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David Bronstein vs Vladimir Alatortsev
USSR Championship (1945), Moscow URS, rd 18, Jun-28
King's Gambit: Accepted. Mason-Keres Gambit (C33)  ·  1-0



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Aug-24-05  Resignation Trap: Black misses 23...Bg3! 24.Qe3 Bf4! 25. Qxf4 Qxe2, when there's no defense to both ...Rxd2 and ...Nd3+. If instead of 25. Qxf4, White tries 25. Qc5, Black wins with 25...Qxe2 26. Bxf4 Qxf1 27. Qxd6+ Rxd6 28. Rxf1 Nd3+!

Alatortsev even had a second chance in this game: instead of 24...Qf2?, he should have played 24...Bf2! and on 25. Rf1 Bg3! with the same variations as the above note.

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  plang: One of Bronstein's 3 wins with the KG in this tournament though in this game he was lost at several points. Another example of how much opportunity there is for creativity in the KG. The line with 3 Nc3 is not mentioned in either of my two books on the KG. Bronstein quoted a piece of analysis by Carlos Torre: 5..Bg4+ 6 Nf3..Nc6 7 Nxc7+..Kd8 8 Nxa8..Ne5 9 Qe1..Nxf3 10 Qxh4..Nxh4+
11 Ke1 with an unclear position. Alatorsev avoided this and achieved a position where he had clear compensation for the pawn. Each player used 2 hours between moves 5-15 and they were both in awful time trouble at the end. Alatorsev was famous for getting into time trouble and, in fact, lost this game on time. Another missed win would have been exchanging rooks on move 29 and pushing the h pawn. Bronstein won several KG games by achieving novel positions at the board and then outplaying his opponent in the resulting complications. I have seen several writers note that the KG is not played today because it is "played out". I strongly disagree: there is a lot of uncharted territory here. Of course, it is a very risky opening for both players but I think a contemporary player who prepared well and was comfortable with the wild positions that arise could do quite well with it.

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