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Miguel Najdorf vs David Bronstein
Budapest Candidates (1950), Budapest HUN, rd 14, May-07
King's Indian Defense: Pomar System (E72)  ·  0-1



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Jul-30-05  supertimchan: A good example how black explot good bishop vs bad bishop.
Jul-30-05  Resignation Trap: Botvinnik in his red notebook on Bronstein: "King's Indian along the lines of Botvinnik vs M Yudovich Sr., 1939 . 'Br' maneuvered subtly (with his pieces!!!), made Najdorf's head spin, gained a slight positional advantage, 'persuaded' his opponent to go into an endgame and, exploiting his opponent's errors despite an extremely simplified position, won on the 81st move! A typical Reshevsky-like game - perhaps the best that 'Br' produced in Budapest - but play without counter-chances!!!"
Jan-21-13  wordfunph: "I had an equal position all the time. I do not see where the turning point came."

- Miguel Najdorf

May-25-13  Naniwazu: In Pachman's <Modern Chess Strategy> the moves 28. Qxe5 dxe5 are given rather than 28. Qd2.
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  beatgiant: <wordfunph>
To me, the turning point looks like <43. e5>, an unnecessary weakening of the e-pawn.
Jun-04-13  zydeco: High-quality game with some unusual, difficult decisions.

I'm surprised Najdorf didn't triple Bronstein's pawns with 21.Bd4 Qe7 (or Qe8) 22.Bxc5 dxc5 23.Rd3 and then double rooks on the d-file.

25.e5 seems like the right move. I imagine Bronstein was preparing an exchange sacrifice: either 25....Bxe5 26.Bxe5 Qxe5 27.Bxa8 Rxa8 followed by ....Bc6 or 25....dxe5 26.Bxa8 Bxh3 followed by ....exf4.

In terms of anatomizing Najdorf's defeat, it's probably that he played unambitiously in the middlegame; accepted a passive endgame position with 34.Qxd4?!; and then got impatient with 43.e5?!

I would have had trouble resisting both 37....Rb2+ to drive the king back and 39....f5 40.Bd3 fxe4 41.Bxe4 Bxe4 42.Rxe4 d5 although white is probably in good shape after 43.Re5 dxc4 44.Rc5.

Pachman includes 27....Qe5! in Modern Chess Strategy to demonstrate the importance of good bishop v. bad bishop. Euwe includes the entire ending from 49....Rd2 in A Guide to Modern Chess Endings and seems to think it was played accurately (he doesn't suggest any improvements for either side).

May-08-17  edubueno: 21 Ad4?! axb3!; 22 axb3 Dxd4!
May-22-22  cehertan: 43.e5 was not really impatient. Black is already much better there with active rook and better bishop, and would otherwise have played Bd7 intending c5 and Be6. Really the whole ending offered only passive prospects for white and the root of his problems was further back in the opening. Bronstein was the first to really master the nuances of the KID and his superior feel led to victory here.

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