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David Bronstein vs Savielly Tartakower
Saltsjobaden Interzonal (1948), Stockholm SWE, rd 19, Aug-14
Caro-Kann Defense: General (B10)  ·  1-0



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Apr-10-04  morphyvsfischer: Here's a random note from yours truly;):

After 20 Rad1, a spectator knocked off the pieces of the board and attacked Bronstein. The spectator was a Lithuanian who had a grudge against the Soviet Union (side note: I'd hate to be him). All games were halted while the police booted out the spectator.

This spectator must have forseen what the Soviets would do to chess! Is he even smarter than Einstein?

Apr-21-05  paladin at large: This is a very pretty positional win by Bronstein, starting as early as 9. e6 whereby he weakens Black's pawns and unsettles the Black king. White's position gets better and better and is so strong going into the ending, though still a pawn down, he has no difficulty winning.
Jul-22-05  Resignation Trap: Botvinnik in his notebook: "'Br' was forced to play e5-e6, but gained a good position a pawn down. Got cold feet and played for an endgame, almost equal, which Tartakower contrived to lose in two moves."
Jul-26-05  Resignation Trap: This was Bronstein's last game at the Interzonal. For his next tournament, go to: Game Collection: Bronstein at the 16th USSR Championship .
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  Everett: It's too bad Botvinnik didn't give specific variations on improvements in this one, as he has been shown to be not quite perfect in his assessments in his notebook on Bronstein.

Resignation Trap, are the notes available somewhere?

Feb-07-13  jerseybob: If black had seen was coming, he might've played 7..e5!?
Feb-07-13  Nerwal: No idea about Botvinnik's notes, but the sequence 26. a4 ♖c5 27. e4 b5 28. a5 ♗d8 looks dreadful. After 31. ♘a6 black is lost, obviously.
Feb-07-13  jerseybob: I'm guessing that the two moves Botvinnik is referring to(in Resignation Trap's post) are the moves 23..Rd5!? and 25..Rb5?? The first move was second-best, the second an outright blunder. 23..Bf6, to shield an entry by the black king, looks very tough for white to crack.
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  Tabanus: Bill Wall on

<In 1948, grandmaster David Bronstein (1924-2006) survived an assassination attack during the first chess Interzonal in Saltsjobaden, Sweden. On the last day, Bronstein was playing Tartakower when, suddenly, a Lithuanian made a lunge at Bronstein to kill him. Several spectators grabbed the would-be assassin. The attempted killer wanted to murder a Russian because he claimed the Russians were responsible for sending his sister to Siberia and murdering her.>

Exaggerated, perhaps? The newspapers probably reported it.

Jan-29-14  jerseybob: Tabanus: Where is the possible exaggeration, in the man's claim or in the reportage of the incident? Whether the attacker's allegation about his sister is true or not, countless Displaced Persons who landed in Soviet hands after WW2 did meet horrible fates. And the man's "solution"? Horribly misguided, as if a Ukrainian Jew, himself under the Soviet boot, is to blame for the Gulag.
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  Tabanus: <jerseybob> I meant in the reportage only. I've now read "Dagens Nyheter", the episode is mentioned: they had to guide away a spectator "who've had too much refreshments". But that newspaper might not tell the whole story.
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  plang: Played in the last round; it was this game that allowed Bronstein to win the tournament. I have an extensive opening library but it can't compete with Tartakower; 2..d6 was already new. 3..Nf6 would have better limited White's options. 7..Bg6 worked out poorly; 7..e6 was an alternative. After 13 Bh5! it was already clear that Bronstein had won the opening battle. 25..Rd6 would have been better; the rook was misplaced on the queenside. 27..a5 would not have worked after 28 Kd3!..axb 29 cxb and the rook would have been trapped.
Nov-02-18  Boomie: <I have an extensive opening library but it can't compete with Tartakower>

When asked who his favorite player was, Brostein picked Tartakower. I'm not sure why. Perhaps because Tartakower was the consummate professional chess player.

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  perfidious: It might very well have been because, like Tartakower, Bronstein had a love for the unconventional.
Oct-02-21  Defrogger: What a game! Tactical jousting right from 19. Ke2 to 33. Nb8 .. threat followed by counterthreat. Playing through Bronsteins games Is such a joy
Dec-05-22  Ninas Husband: Assassination attempt, eh? Why hasn't Oliver Stone made a movie about THIS? :)

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