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Gerard Welling vs David Bronstein
KBSB league (1996), ?
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Modern Variation (A01)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Aug-13-08  PKNJ: From the chessvibes.com website:

"In 1996, Welling played against Bronstein in the Belgian League and put 1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 on the board. 'Here Bronstein thought for more than half an hour and then played 2…Nc6. After the game, I asked him why, and he gave me the answer: "I know that it’s a risky move but I desired an interesting game. Of course Black can draw with 2…d6."'

Welling continues: 'He was far less talkative than the first time. He told me he had been to his birth town not long before, and he had spoken to a local farmer. This man asked him straight away what purpose chess has, and what useful thing David had done during his life. David Bronstein kept on pondering about that. Even when I said to him a lot of people had enjoyed his chess games, and he had a lot of friendships he’d never had if he would have stayed in his birth town. It did not really help ...'

So at a later age, Bronstein himself toned down both his great books and his great play. With all the respect we can bring, we chess players ‘know better’ and will never forget him. 5 December 2006 is the day the game of chess lost one of its most beautiful pieces."

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