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Tim P Wall vs David Bronstein
Hastings Challengers (1994), Hastings (England)
Queen Pawn Game: Levitsky Attack (D00)  ·  0-1

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Nov-24-12  ughaibu: What's the problem with taking the b-pawn?
Mar-25-13  Everett: <ughaibu: What's the problem with taking the b-pawn?>

Likely no problem, yet after <10.Bxb5 Qb6> White will have to exchange off a B for N to hold on to the extra pawn, so Black will have the two Bs and good development while White's K is still in the center. Also, with such thrusts of the b-pawn, ..Rb8 is sure to come next, with b2 under fire.

But maybe Bronstein was thinking of something different, like <10.Bxb5 Nxd4!?!?> with an unholy mess. Black will soon have ..Rb8, ..Qa5 and a freed up diagonal from a1-h8 to play with. White will also have to contend with ..Bg4 and dropping his d-pawn. I imagine this may have appealed to Bronstein.

From going over many, many games of Bronstein's, even at his most responsible, he was willing to sac material to get to the opposing K, especially when his own K was relatively safe. It is almost as if the chance to put some heat on his opponents position made him itchy.

Mar-26-13  ughaibu: I can't see any specific problem either, so I'm not convinced that white chose the lesser evil.
Mar-26-13  Everett: <ughaibu: I can't see any specific problem either, so I'm not convinced that white chose the lesser evil.>

Agreed. Did you happen to play around with any positions after <10.Bxb5 Nxd4!?> They are quite fun, and a bit chaotic.

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