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Giorgio Porreca vs David Bronstein
Belgrade (1954), Belgrade YUG, rd 10, Nov-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  0-1



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Apr-11-07  nescio: As a whole this game isn't very interesting, but it will be remembered for a long time because of only one move: 11...Bg8! looks completely batty at first sight, but when you see the logic behind it, it is esthetically (is this an English word? Well, I'll risk it) very pleasing.
May-07-09  Jim Bartle: Apparently the purpose 11...Bg8 is to be able to play ...e6 without white sacrificing a piece and opening lines.
May-10-09  Brown: The nice touch to this game is the position after black's 15th.

Bronstein felt he had a superior ending when he played 24..Qf4, and he made his minor piece do more work in the ending.

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  perfidious: <Jim Bartle: Apparently the purpose 11...Bg8 is to be able to play ...e6 without white sacrificing a piece and opening lines.>

Very much so, in the style of Nimzowitschian overprotection.

As a beginner, I remember seeing this in Euwe's work on the middlegame and thinking how odd a move 1....Bg8 was, but it worked very well indeed. Once White was deprived of his plan to play against e6, he lost his way and was outplayed.

It is ironic that, despite a number of Bronstein's pawns being fixed on the same colour squares as his opponent's bishop, this was no detriment; White was unable to attack either b7 or f7.

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  zydeco: 11....Bg8 brings black out of an awkward opening position and then Bronstein finds the same formula as he did in two earlier games at the same tournament (E Joppen vs Bronstein, 1954 and E Nievergelt vs Bronstein, 1954), trade a bishop for a knight, trade queens and outplay his opponent in the endgame. Here white collapses quickly. Probably 25.Ne4 is the culprit: afterwards, white can't get organized to defend the h5 pawn.
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