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Karen Grigorian vs David Bronstein
USSR Championship (1972), Baku URS, rd 16, Dec-11
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Spassky Variation (D87)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-26-13  csmath: Bronstein great tactician had some really bad days.

Brostein plays excellent opening (at that time still testing ground) but misses

16. ... Bxd5
17. exd5 Nc4
18. Bc4 (the only move) bxc4
19. Bxg7 (the only move) Kxg7

and black is clean pawn up. Logical continuation:

20. Qd3 Ne5!
21. Qe3 c4

and black is clearly in the driving seat, likely winning.

Then again

20. ... Qe5?!

while the serious advantage is (sort of computer move):

20. ... Nc4!!
21. Qxe4 (else the queen will face f5) b5!

and white position is crumbling.

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  perfidious: <csmath: Bronstein great tactician had some really bad days.....>

Had he played perfectly, there would be those ready to favour us with fanciful nonsense as to his play being computer-like.

Jun-26-13  csmath: And then again after

28. a4? (unprepared advance) Ra5
29. Nc3? (natural but losing) Rfc8
30. Qb4

Bronstein misses winning blow

30. ... Rf5!

white is completely tied up and with bad first rank. While in winning advantage Bronstein misses yet again

This move is decisive:
33. ... Rg5! (not too hard to see)

with fatal attack. Yet Bronstein goes for repetition, probably due to lack of time.

Jun-26-13  csmath: <Had he played perfectly, there would be those ready to favour us with fanciful nonsense as to his play being computer-like.>

He surely was a great attacker but in this game he repeatedly missed to get into winning position and settled for repetition in (likely) winning position.

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