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Viktor Korchnoi vs David Bronstein
USSR Championship (1952), Moscow URS, rd 17, Dec-24
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Canal Variation (C50)  ·  0-1



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Jul-16-03  aulero: <>, this game and the following "Korchnoi vs Bronstein, 1952" are the same.

The final position is a winning one for Black not for White.

Sep-18-05  filipecea: Ugly opening choice by korchnoi in this game..
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  HeMateMe: after move 17 whites double isolated pawns just look butt ugly. Easy targets.
Jun-23-11  SimonWebbsTiger: the Chameleon Trap

Here there is the move 6...N-QR4, which I took the risk of trying out against Korchnoi; it was very little known in theory at that time and completely untested in practice....

But I practically had no choice: Korchnoi, previous to our game, had crushed one opponent after another with the standard 6...P-KR3 7. BxN QxB 8. N-Q5 etc.

Not so long ago, when Korchnoi had already become a serious contender for the world chess crown, I happened to ask him: 'Why don't you play the Two Knights' anymore these days?' The grandmaster looked at me in amazement and muttered: 'Because of 6...N-QR4, of course. You mean to say you didn't know that yourself?...'

[An extract of one of the many amusing game introductions from "200 Open Games" by Bronstein (Batsford 1974).]

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  Honza Cervenka: 40...Re2+ 41.Rxe2 fxe2 42.Kd2 (or 42.Nd3 Be4 43.Kd2 Bxd3 -+) 42...Bf3 43.Nd3 Rd6 44.Rc3 e4 -+ was winning instantly.

42.Kc3 could have been better.

Feb-01-21  Ulhumbrus: In his book <Chess is my life> Korchnoi says < ...Take the game with Bronstein, for instance. Up till then I had always played 1 e4 and, in the event of 1...e5, the Italian game or the Evans gambit. Against him, out of timidity, I played the solid 4 d3. We played six moves ccording to the book 4 d3 Nf6 5 Nc3 d6 6 Bg5, but then Bronstein played something new to me (6...Na5), and I sensed that White (!) was faced with serious difficulties. I lost this game, and from then on gave up playing the Italian game and gradually gave up 1 e4 altogether>

One feature worth noting is that Bronstein makes no attempt to undouble his f pawn by preparing the advance ...f6-f5.

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