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David Bronstein vs Semyon Furman
USSR Championship (1948), Moscow URS, rd 17, Dec-09
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Line (E40)  ·  1-0



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Jul-30-05  Resignation Trap: Botvinnik probably enjoyed ripping this game to shreds. Here is what he recorded in his red notebook: "Nimzo-Indian, transposing into a Queen's gambit a la Fine. Furman played weakly, ended up with hanging pawns, and if 'Br' had played 15. Nf4 things would immediately have been bad for him. Began marking time, harassing the opponent a la Reshevsky! And on move 21 he missed a clear win. Two weak moves by 'Br', and then play in time trouble. A 'coffee-house' rook sacrifice - had Furman played 32...Rd7, it would all have been clear, but he didn't play that, and four moves later in a hopeless position he lost on time. Shame. A poor game!"
Sep-05-08  Resignation Trap: A photo of this game in progress after 14. Qc2 (Salomon Flohr watches on the left): .
May-06-11  LIFE Master AJ: Warning: Mad Genius at work!!!

(If you try to understand these moves, you risk giving yourself a brain embolism.)

This is game # 22 (pg. # 50) in the book, "The Golden Dozen," by Irving Chernev.

Jun-02-11  ToTheDeath: The game after 32...Rd7! 33.h4 is probably winning for Black but would require considerable accuracy in time pressure to convert. White is going to march his f and e pawns forward and Black's pieces are uncoordinated.

It's true there are many errors in this game, but that's most likely a result of nerves (the USSR Championship was kind of a big deal) and Bronstein's inimitable style- the complications he creates are mind boggling.

Oct-07-12  chrisfalter: Bronstein analyzes this game in his collection, The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

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