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Viktor Korchnoi vs David Bronstein
USSR Championship (1959), Tbilisi URS, rd 4, Jan-14
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern. Knight Defense (D51)  ·  1-0



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Mar-22-04  ughaibu: Another one for blunder collectors.
Sep-18-05  filipecea: 31.d4?? quite shocking for a Bronstein game..
It seems that black's plan with 29.0-0-0 was to push the d-pawn ahead or to open the d-file with the chance to double his rooks at it, but he simply overlooked Qxf5+ like a real patzer!
Nov-22-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: normally i don't critize GM'S,i'm not qualified.............but.....this kinda looks like one of my games,and i know i'm a patzer
Oct-10-09  WhiteRook48: I don't know after 31 Qxa5 white seems to be winning anyway
Mar-12-12  springer: Would be very instructive to finding out why Bronstein did such a gross mistake. Maybe a psychological or parapsychological force came into play.
Mar-12-12  Mudphudder: Wooooowwww, good to know we're all mortals. I wonder how long Bronstein thought before making this move...LOL.
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  Fusilli: painful
May-18-15  sakredkow: Apart from the final blunder I thought White's sac of his g-pawn was pretty interesting. I can't figure out why Bronstein felt the need to return it with 28...c5.
Oct-18-16  zydeco: <sakredkow> It is an interesting sacrifice. White ends up with an easy plan, piling pressure on the g-file, while it's hard for black to castle on either wing and a5 is a bad weakness. Bronstein's plan makes sense: to play ....0-0-0 and push ...d4, getting play on the c-file. ....d4 is really the key to his counterplay, so he must have played it reflexively on move 31, forgetting that white's pawn was no longer on c5.
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  Korora: <It seems that black's plan with 29.0-0-0 was to push the d-pawn ahead or to open the d-file with the chance to double his rooks at it, but he simply overlooked Qxf5+ like a real patzer!>

Or maybe he accidentally brushed a finger against the ♙ while reaching for a different piece. I don't know.

Mar-07-20  RadioBoy: I believe that it's easier to miss horizontal threats than vertical threats. You are always going to see what your queen is attacking on a file, but not necessarily on a rank.

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