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Lev Aronin vs David Bronstein
Tartu (1962), Tartu URS
Sicilian Defense: O'Kelly Variation. Aronin System (B28)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Found this in our Opening of the Day for 5 Mar 2013. Bronstein was never one to shun a speculative sacrifice, was he? If sound, this game might deserve a little more attention than it has received thus far.
Oct-17-14  tranquilsimplicity: <An Englishman> I concur.#
Oct-18-14  sicilianhugefun: A classic example of outflanking in the end
Aug-19-17  Everett: Bronstein has found many ways to make the sac of a piece for two connected work. It seems to be a thing for him.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Everett,

You are right there.

In 1974/75 someone dropped Bronstein's '200 Games' in my lap. He writes that 4.Nxf7(!) [The Cochrane Gambit v the Petrov]

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is worth a try. White gets two mobile centre pawns for piece.

He ends by saying:

"You certainly must try the Knight sacrifice on f7."

I took it up right away and theoretically armed only with Bronstein's words of encouragement. (I did not even know it had a name.) I scored very well with it. It's still in my rep, especially at blitz.

Recall in the 80's in a simul winning both Black Bishops with the same cross pin tactic.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nxf7 Kxf7 5. d4 Nxe4 6. Qh5+ Ke7 7. Qe2 Kf7 8. Qxe4 Qe8

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Black tries to get the Queens off

9. Bc4+ Be6 10. Qf5+

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There goes one Bishop with the cross pin check.

10...Ke7 11. Qxe6+ Kd8 12. Bg5+ Be7 13. Bb5 c6 14.Qxd6+

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There goes the second Bishop with the same trick.

14...Nd7 15. Bxe7+ White won without an further drama.

An odd book '200 Open Games' of course one would never expect Bronstein to actually write a 'normal' book. Some days I think it's a masterpiece, other days I think it's a bit over rated. In this respect I suppose I have fallen for a Bronstein trap. I dive into it months apart and my opinion changes. Today it's a masterpiece. Next month I may tell you it's a bummer.

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