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David Bronstein vs Oleksandr Sulypa
"Late Bron's Age" (game of the day Jun-25-2010)
Chess XV vs Le Mans (1996), Paris, France, Jan-13
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  1-0



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Nov-09-08  Kareem: 31-dxe7 is amazing and controversial !
Jul-30-09  regi sidal: this game needs more attention
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  Everett: A little late-career magic from Bronstein
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  Once: One for the connoisseur. In return for his queen, Bronstein gets rook and minor piece plus open lines and the attack. Meanwhile, the black Bg7 is a useless fat pawn which is destined to be pinned and won.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Old lions still have their bite. How appropriate that Bronstein chose a variation named after two other creative geniuses.
Jun-25-10  TheRavenPK: Also nice pun, I guess it has something with LeBron's age in NBA :)
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  Benzol: <TheRavenPK> <Also nice pun, I guess it has something with LeBron's age in NBA>

And here I was thinking it was something to do with the Bronze Age.


Jun-25-10  mistreaver: 17.Nb1 you really have to be Bronstein to play it
Jun-25-10  YoungEd: Hi, <mistreaver>: I was struck with 17.♘b1, too. I would have played ♖c1 without thinking too much, figuring I needed the open file. But if you think about it, the white ♘ doesn't have much of anywhere to go unless it re-enters through the c3 square. Very instructive game from Bronstein.
Jun-25-10  David2009: A lovely combination by Bronstein:

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(Brontein v Sulypa 1996, 31?) but after 31.dxe7 Bxf3 32.gxf3 Qe8 33.Bxa5 Qxe7 34.Bxb6, 34... h5 seems to have been a mistake. The immediate 34...Qe2 is harder to break down and I have not found a win against Crafty using the next link:

Fellow kibitzers may be able to do better: good luck and enjoy trying.

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  kevin86: Today it would it is LeBron's Age. lol

White squirms out of having all pieces en prise to win it.

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  Jimfromprovidence: 37...g5!? looks very interesting.

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If 38 a6, black has 38...gxh4. If 39 a7, then 39...h3+.

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White probably has to take the h3 pawn and black can now try to get a perpetual with 40...Qxf3+.

On the other hand, after 37...g4 38 hxg5, then 38...h4, below, leaves black with the same 39...h3+ threat.

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  scormus: Great enterprising chess by the Old Master. Played it like a young gun. Surely (I thought) he wasnt going to play 31 dxe7 .... but he did!
Jun-25-10  WhiteRook48: very weird game
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  chrisowen: Stone the crows sac the queen. Skirt around me tally the pieces, white fashions a crude battering ram gathers the bishop g7. Rooks jiggery pokery saw off end dealing Rd7 a tin can alley enfolding the king. Black is melting the giant mistake g5 David slings his arm and hammer like the bright sparkle he is. Looking astern draw Qb5 bends it in?
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  kamalakanta: why not 32...bxc5?
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  kamalakanta: if 32...bxc5 33. Bxa5 Kf7 34.Rd8 Qc6 35.e8 (Q)+ Qxe8 36.Rxe8 Kxe8 37. Bb6 Kd7 seems to hold, no?
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  kamalakanta: or even 37.Bb6 Bf8 38.a5 Kd7
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  Everett: Bronstein discussing his 31st move in Secret Notes: <"Initially I simply wanted to play 31.Qg3 Re8 32.d7 Rd8 33.Qc7 bxc5 34.Bxa5 when I suddenly saw a splendid combination with a queen sacrifice.">

... <"It was only later, one evening in Moscow, when I suddenly realized that all my brilliancy had been in vain. The problem could have been solved in one move: 31.Qxd5+!...>

He also mentions this game when discussing the potential of giving himself a weak pawn on c3 after 12.Nc3 Bronstein vs I Bilek, 1957

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  OhioChessFan: 32...Qe8 is horrible. Kf7 and Black is fine.

31. Qxd5 Qxd5 32. dxe7 is the winning line.

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  OhioChessFan: I see now that <Everett> quoted Bronstein about 31. Qxd5

<kama: if 32...bxc5 33. Bxa5 Kf7 >

33. Bh6 and game over

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  OhioChessFan: Well, I tried 32...Qe8 in Fritz and he says 0.00 so it isn't awful. I think <David> may be right about the subsequent 35...h5 when 35...Qe2 looks all right for Black.
Mar-18-14  tranquilsimplicity: Even at 72 years of age Bronstein's style of play was as effervescent as ever!

Long live creative Chess.#

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