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David Bronstein vs Abram Davidovich Zamikhovsky
"Trojan Horses" (game of the day Aug-18-2014)
Leningrad (1970)
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation (B17)  ·  1-0



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Oct-18-05  Averageguy: Interesting how a complex middlegame attack can turn into a calm endgame up several pawns. It's annoying how wonderful games such as this have only 1 post, while one game has no moves, and 9 pages!
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  chancho: Taking the knight 14...hxg5? subjects black to a vicious attack.15 fxg5 Nd5 16.Qh5 g6? 17.Bxg6! + -
Oct-18-05  Averageguy: <chancho>16.Bh7+ is even stronger I believe. Black must accept, otherwise 16...Kf8 17.Rxf7# or 16...Kh8 17.Nxf7+ Kxh7 18.Qh5+ Kg8 19.Qh8#. After 16...Kxh7 comes 17.Qh5+ Kg8 18.Qxf7+ Kh7/8 19.Rf3 leads to an unstoppable mate on h3.
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  chancho: 14...hxg5 15.fxg5 Nh7? 16.Bxh7+ Kxh7 17.Qh5+ Kg8 18 Qxf7+ Kh7 19 Rf3 winning.
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  chancho: <Averageguy> Very Good analysis on your part.
Oct-18-05  Averageguy: <Chancho>Thanks! BTW, do you have Bronsteins book The Sorcerers Apprentice? It is a wonderful book full of many of his stories and greatest games. This is one of the many games in it.
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  chancho: <Averageguy> No, but I have his tournament book: Zurich International chess Tournament 1953.
Oct-19-05  Averageguy: Trust me, you should at least look into his biography book. I've also heard many great things about the book you've mentioned, I just never seem to get around to buying it. What do you think of it?
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  chancho: <Averageguy> "The Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953",is a great book, and a classic.He annotates all the games (210), placing emphasis on explaining the concepts and ideas in them,such as dark squared weaknesses, control of a file, etc.The variations in the games are not numerous.In his book "The Road to Chess Improvement", Gm Alexander Yermolinski said that if he had to name "one book"(Bronstein's) with helping him with his problems as a player,not once, but many times throughout his chess career, he'd know which one it is. You can order the book from Dover Publications for $11.95. I'll problably end up buying The Sorcerer's Apprentice as well.
Oct-30-05  Averageguy: <chancho> I analysed this game without a computer (I never use a comp for analysis) and found some things. In your variation 14...hxg5 15.fxg5 Nd5 16.Qh5 g6, instead of 17.Bxg6 white has a nicer win, 17.Rxf7 gxh5 18.Bh7+ Kh8 19.Ng6#. In fact, 16.Qh5 seems stronger than 16.Bh7+, as it forces mate: 1)16...Nf8 17.Qxf7+ Kh8/7 18.Qh5+ Kg8 19.Rxf8+ Bxf8 20.Qh7#/19...Kxf8 20.Qh8# 2)16.N7/5f6 17.Bh7+ Kf8 (17...Nxh7 18.Qxf7+ Kh8 19.Ng6#)(17...Kh8 18.Nxf7#)18.Qxf7#

Another nice variation is 16...fxe6 17.Qxe6+ Kh7 18.Ne5+ Kh8 (18...g6 19.Qf7+ Kh8 20.Nxg6#) 19.Nf7+ Kg8 20.Nxh6+ Kh8(20...Kf8 21.Qg8/f7#) 21.Qg8+ N/Rxg8 21.Nf7# I shall post some more of my analysis when I have time (if you want me to).

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  chancho: <Averageguy> Keep posting that analysis!
Oct-30-05  hintza: <I shall post some more of my analysis when I have time (if you want me to).> Yes, please do! :)
Oct-30-05  knightsillver: what in the world????
14. Ng5?????????
total loser
Oct-30-05  knightsillver: These guys are total losers
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  chancho: <knightsillver> So you're the new troll in town eh?
Oct-30-05  Open Defence: <Knightsilver> you forgot about 16Nxe6??? LOL
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  chancho: <Open Defense> You also? NOOOOOOOOO!!!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 5.c3 is much too quiet a move compared with 5.Bc4 or 5.Ng5, but Bronstein could shun the main lines and defer activity until the middlegame because he had a gift for finding complexities in even the most calm positions. 10.Ne5 gets out of the book and forces Black to think--which was always a good way to defeat me, so I have to approve of White's methods.
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  HeMateMe: "Zurich" is a great book. I played through a lot of the book/games when I was a young guy getting into chess.
Aug-18-14  nansen: fantastic game!
Aug-18-14  sfm: It is always a bit funny when somebody plays a move to prevent a feared move from the opponent - and the feared move is then played anyway.

3 consecutive night moves, all to 'covered' squares.
The quiet move 21.fxg is very hard to see. Black is a piece up, but he must lose it. But I wonder if 29.-,cxd would give better chances?

Aug-18-14  King Radio: 29...cxd is just as's king is totally hemmed in, and a rook swap is no help. Great game from Bronstein.
Aug-18-14  catlover: I guess the Trojan Horse pun refers to the two knights hanging at the beginning of move 17.
Aug-18-14  Castleinthesky: Bronstein creates another piece of artwork. Even at move 13, before the fireworks, the game looks lost for Black. White has his pieces perfectly centralized and lined up for a brutal king side attack. At no point does Black seize the initiative from White. Great pun and great game!
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  Penguincw: Amazing game. 14.Ng5, 15.Ng6 16.Nxe6 and 17.f5 all leave a knight(s) hanging, yet black can't (or rather shouldn't) take them.
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