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Shimon Kagan vs David Bronstein
Petropolis Interzonal (1973), Petropolis BRA, rd 10, Aug-06
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation (B91)  ·  1-0



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Apr-23-06  GarryBonaparte: Very great game by Shimon Kagan
promoting his signature structure
with 6 g3!
Jun-09-13  siggemannen: If i remember correctly from a book on this tourney, Bronstein missed a draw with around moves 59-60...
Jan-29-14  jerseybob: siggemannen: Seems to me that 59..Kc4(instead of Kc3) puts the black king one square closer to attacking the b-pawn. I don't see any fatal forks.
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  FSR: This loss to one of the co-tailenders (who went +2 =2 -13) was a big blow to Bronstein's chances to qualify.
Feb-13-14  jerseybob: FSR: As in the 1958 loss to Cardoso. But Bronstein missed his golden chance against Botvinnik in '51, needing only one-half point out of the two remaining games.
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  FSR: <jerseybob> Not quite. Bronstein <got> one-half point in the last two games, but that only sufficed for a drawn match. Botvinnik-Bronstein World Championship Match (1951) He needed 1-1 in the last two games to win it.
Feb-14-14  jerseybob: Oh, you're right. Always dangerous relying on memory.
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  FSR: <jerseybob> Another way of looking at it is that Botvinnik only needed 1.5 points in the last 4 games to draw the match. He almost didn't get it because he lost games 21 and 22!
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  perfidious: <FSR> As matters went, Bronstein finished a full point behind the three players who qualified for the playoff despite going 5/7 in the remainder.

Two remarkable wins for the old master were Bronstein vs Ljubojevic, 1973, which spelt the beginning of the end for Motormouth's chances, and Bronstein vs Panno, 1973.

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  FSR: <perfidious> Yes, both amazing games. "Motormouth"? Ouch, you're mean.
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  perfidious: <FSR> Not at all; Ljubo was known on the circuit thus:

Ljubomir Ljubojevic

<GM Ljubomir Ljubojevic is fluent in several languages and is capable of talking at an amazing speed in all of them so much so that he has acquired the nickname "Motormouth". Having a post-(m)ortem with Ljubojevic is usually great fun; he will try to defend any position, no matter how bad, saying over and over "It's not so simple". If you find a nice tactic, he will remark, "You're very trickful". Late news has it that Ljubo no longer says "trickful". The other players had carefully avoided correcting him for years, but some spoilsport must have told Ljubo that the word is "tricky".>

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  FSR: <perfidious> Fun fact: the top six finishers in the Petropolis Interzonal (1973) (and no others) each won seven games. The deciding factor was how many losses each had. Mecking had none, and won the tournament. Geller, Polugaevsky, and Portisch each had one loss, and qualified for a playoff. (If you recall, poor Geller missed qualification because he flagged in a pawn-up ending because he was mistaken about what move the time control came at!) Smyslov and Bronstein had two and three, respectively, and missed out. One of Smyslov's two losses was against Bronstein.
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  FSR: <perfidious> Ah, OK. I think I vaguely recall reading that many years ago.
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  perfidious: <FSR> Remember reading Mednis' article which included the ending of Geller vs Portisch, 1973 in disbelief. Was beyond my comprehension that a title contender could not count the correct number of moves to the time check.

Portisch wound up in that playoff because of Polugaevsky vs Portisch, 1973, which came in the final round. Believe Portisch made a rueful comment after the game that he regretted taking a speedy draw in Portisch vs Bronstein, 1973 the previous round, which went something like 'Fischer was right. One should never compromise'.

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  FSR: <perfidious> Yes, that also rings a bell. I'm pretty sure that I read it in the book on the Leningrad/Petropolis 1973 Interzonals.

That was a big screw-up by Geller, but the guy had terrible luck. Remember how close he came at Curacao Candidates (1962). And he had Botvinnik's number (+3 =3 -1 at the time).

Feb-14-14  jerseybob: FSR: If Bronstein had won the world title, Reshevsky, relieved of having to play Bronstein, might've won the '53 Candidates! Well, I can dream, can't I?
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  FSR: <perfidious> From page 271 of <World Championship Interzonals: Leningrad-Petropolis 1973>:

<Portisch's regret was not that he lost this game [to Polugaevsky]; it was rather that he had conceded a quick draw with Bronstein in the previous round. 'Fischer is right,' he told Benko. 'One should play every game without compromise.'>

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  perfidious: <FSR> No wonder I blew the quote-with most of my books in mothballs, have to rely on my memory, which is not bad, but not getting any better, either.
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  FSR: <perfidious> You were close enough.
Oct-03-18  edubueno: 41... Txc2!! con igualdad, por ejemplo: +0.70 (19 ply) 42.d6 Nd5 43.Rd3 Nf4 44.Re3 Nd5 45.Ree1 Kg7 46.Ra5 Nc3 47.Rc5 Nxe4 48.Rxc2 Nxd6 49.Rc3 Rb5 50.Rd3 Nf5 51.Kh3 Nd4 52.Rde3 Ne6 53.Rxe5 Rxb3+ 54.Kg2

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