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Bent Larsen vs David Bronstein
Las Palmas (1972), Las Palmas ESP, rd 6, Jun-04
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Classical Variation (A01)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-29-11  Everett: A shame that 23..Rxd3?! 24.Nxd3?? Nxg4! is ruined by 24.Rxe6.

Bronstein definitely has the advantage at that point. Perhaps the straightforward 23..Rde7 is best. Nit sure where be lost the thread here.

Apr-29-11  bronkenstein: A shame indeed , 23. ... Rxd3?? 24. Nxd3 ?? Nxg4 25. Rf4!? Ne5+ and white has no good reply it seems .

Interesthing that Bronstein played the game in somewhat dry , Karpovian way ( while Larsen did it in his trademark exotic style ) .

As of mistakes , first of them IMO came in time trouble (Knowing Bronstein, he HAD to be in it past move 30 xD ) , g6 takes away excellent square for a black rook , 32. ...Rd6 aiming to go to g6 or play h5 And keep on dancing between white´s weaknesses , exposed king and d3 pawn being atleast 2 of them .

Apr-29-11  bronkenstein: PS totally unforced queen exchange , 37. ... Qxf2? seems to be one of the mistakes aswell , eliminating first of the aforementioned weaknesses . Bronstein went on to be defensive soon after that.
Apr-30-11  Everett: One never knows how exactly Bronstein is going to play, of course.

The Rf5 remains awkwardly placed. I wonder if Bronstein considered <23..h5!> when <24.Rxh5 Nxd3> seems winning for Black, while <24.h3 hxg4 25.hxg4 Nc6 26.Qf3 Rde7 26.Ne4 Rxe4!? 27.dxe4 Ne5> where black will be up two or three pawns and have great squares for his N and a safe king for the exchange. It seems only Black has chances to win this position.

May-01-11  bronkenstein: Trouble is that black seems to be the only one with winning chances on the beginning of the variant aswell , and he would have to make so important decision ´in the dawn of ´ incoming (if not already present , knowing Bronstein that would be quite possible ) time trouble .
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  Tabanus: Hard and long fight, despite the smiling handshake before the game:

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