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Vlastimil Hort vs David Bronstein
Donner Memorial-B (1994), Amsterdam NED, rd 1, Aug-19
Bird Opening: From Gambit. Declined (A02)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-21-08  parmetd: wht a strange opening and a strange game. Curious to see if black didn't misplay this horribly
Feb-22-08  ughaibu: The opening is a Balogh's defense reversed.
Feb-22-08  sallom89: once i played as black against that opening on playchess .. i simply got crushed,either that guy was an expert playing it or maybe because it was unfamiliar.
Feb-22-08  parmetd: the opening is not Balogh's defense it is correctly labeled as the Bird's opening From's gambit which is f4 e5. The opening for white is CLEARLY unsound, how black is best to come out of the opening is a good question. I question if c5 is a good reponse. Here white suffers from dark square weaknesses, a bad light square bishop and kingside holes. Black's edge is as obvious as it is unique.
Feb-23-08  ughaibu: Re@#$%ingversed, for @#$%s sake!!!
Oct-01-08  Monoceros: There's a little book I read when I was a teenager, "Baroque Chess Openings", by some unknown club player or other. One of the openings advocated for White was the Stonewall Attack, which can be set up with 1. f4. From's Gambit disrupts this plan, whereupon the book's recommendation is the Balogh's Defence reversed, just as in this game. Only one other game in the database goes well for White in this line.

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  whiteshark: This game has a history dating back 24 years:

During a drank through night (after a quick draw in the last round here: Bronstein vs Hort, 1970), the two promised each other to open a game with the King's Gambit at the next opportunity. (Zonal and interzonal tournaments excluded)

Full story with much more background details (in German):

Hort wrote that Bronstein was down to 90 seconds for his next 18 moves when offered a draw in this game.

Aug-14-22  Olavi: The story that <whiteshark> mentions is yet another of those Hort stories. They played a few outside Interzonals...

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