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“A player surprised is half beaten." Proverb
David Bronstein, 1924-2006
Born in the Ukraine, to Jewish parents. Growing up in a poor family, he learned chess at age six from his grandfather. As a youth in Kiev, he was trained by the renowned International Master Alexander Konstantinopolsky.
He finished second in the Kiev ch when he was only 15, and achieved the Soviet Master title at age 16 for his second-place result in the 1940 Ukrainian ch, behind Isaac Boleslavsky, with whom he became close friends both on and off the chessboard.
His qualified for the Candidates' Tournament of 1950. Bronstein became the eventual Candidates' winner over Boleslavsky in a (Moscow) 1950 playoff match, following two overtime match games, after the two had tied in Budapest, and then again remained level over the 12 scheduled match games.
Bronstein is widely considered to be one of the greatest post-war players not to have won the World Ch. He came close to that goal when he drew the 1951 challenge match for the title of World Champion by a score of 12–12 with Mikhail Botvinnik, the reigning champion. Each player won five games, and the remaining 14 games were drawn.
During the 1962 Moscow v. Leningrad Match Bronstein played the top board for the Moscow team. With the white pieces he defeated Viktor Korchnoi in a game that ended with a tactic he later described as "one of the best combinations in my life, if not the best."
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. 0-0 Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. c3 Be7 10. Bc2 0-0 11. Qe2 f5 12. exf6 Bxf6 13. Nbd2 Bf5 14. Nxe4 Bxe4 15. Bxe4 dxe4 16. Qxe4 Qd7 17. Bf4 Rae8 18. Qc2 Bh4 19. Bg3 Bxg3 20. hxg3 Ne5 21. Nxe5 Rxe5 22. Rfe1 Rd5 23. Rad1 c5 24. a4 Rd8 25. Rxd5 Qxd5 26. axb5 axb5 27. Qe2 b4 28. cxb4 cxb4 29. Qg4 b3 30. Kh2 Qf7 31. Qg5 Rd7 32. f3 h6 33. Qe3 Rd8 34. g4 Kh8 35. Qb6 Rd2 36. Qb8+ Kh7 37. Re8 Qxf3 38. Rh8+ Kg6 39. Rxh6+ (see diagram)
Bronstein: Kortchnoi remained unruffled. He wrote down my move on his scoresheet and began carefully studying the position. I think it seemed incredible to him that White could sacrifice his last rook (I myself could not believe my eyes!). And only when he had convinced himself, did he stop the clocks. These are the variations: A) 39... Kf7 40.Qc7+ Kg8 41.Qc8+ Kf7 42.Qe6+ Kf8 43.Rh8 mate; B) 39... Kg5 40.Qe5+ Kxg4 41.Rg6+ Kh4 42.Qg5 mate; C) 39... gxh6 40.Qg8+ Kf6 41.Qf8+; D) 39... Kxh6 40.Qh8+ Kg6 41.Qh5+ Kf6 42.g5+!
GM Daniel Naroditsky
No surprise, the recent contender for the US Chess Championship, took down 11 challengers in just 90 minutes. Many of the players commented, "It felt like a blitz game."
We thank Daniel for an excellent lecture on positional chess as well as demonstrating how Chess is played at the highest levels!
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