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David Bronstein vs Grigory Levenfish
URS-ch sf 15th (1946), Leningrad URS
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Old Variation (D48)  ·  1-0



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Sep-10-05  Resignation Trap: A really brilliant finish by Bronstein: 29. Rf5!! Qe4 30. Re5+!! right?

Sorry, but the last ten moves of this game were played in time pressure, and the score given in The Sorcerer's Apprentice is thus: 29.Bxc6+ Qxc6 30.Bxf6 Rf7 31.Qg8+ Rf8 32.Qg5 Kd7 33.Rf2 Qxb6 34.Qg7+ Kc6 35.Bxd4 Rxf2 36.Bxe3 Qxb2 37.Rc1+ Kb5 38.Qb7+ Ka4 39.Rc4+ Ka3 40.Bc1 1-0.

29. Rf5 and 30. Re5+ was some analysis by Bronstein's trainer, Alexander Konstantinopolski .

Apr-27-07  computer chess guy: 29. Rf5 is plenty good enough to win, but 29. Rxf6 is a forced mate: Rxf6 Rxf6 Bxf6 Qxg2+ Qxg2 Kf7 Qg7+ Ke6 Bc4+ Bd5 Qe7+ Kf5 Qe5+ Kg6 Qg5+ Kf7 Bxd5+ Nxd5 Qg7#
Sep-01-07  wolfmaster: 29.? Friday Puzzle
Dec-26-08  Brown: Interesting that this score has not been update. Thanks <RT> for the historical information.

In the time scramble after move 30, Bronstein I think could have played 36.Qh6+, picking up the Q. King seems safe.

Jan-23-09  syracrophy: Incredible!
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  Gypsy: Bronstein vs Levenfish, 1947
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  plang: The gambit 11 Ne4 is sometimes referred to as the Freymann Attack - it is almost never played any more though White does get a dangerous attack. Vainstein is critical of 12..Bb7 recommending 12..Be7 instead but the real culprit seems to be 14..Nxe5 (no comment was attached to this move) which just looks an insane pawn grab.

<Gypsy: Bronstein vs Levenfish, 1947>

I made a comment that this game is a duplicate which is not entirely accurate. The game labeled as 1947 has the correct moves but the year and event are mis-labeled. This game has the correct year and event but the moves are only accurate through 28 Bb5+ (see 2005 post above)

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