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David Bronstein vs Laszlo Szabo
Zuerich Candidates (1953), Zuerich SUI, rd 20, Oct-06
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Hübner Deferred (E50)  ·  1-0



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Aug-03-03  refutor: For Drukenknight : a good example of the strength of the bishop pair, look at the position after 20.Qxc6
Oct-28-13  zydeco: Exciting game! It's hard to resist 17.Nxc6, which might have been better than the game continuation.

35.e5 is pretty.

I like white's maneuver 31.Bc5-a3-c1-e3 getting back to the same square, losing a pawn in the process, but simplifying to the minor-piece endgame.

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  plang: The king bishop is usually placed on d3 in this variation; 6 Be2 leaving the d-file open was a new idea. After 10..Qe7 Bronstein obtained a clear advantage; he recommended 10..Qb6 instead giving up a pawn after 11 bxc..Bc5 12 Nd4. Bronstein missed the stronger 16 Nxc6 because he had overlooked that 16..Qg5 doesn't work due to 17 h4..Qxh4 18 Bxd5..exd 19 Qc3; still he had some advantage with 2 bishops in an open position. Szabo clearly underestimated Bronstein's pawn sacrifice 35 e5 opening up the diagonal for the kings bishop. 40..Kh8 would have been an improvement so as to answer 41 a6 with 41..e5. 43..Qc8 44 Bg4..f5 would have been a tougher defense.
Feb-26-18  Saniyat24: fantastic game, Szabo's defense looked impenetrable at one stage, Bronstein's two bishop gave him an edge, and the single a-pawn on the left side of the board became a monster, Szabo's only hope of getting his Queen in the middle was swapped away by Bronstein's 50.e7, and there's no escape square for the Knight, and Szabo also was on danger of a check...
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  tamar: Szabo's expression of disgust when Bronstein replied 44 Bf7! to 43...Qg8 would have been worth the price of admission.

But even after the better 43...Qc8 Bronstein could demonstrate the value of the bishop with 44 Bg4 f5 45 Be2 Kh7 46 h4 Qe8 47 Be5 Bc7 (this fails to a tactic, but Black's pieces have so few moves that it is only a matter of how he loses) 48 Bxg7 Kxg7 49 Qc3+ Kf8 50 Qxc7 Qe7 51 Qc1 Nf7 52 Qc8+ Nd8 53 Qb8 Qd7 54 Qb2 Nf7 55 Bh5 Qd8

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With White's pieces sweeping the board, the win will come when the bishop is on f3 and the queen on e3 when it is impossible to defend both wings with the short range knight.

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