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David Bronstein vs Isaac Boleslavsky
Budapest Candidates (1950), Budapest HUN, rd 7, Apr-22
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-01-05  Resignation Trap: These two friends and adversaries repeated the first 16 moves in the first game in their playoff match: Bronstein vs Boleslavsky, 1950 .

As these two rivals eventually tied for first in this tournament, Botvinnik was obviously paying close attention. Here's what he had to say: "Grunfeld Defense. Open variation. Played Alexey Sokolsky 's 14. d5. 'Br' had then not yet found Kh1 and played Nd4 after ...Qb6+. Gained some advantage, but feebly and impudently played h4. After a series of exchanges they reached an equal endgame, which 'Br' unsuccessfully tried to win. Agreed to a draw after resumption, when Boleslavsky was now a pawn up. Does this mean, as soon as he stands a little worse, he immediately offers a draw? Even so a cunning game. But why not calmly play 14. Qa4 instead of 14. d5?"

Sep-01-05  WMD: Do you want to tell a little more about Botvinnik's notebooks?
Sep-01-05  Resignation Trap: <WMD> Botvinnik kept a notebook for himself while preparing for the 1951 match vs. Bronstein. They were never intended to be seen by the public, but the notes appear in the recent book about the 1951 Botvinnik-Bronstein match (which I recommend).

I decided to pair Botvinnik's summaries of each game with the scores (which aren't in the book) of the games on the database. They start here: Game Collection: Bronstein's Run .

This may be a useful learning tool: you can play through the games, make your own observations, and then compare evaluations with those by Botvinnik.

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  tamar: Thanks <Resignation Trap> That's a great service.

Bronstein probably had no idea he was being scrutinized so closely and critically by the World Champion.

Botvinnik seems about to dismiss him entirely with this comment:

"Gained some advantage, but feebly and impudently played h4."

But in the same note, he catches himself with "Even so a cunning game."

I wonder if Garry had a similar notebook for his opponents.

Sep-01-05  iron maiden: Very interesting food for thought.
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  Gypsy: < Bronstein probably had no idea he was being scrutinized so closely and critically by the World Champion.>

Here is what Bronstain writes (200 Open Games): "Whilst preparing for my match for the world championship in 1951 I just could not discover for myself the secret of Botvinniks's continuous run of successes. On the other hand, I was lucky enough to find out something more important: the plan for my own play in the forthcomming duel. After studying more than a hundred of the world champion's games, I took an important decision: at all cost, and nothwistanding the obvious risk, to improvise tirelessly at the board."

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  Everett: <to improvise tirelessly at the board>

A credo he seemed to take on for the rest of his colorful and creative chess life.

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