The Wizards Of Chess

   

 Two Of My Absolute Favorite

   

David Bronstein

Chess Playing Wizards.

Mikhail Tal


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  1. [Event “Moscow m”]
    [Site “Moscow”]
    [Date “1966.??.??”]
    [Round “?”]
    [White “Tal, Mihail”]
    [Black “Bronstein, David I”]
    [Result “0-1”]
    [ECO “B10”]
    [Annotator “Loal Davis”]
    [PlyCount “60”]
    [EventDate “1966.09.??”]
    [EventRounds “5”]
    [EventCountry “URS”]

    1. e4 c6 2. d3 e5 3. f4 d5 4. Nf3 dxe4 5. Nxe5 Qh4+ 6. g3 Qe7 {These guys
    obviously don’t mind mixing it up with each other.} 7. d4 Nh6 8. Bc4 Be6 9. d5 cxd5 10. Bxd5 f6 11. Nc4 Nc6 12. Ne3 Rd8 13. c4 Qf7 14. Nc3 Bc5 15. Nxe4 Bd4 16. f5 Bxd5 17. Nxd5 Nxf5 18. Qg4 Nd6 19. Nxd6+ Rxd6 20. Qc8+ Rd8 21. Nc7+ Ke7 (21… Kf8 22. Ne6+) 22. Qxb7 Qxc4 {Exposed check – yes – but what is there to do with it?} 23. Bf4 Ne5 24. Rc1 {Does White have a plan against the Knight check on d3?} Nd3+ 25. Kd2 Nxc1 26. Nd5+ Ke6 27. Qe7+ Kxd5 28. Rxc1 {Yes – he had a plan – BUT} Be3+ 29. Bxe3 Kc6+ 30. Ke1 Qxc1+ {and Black wins back the Queen after Rhe8. Astounding !} 0-1

  2. [Event “Tbilisi sim m”]
    [Site “Tbilisi”]
    [Date “1982.??.??”]
    [Round “?”]
    [White “Tal, Mihail”]
    [Black “Bronstein, David I”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [ECO “C63”]
    [WhiteElo “2605”]
    [BlackElo “2495”]
    [Annotator “Loal Davis”]
    [PlyCount “61”]
    [EventDate “1982.??.??”]
    [EventRounds “8”]
    [EventCountry “URS”]

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 {The Schliemann Defense – One of Bronstein’s
    favorites.} 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 6. Qe2 Qe7 7. Nxf6+ gxf6 8. O-O a6 9. Ba4
    b5 10. Bb3 Na5 11. d4 Nxb3 12. axb3 Bg7 13. dxe5 fxe5 14. Bg5 Qe6 15. Nxe5 {
    White will not lose a piece here because of doubling on the e file coupled
    with f4.} O-O 16. Rae1 Bb7 17. f4 Rae8 18. Qd2 d6 19. Nc6 Qf7 20. Re7 Rxe7 21. Nxe7+ Kh8 22. f5 Bf6 23. Bxf6+ Qxf6 24. Re1 Rf7 25. Re6 Qxb2 26. Ng6+ Kg7 27. Nh4 Kf8 28. Qg5 Qd4+ 29. Kf1 Bc8 {A slip.} ({Black should draw with} 29… Qd1+ ) 30. Ng6+ hxg6 31. Qd8+ {and mates.} 1-0

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