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David Bronstein vs Alexander G Beliavsky
"Busting the Blockade" (game of the day May-19-2004)
43rd USSR Championship (1975), Yerevan URS, rd 11, Dec-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation (B18)  ·  1-0



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Jul-26-03  Corben: Unbelivable, since 10. f5 Bronstein forbade blacks bishop entering the game and that gave him a won endgame. At the end the h pawn finds his way to the crown and black will have too many threats to handle: the white king gathering pawns and helping to get a new piece at h8 and he still could won by quietly going for the b7 pawn and another piece in b8; if the black king choose to defend the b pawn then he could be easyly expeled either by the extra piece or by zugzwang. Somehow Bronsteins games have the same positional feeling of Kramniks or even Phillidors.
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  The Long Diagonal: Very impressive from Bronstein. Playing this endgame must have been a frustrating experience to Beliavsky: he had one pawn more but that didn't count at all, and practically he had one bishop and one pawn less.
Jul-26-03  Benjamin Lau: Indeed, by the time Beliavsky frees his bishop, it's already too late. The idea of pseudo-material. For most of the middlegame and endgame, Beliavsky is really down a bishop.
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  kevin86: Amusing! Black's bishop has been incarcerated since move 10-finally freed-it has nothing to manage;while the knight is confined to the upper right quadrant of the board.

In short,white's position is crushing-though a pawn down.

May-19-04  Ed Caruthers: In hindsight, 12...f5-f4, giving the pawn back before it's blockaded
May-19-04  iron maiden: "Bronstein vs. Beliavsky, Busting the Blockade." Brings blame upon the bad bishop. Bronstein's brilliancy. :-)
May-19-04  matrix: <iron maiden> Very nice alliteration
May-19-04  Cornwallis: Good way to really make black's bishop bad.
May-19-04  Minor Piece Activity: I've never seen this game before. Cute pawn sac to block the bishop.
May-19-04  bob725: 'bronsteins brilliancy'?

Doesn't his opponent have opportunities to unblock his bishop with pawn advance many times during the game? imo he does.

May-19-04  ajile: I was thinking an early f5-f4 also. The white bish is hopeless.
May-19-04  JimmyBean: they werent as impressive as they say........... i wouldve beat this "bronstein" anyday!
May-19-04  Calchexas: <matrix>: No, amazingly amusing alliteration: although all are alike, an awesome amount is asked.
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  Gypsy: < JimmyBean: they werent as impressive as they say........... i wouldve beat this "bronstein" anyday!> Gentleman surely jests?!
Aug-22-05  who: Don't forget that black turned down a repetition of moves at move 33.
May-08-09  Brown: Yes, black does have opportunity to push f5-f4 at certain points, but it is still not advantageous, as the pawn will be eaten and the f7 square will be under fire. Basically, black's Q-side majority is crippled, no matter what happens with the bishop, while white's Q-side is ready to roll. Won endgame either way.
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  Gypsy: <who: Don't forget that black turned down a repetition of moves at move 33.>

I think it highly unlikely that there would have been a repetition of moves. Chances are that White would eventually get the essentially same endgame as came up in the game; just by different means.

The game could have continued perhaps like this: <33...Re3 34.Kc2 Rd7 (34...Kc4? 35.Ng2 Rd3 36.b3+...) 35.Rg2 Re7 36.Re2 Rxe2 37.Bxe2 Rd7 38.Rd1...>.

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  Domdaniel: In many ways, Bronstein anticipated the computer-influenced style of aggressive contemporary players such as Topalov. Certainly anyone playing an opening like this now would be accused of having cooked it up in the engine room. In his day, he was sometimes regarded as a Romantic throwback, but games like this show his deep positional sense - his refusal to regain the pawn (and free Black's problem Bishop) has a sort of refined ironic humour.

There are hidden tactics galore. At move 8, if Black tries 8...Bxc5, then 9.dxc5 poses problems. Taking the c5-pawn allows 10.f5, winning a Bishop for 3 pawns. And 9...Qb4+ 10.c3 Qe4 11.Be3! Qxh1 12.Bg2 wins the black queen (12...Qxh2 13.Bxc6+ etc.)

Jan-25-11  Everett: Bronstein! We can add "brilliant strategist" to his description.
Oct-28-18  ndg2: I like how Bronstein didn't care about h5 much. It was much more important to him, that the Bishop of g6 was out of play. Bronstein basically was up a piece the whole time.
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  Check It Out: Go Bronstein.
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  Messiah: Really interesting line.

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