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Alexander Kotov vs David Bronstein
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 9, Sep-13
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Fianchetto (E67)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-10-03  Rookpawn: Bronstein wrote that a possible variation for White was: 38. Rcb1 Rxb7 39. axb7 Rb8 40. Ra8 Qd8 41. Bxg5 f6 42. Rxb8 Qxb8 43. Be3 Bc8 44.Ba7 Qxb7 45. Rxb7 Bxb7 46. Bb8.
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  plang: The standard play was 9..Nc5 and 10..a5; 9..a6 was a bit unusual. Bronstein did not follow through with 11..b5 because after 12 cxb..axb 13 Nb4 White is better. 15 a4 seems odd positionally as after 15..a5! it is much more difficult for White to achieve the c5 break. Bronstein was critical of 24..Ndf6 recommending 24..Nc5 instead. 34 Qxb7 would have been met by 34..Nxg3 35 fxg..Bxe3 36 Bxe3..Qf1+ 37 Kh2..Kg7. 37 a6 was forced because after 37 Qc6..g5 White would have been lost. Bronstein should have taken the draw with 37..Rxb7 38 axb..Rb8 39 Ra8..Qd8 40 Rc8!..Rxc8 41 Rxc8..Qxc8 42 bxc..Bxc8. Kotov missed the winning continuation 38 Rcb1!..Re8 39 a7..Kh7 40 Qc6 which leads to a gain of a tempo over the game continuation. Bronstein missed 54..Qd3 55 Ne3..Qd2+ winning and then again a move later when 55..Kg5 would also have led to a win.
Aug-08-21  Bycotron: After black's 16th move, he has made 4 rook moves and his rooks sit on the same squares as required by zero moves.

After black's 20th move, he has moved his knights 6 times and they stand on squares they could have reached in 2 moves, and in fact after all this hopping they're right back on the same squares they were on after black's 6th move.

8 wasted tempi in 20 moves and a rich, beautiful game followed. Everything I know about chess is a lie.

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