm. When it came attacking the king, however, he must have been a terror to face.
May-02-15  DrGridlock: In Sorcerer's Apprentice, Bronstein explains that he offered a draw after move 14 but, "my partner said, apologetically, that he would have a slight chance to qualify to play in the first division of next year's Soviet Championship. I acknowledged that I understood his motivation to play on."

After 19 Qh5, Bronstein writes,
"I remember that I spent about half an hour thinking about changing the position of my Queen. The problem was not how to react to White's brave pawn move 19 g4, but how to answer if White would decide to play safe with 19 h4. I did not find any active plan and was ready to propose a draw once again. But my partner, still in search for complications hoping to get lucky, played the g-pawn without hesitation."

Komodo calculates the complications as not being favorable to White. After 19 h4, Komodo evaluates the position as -.29. After 19 g4 Komodo finds:

Semon Palatnik - David Bronstein

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Analysis by Komodo 5r1 32-bit :

1. (-1.07): 19...Bxg4 20.hxg4 Nxg4 21.Bf4 Bd6 22.Bxd6 Rxd6 23.Rfe1 Rg6 24.Re7 Qg5 25.Ree1 Nh2 26.f4 Nf3+ 27.Kf1 Qg4 28.Qf2 Nxe1 29.Rxe1 Rf6 30.Re4 Rd8 31.Nb2

Even after White's move 26, Bronstein writes,

"Looking back after more than 20 years I can now see that Black had created a winning attack, but during the game I was not so certain."

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