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Mark Taimanov vs David Bronstein
Tallinn (1975), Tallinn URS, rd 4, Feb-??
English Opening: King's English Variation. Reversed Closed Sicilian (A25)  ·  0-1



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Jul-12-06  suenteus po 147: Excellent play by Bronstein. There's always something about his games: Not only are his move beautiful and cool, but they often make sense and the reasoning behind them is discernable.
Dec-11-10  wordfunph: story behind this game..

in his Chess Life & Review August 1975 column, GM William Lombardy stated:

Before this game Bronstein told me, "Taimanov is a very difficult player. I know how he is going to beat me. First, he will put his rook behind his b-pawn, then he will put his KB on the long diagonal, and finally, he will push his b-pawn to open the line and enter at b7! Then he will win easily!" True to his prediction, Bronstein defended against that plan by fianchettoing his QB! He produced one of the neatest wins of the tournament.

Apr-04-12  Everett: Black's DSB takes up residence on d5 from move 17 on, really controlling things from this high-blockade square.

In the end Taimanov cannot avoid the exchange of queens, allowing Bronstein to promote a pawn undisturbed.

Apr-04-12  DrGridlock: What is a <DSB>?
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  sbevan: <DrGridlock: What is a <DSB>?>

<DSB> = Dark Square Bishop.

As compared with
<LSB> = Light Square Bishop

Apr-04-12  DrGridlock: Dark Square Bishop was my first guess, but it didn't seem to fit this game.

On my chessboard, d5 is a light square.

Is it a testimony to Bronstein's magic that he got his DSB to d5?

Studying Bronstein's technique might also help in converting those drawish bishops-of-opposite-color endings into something where one side can win.

Apr-04-12  Shams: <DrGridlock> We've all hoped our bishops could switch polarities at one time or another, but this was just a typo from <Everett>.

Great game, and good backstory from <wordfunph>.

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  Penguincw: Mate or skewer, then promote, and mate eventually.
Apr-04-12  Everett: Hah! Seems I get the most responses when I make a mistake... Thank everyone for the correction...
Aug-14-12  Everett: Taimanov vs Bronstein, 1958

Perhaps Bronstein had this game in mind when deciding to change tack in this one

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Opposite-coloured Bs with Qs on is a Bronstein speciality. Compare Reshevsky vs Bronstein, 1953

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