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David Bronstein vs Gideon Stahlberg
Zuerich Candidates (1953), Zuerich SUI, rd 22, Oct-10
Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation (D37)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-08-20
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  plang: 10 h4!?, a rarely played alternative to 10 Bg5, had first been played in the short draw Gligoric-Stahlberg 1952 Helsinki Olympiad. Bronstein's original idea had been 12 g4 but he reconsidered due to the response 12..Nc7 but still after 13 Bf5 he would have had some positional edge; instead after 12 0-0-0?! Black had no problems. 14 Kb1 was a more ambitious attempt than 14 Bf5 as played by Gligoric in the 1952 game. One of the ideas behind 22..f5 was 23 exf..Rxf6 24 f4..Re8 25 Re2..Rxf4!. 31 Qd1 would have been better saving the h-pawn with equality. Bronstein thought that White's best chance would have been the surprising king march b3-c4-d5; instead his passive defense led to Black slowly increasing his advantage. White sacrificed a second pawn with 46 a4 keeping control of c4 so Black could not exchange queens with a check on that square.

Naroditsky pointed out the following line: 54..g4 55 Qd6..Rb7 56 Qd2..Qxb2+ 57 Qxb2..Rxb2 and now not 58 Kxb2..Kf8 59 Re2..g3 and Black wins but instead 58 Re4!..g3 59 Rg4+..Kf6 60 Rxg3..Rh2 (60..Rh2 61 Rh3..Rg2 62 Rh6+..Ke7 63 Kb3 is drawn) 61 Kb3..Kxe6 and Vancura's Position is reached which is drawn. Still this would have been Black's best chance as after 54..Rxe6 55 Qc7+..Qf7?! (55..Kg6 would have offered better chances) 56 Qc3+ White's queen controlled e1 (preventing an incusion by the Black rook) and the game ended in a perpetual.

Mar-08-20
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  Honza Cervenka: After 54...g4 55.Qd6 Rb7 56.Qd2 black can play 56...Kf8.
Mar-08-20
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  plang: True - and Naroditsky pointed that out but I think he was wondering how many White players would find 58 Re4!.
Mar-09-20  Olavi: Having arrived at that position, very many would find 58.Re4, clearly the only chance. But presented with the position after 54...g4 - not as easy...

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