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David Bronstein vs Vladimir Simagin
URS-ch sf 15th (1946), Leningrad URS
Slav Defense: Schlechter Variation (D15)  ·  1-0



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Jun-23-08  carolus: It is surprising that this game has not been kibitxed yet. In an article 30 years ago, Bronstein proclaimed this game the most fantastic he had ever played.
Jun-23-08  najdorfman: Good point carolus! I have not seen Bronstein's analysis of this game. It would appear that Black's first big mistake was 24...Qb8?? when 24...Qd8! seems to preserve a clear advantage for Simagin. Then 25. Qh6 is calmly met by 25...Kg8 and the e7-square is sufficiently defended. 26. b4 Ne6 . Or if instead 25. b4 Ne6 26. Nxe7 Bxe7 27. Qxd7 Qxd7 28. Rxd7 Rc4 . Later on, 28...Qb6?? is terrible. 28...Qh2 would have prolonged the game considerably, although Bronstein at that point would have a clear advantage with 29. Qxg6+ Kf8 30. Qg5.
Jun-26-08  carolus: Bronstein published his comments under "A story of a game" 1970 and mentioned that he and Simagin sat up different positions from the game whenever they met during many years. Itīs a lot of possibilities in almost every move. Bronstein pointed out 13. Dxd8 Rxd8 14. Bxe7 Nxf3+ 15. gxf3 Rd4 16. Bxf7+ Kxf7 17. Bxc5 Nd5 Bg4 as interesting. In the game you also have 17.--- Bc6 18. Rad1 Bxd5 19. Bxd5 Kg7 20. Bxb7 Rb8 21. Ld5 with equal position. And again, Bronstein had many deep analysis when he described the story about this game.
Nov-13-09  DrGridlock: <najdorfman: Good point carolus! I have not seen Bronstein's analysis of this game. It would appear that Black's first big mistake was 24...Qb8?? when 24...Qd8! seems to preserve a clear advantage for Simagin.>

This game is one of the "highlights" of "Sorcerer's Apprentice," with annotations by both Botvinnik and Bronstein. It's curious it has not generated more kibbitzing. Bronstein's comments after Black's 24 .. Qb8 are:

"As Simagin is convinced that his previous calculations are perfect, he abandons the pawn on e7 by retreating his Queen to b8. Obviously Black is certian that the variation Qh6 Bxh2+, Kh1 Be5, Nxe7 Bg7, Qxh7 Qb6 will lead to a better position for Black. But the pawn on e7 is the gate to the black King's fortress and the decision to abandon this pawn wihtout a fight is wrong. While the move 24 ... Qb8 spoils Black's position, the ungainly-looking retreat to d8 guarantees Black at least a draw and White has no better than to strive for a peaceful conclusion."

Mar-24-10  rune ohlsson: Oh, my dear - an absolut fantastic game!
Bronstein himself said later that if he had played the game between 1946-1970 he had probably tried 20. f4 and if Black answer with -- Nc5 it can blow up to a gale with 21. Qd4+ Kg8 22. Rxe7 Bxe7 23. Bxe7 Rxe7 24. Nf6+ Kf8 25. Nxh7+ and so on.

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