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Bent Larsen vs David Bronstein
Moscow (1962), Moscow URS, rd 12, Apr-??
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  1-0



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May-21-05  vonKrolock: {<41...Qb1> It seems, so far, that black profits from the two PP investment with efficient blockade of the passed white PP, control of key spots 'c4' and 'g4' and a Q pretty active, but...

<42.g4>!, <43.c4>! and the sequel <44.Ra3>!! changes the scene in a spectacular fashion

<46...Rf4> Maybe 46...f4!? was worth a try: a)47.Ra6? Qb3 48.Kh2 f3! and black is winning ; so b)47.Ra5 Kd4 48.Ra6 Qd3!? (but not 48...Qb3 49.Kh2 f3?? 50.Qd2 followed by Rd6 etc) 49.Qd3 cd 50.Rh6 Rg5 51.Kh4 Rd5 and the black pawns phalanx will at least regains the piece

May-21-05  vonKrolock: <51.Qe4> Larsen looks down to 51.Qh6 Qf3 52.Kh2 Qf2 etc with perpetual check...

<52...e2> ... and Bronstein misses the nice possibility 52...Kf3! - for instance, not 53.Rh6?? e2 54.Re6 c3! etc; better 53.Ra1 e2 54.b5! Ng4! (threat Nf2 and Nd1) 55.Rg1! Kf2 56.Rg2 Kf1 57.Re2 Ke2 58.b6 - white queens first, wins 'f5' and the endgame Q+P vs Q+N is probably drawn

<53...Kd3> Some interesting lines parts from 53...e1=N+!? 54.Kf1: one of the black NN would fall, and one of the white PP would Qs...}

<notes by zk - to be continued>

Sep-12-10  Everett: Wow, amazing game by both players. Bronstein sacs two pawns to create a mini fortress on the K-side, only to have Larsen sac a few more pawns to unleash his pieces. Great game.
Dec-26-10  Everett: <vonKrolock> There might be a win for Bronstein after <46..f4! 47.Ra5+ Kxd4 48.Ra6 Qd3+! 49.Qxd3 Kxd3 50.Rxh5 <Rg1!>>

Two tries for white are <51.Rd6+ Ke2 52.Bh4 f3> should win for black... and <51.Bg2 Rb1 52.Bc5 e3> may just bring home the point. Wow.

Mar-04-18  ewan14: Interesting
Oct-29-19  Retireborn: <vonKrolock>'s line 46...f4 47.Ra5+ Kxd4 48.Rxa6 Qd3+ 49.Qxd3+ cxd3 (49...Kxd3 apparently only draws) 50.Rxh6 Rg1! 51.Bf2+ e3 52.Bxg1 Ke5! leads to a fantastic position; White has two extra pieces and two passed pawns, but nevertheless it is the Black phalanx that wins!

Houdini gives 48.Ra3 instead of 48.Rxa6 as a good drawing chance.

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