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R.I.P. David Bronstein
GM and author David Bronstein has passed on. More info can be found in his forum at chessgames.com.
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Thanks for letting us know! This is indeed disturbing news for me, being my favorite living GM till now. Gone instead to join the ranks of those beloved, but gone ... Pillsbury, Tal, Schlecter and Morphy.
GM Bronstein played some truly great and fearless Chess in his day, including a World Championship match with Botvinnik, who could not best him. And some great games with Tal and Spassky, tho on the wrong end of that latter brilliancy. Still I think he would have been the first to congratulate Boris and remark on the superb play!
Except for Fischer and Tal, there is no GM whose games I have studied more than his. And it is not only his fine play, but sparkling wit that is lost now to the world of Chess and at large.
Condolences to those who knew him.
Sincerely, Craig Collister
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Indeed, Bronstein did play some truely fantastic games and he did alot for the chess world.
My condolences as well to those close to him
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I we also greatly miss Bronstein. I think I may put my tactical problem studies on hold and read one of his books in his honour. I have read parts of his "200 open games" and enjoyed what I read...never finished it though. Craig what is your favorite book by Bronstein? Maybe we could make a reading list?
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I have high hopes for a book titled Sorcerer's Apprentice, co-authored by Bronstein, but I have had it back ordered on Amazon for two months, and they are predicting a shipping date in February.
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player and a great loss for the chessworld. He was an oustanding player and personality. Truly worth studying his games.
My condolences to his family and friends.
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here: -> www.chessbase.com
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Bronstein - Browne 1990
The ChessBase piece ( -> chessbase.com ) has added a "video tribute" to Bronstein by Yasser Seirawan. In reality, it appears to be a clip of an off-the-cuff story Yaz embarked on during some game commentary. Despite this, it's of real interest and I recommend it.
His story dwells on a game between Bronstein and Walter Browne from back in 1990. It's quite an interesting one, full of fireworks, where an old man well past his prime steps into Browne's backyard and beats him to a bloody pulp with his own shovel...so to speak.
[Event "Reykjavik (Iceland)"]
[Site "Reykjavik (Iceland)"]
[White "Bronstein David"]
[Black "Browne Walter S"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Be7
8. Qf3 Qc7 9. O-O-O Nbd7 10. g4 b5 11. Bxf6 Nxf6 12. g5 Nd7 13. f5 Bxg5+
14. Kb1 Ne5 15. Qh5 Qd8 16. Rg1 h6 17. fxe6 g6 18. exf7+ Kxf7 19. Qe2
Kg7 20. h4 Bxh4 21. Nf5+ Kh7 22. Rxd6 Qf8 23. Qh2 Bxf5 24. Qxe5 Qe7
25. Qxe7+ Bxe7 26. Rc6 Rhc8 27. Rb6 Rxc3 28. exf5 Re3 29. Bd3 Bc5
30. Rbxg6 Rae8 31. a4 bxa4 32. f6 Rxd3 33. Rg7+ Kh8 34. Rh1 1-0
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also wrote what many consider to be the finest tournament book ever done - "Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953. It's been on my bookshelf, unread, for years. Tonight I picked it up and played through his first game in the tournament, a Benoni Defense which he won against Taimanov. Smyslov won the tournament. Bronstein, Keres and Reshevsky shared the next rung. What excellent writing! It looks to be an ideal balance between clear prose and variations just long enough to draw you in. I can see why he was a much admired author.
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I'm ashamed to admit...
...that I've never read the Zurich tournament book, despite a) wanting to for years and, more seriously, b) having it feature prominently in a scene in a manuscript I've been working on. I think I must therefore make a little trip to amazon.com...
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His loss will be felt the world over. Condolensces to the family!
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The tournament book from Zurich 1953 is the best chess book I own. I doubt I'll ever study all the games but it contains som eof the greatest chess ever played IMO, and I still believe it to be the greatest tournement ever.
David Bronstein will be missed throughout the chess world, both for his writing and play - a great man and great chessplayer.
My condolences go out to his family and friends.