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Arnold Denker vs Isaac Boleslavsky
Groningen (1946), Groningen NED, rd 8, Aug-22
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Fianchetto (E67)  ·  0-1



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Jan-10-03  WhoKeres: A well-played crush by Boleslavsky. White's 9th move is too slow. Players like Boleslavsky and Bronstein were only too happy to crush white players with their King's Indian's in the 40's and 50's. They put the King's Indian on the map.
Jan-11-03  Kenneth Sterling: I agree about the King's Indian, but for some reason Botvinnik went out of his way to credit Geller.
Jan-11-03  knight errant: The striving for the initiative led the Soviets to modify Hypermodern ideas about the center by analyzing openings to find dynamic, tactical play regardless of pawn coordination or center control. For example, David Bronstein and Isaac Boleslavsky showed in the King's Indian Defense how White could be allowed a free rein to occupy the center by advancing the c-, d-, e-, and even f-pawns. But Black could obtain counterplay by advancing the e-pawn to e5 and exchanging it on d4--a surrender of the center that had been anathema to Tarrasch.
Jan-12-03  PVS: <for some reason Botvinnik went out of his way to credit Geller>

Botvinnik despised Bronstein and Boleslavsky. He thought they conspired with Boris Vainstein against him to take away "his" title by setting up a three way match in 1951. He gave the King's Indian credit to the good party man Geller in part as a way of denying it from his enemies.

Jan-13-03  Kenneth Sterling: I rather liked Geller in spite of his sometimes truculent espousal of the party line.
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  Benzol: <Kenneth Sterling> Geller had a good score against Botvinnik over 10 games, +4 =5 -1
Sep-21-03  ughaibu: In the late sixties Botvinnik said Geller was clearly the best player in the world but he lacked Spassky's realism.
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  paulalbert: Given Geller's great record against World Champions including Fischer, he has to be rated among the top players who never got a direct shot at the title, but he couldn't get past Spassky. Spassky's closed Sicilian's against Geller in their candidate match are must to play over if you are interested in that opening.
Nov-28-04  kostich in time: I would argue that Boleslavskys excellent results with the KID at Groningen, coupled with Bronstiens brilliant wins with the "old" indian against Pachman and Zita,were the biggest revolution in the closed game since Nimzo "invented" the Nimzo(yes, iknow, he was just improving on Wyvill) ,and maybe even since Pillsbury invvented the Pillsbury attack. I alos think that Boleslavsky and Najdorf did more than anybody since Euwe in the twenties to show that theSicilian was blacks best weapon against e4
Jan-11-22  jerseybob: In the first half of this tourney(10 rounds) Denker was playing superbly, with 5 wins, 1 loss and 4 draws. Second half, the exact opposite, with 4 losses and no wins. The lack of a second, which arguably cost him a win against Botvinnik in the first half, was certainly a factor.

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