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David Bronstein vs Walter Browne
"Stunned Speechless" (game of the day Feb-16-2012)
Reykjavik Open (1990), Reykjavik ISL, rd 10, Mar-28
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Main Line (B99)  ·  1-0



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  kevin86: A strange game:the attack faded out,only to return...and resulted in a Browne-out.
Feb-16-12  Archswindler: <Pawsome: Jeez <Ulhumbrus> thanks for the lecture. Very fine. Are you a GM?>

Ulhumbrus? I'd be honestly surprised if his playing strength is any higher than about 1600 or 1700. Half the games on this site are filled with his "analysis", much of it very weak. Any game where someone moves their h or g pawn will probably have an inane kibitz by Ulhumbrus about "disturbing the kingside pawns without necessity" (this includes games where the pawn move is well established theory, such as the Keres Attack).

Feb-16-12  ewan14: Wonderful
Feb-16-12  offramp: I think both sides are winning!!
Feb-16-12  erniecohen: <<birthtimes>: If 27...Bxc5 then better for White is 28.Rb7+ Kg8 29.Rh1 Be6 30.Rxh6 Bf7 31.a4 Bd4 32.axb5 axb5 33.Rxb5 Bxc3 34.bxc3 Rxc3 35.Bd3 and White has 2 passed pawns with same colored bishops. Browne saw this, and decided to sac the exchange instead.>

I don't know why Browne didn't do this. All black has to do is trade his B+P for 2P to get to a drawn ending, right?

Feb-16-12  Jim Bartle: "I think both sides are winning!!"

Wasn't it Bronstein who once said during a game he was playing, "Both sides stand badly"?

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  Phony Benoni: Bronstein describes this game in <The Sorceror's Apprentice>. He doesn't say specifically which position Seirawan saw in his hotel room (and which, in Seirawan's story, had Geller staring at the board in open-mouthed amazement). However, I would guess it was the one after 21.Nf5+. Bronstein does say that Browne's <21...Kh7> was unexpected, which leads me to believe his idea was the pawn-down attack that follows 21...Bxf5 22.exf5.
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  keypusher: <jim bartle>

<Wasn't it Bronstein who once said during a game he was playing, "Both sides stand badly"?>

Tarrasch wrote that about the main line of the Chigorin defense to the Ruy Lopez, which he didn't care for.

Feb-16-12  Siksika: I agree with archswindler, Ulhumbrus' "analysis" displayed here is rather just a rambling move by move commentary. In truth its tedious simply because there's no value in it. If you want an authoritative commentary on attacking chess read Vladimir Vukovic's classic.
Feb-17-12  King Death: < Siksika: ...Ulhumbrus' "analysis" displayed here is rather just a rambling move by move commentary. In truth its tedious simply because there's no value in it...>

As far as I can tell he's on the other end of the pole from <Once> who provides entertaining commentaries. For the <Ulhumbrus> machine the word "banal" is a good description of the rambling generalities with tons of pointless twaddle. <U> read one too many Reinfeld books as a kid but has gone as far as those will take him.

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  Eggman: The first new move in this game (judging by Chessgames' database) was 20.h4
Apr-08-13  Everett: How frightening would that be: Bronstein addressing the opening like a professional.
Jan-24-15  Conrad93: <Vladimir Vukovic's classic.>

Terrible classic. Highly overrated.

Jan-24-15  zanzibar: <<conrad93> Terrible classic. Highly overrated.>

Haven't heard too many people say that before. Any specific reason(s) for it's terribleness?

Jan-26-15  Wyatt Gwyon: Conrag can't support any of his conclusory statements, so don't hold your breath waiting for anything resembling chess insight on this game.
Jan-26-15  N0B0DY: It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for Conrat to post anything sensible.

Jan-26-15  Conrad93: His idea of focal points is nonsense. In fact, his esoteric and ambiguous language just makes it more difficult for chess players to improve.

It is similar to Pawn Power in Chess in its extremely awful commentary. Forget the fact that most of the analysis is inaccurate.

There are better books on tactics and developing an attack.

Please stop advertising an inferior book. We don't need more customers being ripped off by false promises.

Jan-26-15  Conrad93: I love how when I make a comment it must be nonsense. Bunch of sheep following popular opinion. Sad.
Jan-27-15  N0B0DY: as I said before...
Jan-28-15  Conrad93: Bandwagon fallacy, Nobody. I'm sure you're familiar with it.
Jan-28-15  Captain Hindsight: Better would have been <25. Qh2! Rhd8 26. Rb6! >

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and White can look forward to a comfortable game.

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  HeMateMe: sharp, sharp, sharp. Bronstein never lets go.
Oct-04-16  kamagong24: there is a fine story about this game told by Yasser on youtube
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  saffuna: <there is a fine story about this game told by Yasser on youtube>

Good story.

Oct-04-16  Sally Simpson: The Question appears to be what position did Yasser see in the room with Bronstein and the stunned Geller.

Informator 49 (game 301) is this game and it gives the move 20.h4

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An 'N' (new move)

However in INF 48 (Game 370) Browne himself annotates the game Wolff vs Browne, 1989 where the same position is reached and Browne gives some analysis saying 20.h4!? is an interesting idea.

So the move that popped into Bronstein's head when he woke up had infact been mentioned as a possibility by his opponent Walter Browne.

In Browne analysis to the Wolff game Browne suggests here:

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That Black plays 21...Bxf5. In the game he runs against his own analysis and plays 21...Kh7.

So what is going on?

In 'Sorcerers Apprentice' Bronstein says Browne himself gave him a copy of a magazine with the Wolff game in it. Bronstein looked at it and says he discovered that 21..Bxf5 invited a very strong attack.

This is Plan A from Browne giving Bronstein a copy of the game in a magazine knowing he is bound to spot the flaw when he has infact a new move up his sleeve. 21...Kh7.

Now it all goes crazy (if you have not seen the vid link above do so now, it's rather good. and come back, I'll still be here.)

Why, if you have a move ready to bust an opening variation do you invite a fellow countryman of the opponent you are about to play it against to your room and show him what you intend to do. (apparently Geller plays his part well in this sham act.)

Did Bronstein suspect Browne was trying to trap him by giving him the magazine and invited Yasser to his room before the game expecting Yasser to tell Walter Browne just to let him know the ploy had worked.

The Game:

Browne arrives 'a puffing and a panting' (for effect) reaches move 21 and again (for effect) let's 16 minutes pass and plays 21...Kh7.


Bronstein is now looking at 21..Kh7 and wondering if Yasser told Browne. (apparently not)

No matter, the position is teeming with ideas, Bronstein uncorks 23.Qh2!! (the exclaims are Bronstein's who adds in 'Sorcerer's Apprentice' this is the refutation he was looking for. ) and Gotcha Back!

So did Bronstein discover Browne's better move 21...Kh7 and wanted Browne to go there (thus the Yasser invite) so he could play 22.Qh2!!

This is turning out to be a wonderful story.

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