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John Nunn vs David Bronstein
"Brains vs. Bron" (game of the day Oct-11-2021)
Hastings (1975/76), Hastings ENG, rd 3, Dec-31
Spanish Game: Exchange. Normal Variation (C69)  ·  0-1



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Dec-22-02  refutor: what an amazing final position...white can't help but lose material
Aug-27-04  Whitehat1963: Player of the Day, Bronstein, offers this quick lesson in defending against the opening of the day.
Sep-30-07  sanyas: How can this be the Gligoric variation, 6.d4, when <6.d4> wasn't played?
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  Everett: Well look at that... Bronstein manages to fianchetto his king's bishop AGAIN. Remarkable.
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  GrahamClayton: After 21.♖e2, 21...♗f3 drives the rook away from defending the knight on e5.
Oct-11-21  Agferna: Black also manages to fianchetto his king knight, but in his opponent’s king side!

Had the game continued with the natural 21.Re2 Bf3 22.Nf3 Bb2 23.Re8 Re8 24. Nbd2 Ba1 25.Kg2 with black a clear exchange up, would have also fianchettoed his king bishop in his opponent’s queen side!

I guess when your opponent is about to fianchetto you on both flanks, and not just a temporary one-move bishop exchange, you get a dreadful sinking feeling prompting immediate resignation. And that’s exactly what happened in this game!


Oct-11-21  Atking: Great lesson to the young player by the older.
Oct-11-21  Atking: 11.b3 seems a bit candid. The engine suggests 11.Nc3 h6 12.Qe3 Be6 13.a3 Qd6 14.Ne4 and 15.Nc5 which appears pleasant for White.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Almost never played 1...e5 in tournaments or matches; therefore, never saw 5...Ne7!? before now. The DB has a large number of games with the variation. Seems like a decent way for Black to apply The Spanish Torture on White.
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  Dionysius1: How's Bronstein going to get his knight out of g2 though?
Oct-11-21  Olavi: No need to take it out, it is fine there.
Oct-11-21  Olavi: Agferna's variation seems correct.
Oct-11-21  Ironmanth: What a fight; two greats slugging it out! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all have a great week out there; stay safe, play chess!
Oct-11-21  catlover: I always enjoy Bronstein's games.
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  Dionysius1: if that's so <Olavi>, what happens when White transfers the action away from his home King side quartile? This seems analogous to winning a rook in its corner square and not being able to free the knight.
Oct-11-21  JohnBoy: Beautiful game! And it needs to be forever paired w J Kaplan vs Bronstein, 1975 , from the same tournament. The Sorcerer's Apprentice sure gave the youngsters a beating.
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  HeMateMe: Nunn was a rising star but bronstein was a living legend.

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