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David Bronstein vs Herman Pilnik
Belgrade (1954), Belgrade YUG, rd 5, Oct-26
King's Indian Defense: Averbakh. Benoni Defense Advance Variation (E75)  ·  1-0



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  GrahamClayton: I am surprised that I am the first person to kibitz on this game.

Bronstein's pawn sacrifice with 34.b4 is well worth the control of the only open file on the board 37.♕a2.

Oct-30-10  sneaky pete: <Calli> Are you listening?
Nov-01-10  Calli: <Sneaky> Been pretty busy G Neidich vs Marshall, 1920
Oct-27-15  zydeco: It feels like Bronstein played more of these types of games than anybody else - a completely closed position; trench warfare across the entire board - and then he finds a sacrifice somewhere to suddenly get tremendous activity for his pieces.
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  OhioChessFan: A quick play through this nice game and after 26 moves, here's the position:

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The Pawn formation tells me that White is primed for a Kingside attack. White's DSB is on a nice diagonal, his LSB is on a closed but still nice diagonal and has e2 as a nice spot to reposition, the Queen can get to f3 or g3, the e2 Rook might go to g1 or h1, the a2 Rook can glide over to g2 or h2 if only that g2 Pawn was out of the way. Putting that all together, of course then, g4 is the lever in the position to get things rolling. Let's see how that turns out:

27. Be2, right on plan. 29. g4, right on cue. 30. Raa1 And I missed it completely. This is why I'm a patzer and Bronstein is Bronstein. White had to have seen b4 and an eventual Qa2 for that move to make sense. I am reminded of Nimzo's maxim "We engage one wing, or the obvious weakness in it, and thus draw the other enemy wing out of its reserve, when new weakness will be created on that reserve wing, and so the signal is given for systematic manoeuvring against two weaknesses." White's space advantage is demonstrated to great effect.

After 42 moves, here's the position:

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Now the White Queen has intruded on the a file, the Rooks stand shoulder to shoulder on the a and b files, the DSB bears down on the weakened c Pawn, and the Queen side attack is on in earnest.

After 59 moves:

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White has a 6 Pawn phalanx. Black is down a Pawn, and one is doubled. White's King has worked over to join the battle on the Queen side. White has a winning end game advantage. A beautiful positional masterpiece by Bronstein.

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