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Boris Spassky vs David Bronstein
Amsterdam Candidates (1956), Amsterdam NED, rd 12, Apr-18
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E80)  ·  1-0



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Jan-28-03  refutor: i was speaking about overly optimistic players in a different post, but bronstein's evaluation of the position after Nxf1 is overly optimistic. you could play this game out 100 times and i don't think that bronstein would beat spassky once
Jan-28-03  refutor: actually i take that back...apparently the position after 10. ... Nxf1 is well known and i'm just flaunting my ignorance. i will have to study some of Black's wins such as Spycher Bernard vs Jeroen Piket, 1986 and Schienmann Bruno vs Jeroen Piket, 1987 and T Ernst vs Lind Jan-Olov, 1990
Jan-23-04  Helloween: Yes, Black has very immense compensation with the 2 Bishops and 2 pawns for the Queen, plus White's King being stuck in the centre. Yasser Seirawan even talks about him drawing easily with the Black pieces against Kasparov in one of his books. According to my database, White wins 40% of the games, Black wins 30% and 30% are drawn.
Jan-31-04  Everett: The most interesting thing here is that Bronstein was the first to ever play this variation! He put it on the map!
Sep-10-04  Resignation Trap: In the Russian tournament bulletin of this tournament, Goldberg states that, instead of the routine recapture 20...Bxf5, Bronstein missed the opportunity to play 20...Ne7! If then 21. fxg6 Nf5 22. gxh7+?? Kh8! and Black has a winning attack: 23. Qe1 Nd3 24 Qd2 Nh4+ 25. Kg3 Rg8+.

In this line, on the better 22. Qe1 Nd3 23. Qd2 Nh4+ 24. Kg3 Nf5+ gives Black an easy draw.

If Bronstein wanted more than a draw, he could also try (instead of 21...Nf5) 21...Nxg6, with the idea of playing ...c7-c6, opening up more lines.

Apr-14-05  allanon880: Excellent play by Spassky. He still could not compare to Bobby Fischer.
Apr-14-05  RookFile: Playing over this, I think this is
a very interesting game. Great
idea by Bronstein.

See below for another good game:

Kasparov vs Seirawan, 1989

Apr-23-05  Everett: Bronstein's only loss against the Samisch, according to the database.
Mar-15-09  WhiteRook48: of course, what would have led him into this sacrificing-the-queen variation is pretty strange
Jun-27-09  Everett: <WhiteRook48> Fantasy! Something different!
Apr-11-10  DrGridlock: In his book, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Bronstein gives some insight into the opening choice for this game.

"Spassky came to this tournament only hours after having become the new Junior World Champion. I decided to play a sharp game. ... We have played many fine games but I never managed to win and I know why. I always tried to disrupt his logical play right from the opening. It worked against others such as Botvinnik but it failed against Spassky!"

Sep-28-11  DrMAL: Very creative try by Bronstein I guess at least against Spassky it was maybe better to play 9...Qe7 and get battle through kings castled on opposite sides. Draw before 22...Nc5?!
Mar-30-13  Rick360: This is my first exposure to this variation (I'm "club level" strength, btw) and I'm not sure I could ever get comfortable playing the White side of this chaotic line.
Mar-30-13  Jim Bartle: I've played against this with white. It's really tough to break through, especially with all 8 black pawns on their original files.
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  perfidious: <Jim> Funny, the things one remembers: in one of many battles with Jean Hebert at the Friday night blitz events at Montreal's former Specialiste d'Echecs many years ago, he played the queen sacrifice. I didn't manage to break through, and Jean untangled and won.
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  saffuna: In "Sorcerer's Apprentice" Bronstein points out how black could improve in a game between Rhodes and Learner at the 1965 Hastings club championship. That game varies with 12. Ke2 Nc2 13. Rc1 Nd4+ 14.

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  saffuna: Bronstein after 30...Nxd5:

"Black originally sacrificed his queen to obtain the pair of bishops. All that now remains are two knights!"

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