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David Bronstein vs Viktor Korchnoi
Leningrad-Moscow (1962), Leningrad URS, rd 2, Nov-05
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Classical Defense (C83)  ·  1-0

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May-19-12  ajax333221: shouldn't the puzzle be 39.?
May-19-12  bachbeet: Wow! I saw the rook check, but really didn't see Rh6. What a terrific move! He definitely saw what it led to (loss of a Q). One of the best and seemingly bad moves (losing a rook) ever.
May-19-12
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  Jimfromprovidence: I remember this game from three years ago that featured quite an abrupt ending.

It's white to play, at move 21.


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Sutovsky vs E Inarkiev, 2009

May-19-12  JG27Pyth: I briefly considered Rh6 as follows, "after Rh8+ Kg6 I suppose white could play Rh6+, it's forcing but hahaha that's just ridiculous..."

Which is why I'm not known as the wizard of anywhere or as any sort of apprentice, except perhaps a plumber's apprentice but he's not even a union plumber. :(

May-19-12  mistreaver: Returning from tournament in which i scored only 50% and basically played like crap, let's try to ruin the slightest illusion about me as a good chess player. This puzzle looks pretty mind boggling.
The first moves are certainly:
38 Rh8+ Kg6
Because black threatens mate on the first rank.
And now White is at crossroads. Is he acctualy playing for a win, or fighting for a draw. I think it should be winnable, because black's king it so exposed. So white has two checks : at b6 or e8.
I am far more attracted to:
39. Qe8+ Qf7.
Black has to cover with queen, else he loses her majesty 39... Kf6? 40.Rf8+
39... Kg5? 40 Qh5 and again Rf8+
Now white breathes more freely.
40. Qe4+ (this looks strong)
Black has two options.
40.. Kf6? 41 Qf4+ and rook goes next move
40...Kg5 this looks better. Now Qe3+ is covered by Qf4. 41.Qe5+ Kxg4 (forced)
Now the winning sequence could be :
42 Qg3+ Kf5
43 Qf3+ Ke6
44 Qe3+ and takes the rook.
Hmm but what does white do after:
42... Kh5?
43. Qh3+ brings us nowhere.

Okay, i admit defeat, i found a draw, but not a win, i haven't moved my rook since first move, but don't have any clues.

May-19-12  BOSTER: A drawish signature.

When <CG Puzzles> open the beautiful world of imagination, where the chess is an art, and sacr. in chess as natural as a love, WCM open another side of the game.

Today, when most top players are fighting only for big stake, or for rating points,where the risk is almost forbidden, when most players searching only for the <precise> position , where every move was checked by engine, a <play> really doesn't exist.

Untill now both men in WCM didn't produce some impressive games, dazzling the spectators by any brilliance.

Many players believe that all 12 games will draw. I guess that game 12 will be last in this battle for title, to prove <all, or nothing>. Even in this case <nothing> is good too.

May-19-12  polarx: <Jimfromprovidence> I got it. Just because you said something was there. So nice to suddenly see it. Finding this OTB must be awesome.
May-19-12
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  Honza Cervenka: < Alphonse1973: <Pretty much. I think I would also rate 23...Qg3!!! in S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 higher. I didn't list it last time because I've seen it so many times now that it seems almost a cliché, but it's still an astonishing move. (There are some stunning Qg6!!! moves, such as in Rossolimo vs P Reissmann, 1967, but they seem derivative after one has seen Marshall's game.) And then there's 31...Rxb2!!! in M Ortueta vs J Sanz, 1933. And <several> of the last moves in Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907. 19.Rf6!! in Fischer vs Benko, 1963 made a big impression when I first saw it, although now it doesn't seem that amazing. The nonchalant 72.Qe5!!! in Keres vs Fischer, 1962, leading to a position that one can scarcely believe is not a problem, is quite amazing. 24...Rxf4!!! in Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 is not too shabby. I also consider 18.Nc6!!!, which was played <against> Bronstein in Kholmov vs Bronstein, 1965, more memorable than Bronstein's Rxh6+ in the present game.> I've just seen your post now, after I've posted a message with the suggestion S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912. I agree with 31...Rxb2!!! in M Ortueta vs J Sanz, 1933, but I would also add 17.R1xc6!!! (and 18.Rxf7!!!) [And subsequent moves: 21.Nh4!!! 22.Ng6!!! and 26.Bxh6!!!] in Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968>

36.Rc5!! from Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 is quite memorable shot too. And I like also 25.Be8!! in Reti vs Bogoljubov, 1924, 15.Rxd7+!! in Karpov vs Gulko, 1996, 32.Nf6!! in Timman vs Kasparov, 1985, 24.Rxd4!! in Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 and many others.

May-19-12  sevenseaman: <jimfromprovidence> Very nice. Its good to be able to remember or recall such nuggets.

21. Qa3+ and then 22. Re5 leaves Black Q only the harakiri option.

21. Qa3+ Kg1 22. Re5 Qxe5 23. fxe5 1-0

Would you be implying 21. Qa3+ or 22. Re5 hustle weren't very visible? I would agree if that.

May-19-12  Abdel Irada: Strength in weakness?

This theme took me some time to see, but once I eliminated all the other plausible lines of play, it finally stood forth. Obviously, white has to do something active, since he's threatened with mate on g2, and simply defending with 38. ♕g3? leads to an ending in which he's fighting for a draw after the simple 38. ...♕xg3+; 39. ♔xg3, ♖xb2.

This suggests the forcing 38. ♖h8+, ♔g6; 39. ♖xh6+!, when black can save king or queen, but not both.

(1) 39. ...♔xh6; 40. ♕h8+ and now:

(1.1) 40. ...♔g6; 41. ♕h5+, ♔f6; 42. g5+ and white picks up the queen through discovered attack;

(1.2) 40. ...♔g5; 41. ♕h5+ and black can transpose into line 1.1 with

(1.2.1) 41. ...♔f6; 42. g5+ or try

(1.2.2) 41. ...♔f4; 42. ♕f5+, ♔e3; 43. ♕xf3+.

(2) Black can capture the other way: 39. ...gxh6; 40. ♕g8+, ♔f6; 41. ♕f8+ and white again wins the queen.

Black can also decline the sacrifice with either of two lines:

(3) 39. ...♔g5; 40. ♕e5+, leaving black to choose either

(3.1) 40. ...♔xh6; 41. ♕h5# or

(3.2) 40. ...♔xg4; 41. ♖g6+, ♔h4; 42. ♕g5#

or

(4) {39. ...Kf7; 40. Qc7+, Kg8 (not 40. ...♔f8; 41. ♖h8#}); 41. ♕c8+, when

(4.1) 41. ...♕f8; 42. ♖h8+ loses the queen, and

(4.2) 41. ...♔f7; 42. ♕e6+, ♔f8; 43. ♖h8# loses the king.

In all of these lines, it is interesting to note the pivotal role of white's "weak" doubled and isolated pawn on g4.

May-20-12  PhilFeeley: <Alphonse1973> <Honza Cervenka> I'm surprised no one puts Fischer's 17...Be6!! in 1956 here. I like all your choices but surely Fischer's must be included in this group.
May-20-12
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  Honza Cervenka: <PhilFeeley: <Alphonse1973> <Honza Cervenka> I'm surprised no one puts Fischer's 17...Be6!! in 1956 here. I like all your choices but surely Fischer's must be included in this group.> As I have said there are many others and the "Game of the Century" is one of them, although I think that 17...Be6!! in D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956 was not such a bolt of blue and it led to quite long but very forced and easily calculated variation winning more than enough material for the Queen with continuing attack. That is why I think that 15...Nxf2!! from R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 is more worthy. Another example, which Bobby apparently liked a lot is 19.Qxf6+!! and 21.Bg7!! in Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
May-20-12
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  pawn to QB4: < I think that 17...Be6!! in D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956 was not such a bolt of blue> I agree, 17...Be6! isn't even the contender from that game, the extraordinary move was 11...Na4!

My suggestion is 25. Qa3! from Bronstein vs A Khasin, 1957. I'm told this is the only clearly winning move. Of course, I couldn't have found any of the moves on our list, but here's one which, even after seeing it demonstrated, I still can't understand.

Mar-11-13
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  AylerKupp: <Honka Cervenka> I agree on R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 but disagree on the move. 15...Nxf2 was necessary for what followed but it was foreseen by R.Byrne. 18...Nxg2!! is the move that R.Byrne described as the "shocker" and led to the completely unexpected win to everyone except Fischer and R.Byrne. And I never get tired of recommending <kingscrusher>'s video of the game, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S7_....
Apr-09-13  Conrad93: "Another very easy puzzle for saturday"
There is nothing easy about this move.
May-01-15  celtrusco: Genius.
May-01-15
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  offramp: Kipling said, "What knows he of Fischer that only Fischer knows?"
Jun-19-15  lmcooper: Lichess computer (lol) says 37 ...Qxf3 is a +6 blunder.

If you follow the game, Bronstein never loses the advantage, which makes the final move all the more satisfying.

Jun-19-15
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  perfidious: In the highest sense, Korchnoi's 37th is indeed a blunder, but retribution is most elegant and not at all easy to see.
Feb-19-17  Eduardo Bermudez: Quite significant that Bronstein had a favorable overall result in his games against Korchnoi and Keres !
Dec-12-18
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  HeMateMe: what a shot! White to move and win, move 39.

the real tricky part is the prep move, 35. Q-b6,which seemingly is an error, as it gives black a winning attack on the second rank.

Jul-27-19  SaitamaSeason2: 39. Rxh6+!! A poetic move by Bronstein.
Sep-13-20  AngeLa: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David...
Dec-24-20
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  Messiah: It's a pity this game is not amongst the notable games of Bronstein's page here on CG. As far as I know an algorithm calculates the most notable stuff - someone please create a pun, no matter how terrible it is, to let this game be present in the top list.
Feb-19-21
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  Bishoprick: Wow! Is that sneaky? Yes, it is! Wonderful!
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