80 ( +1 | -1 ) ketchuplover ...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
34 ( +1 | -1 ) BronsteinI 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?
19 ( +1 | -1 ) Bronstein booksI 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.
104 ( +1 | -1 ) Bronstein - Browne 1990The 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.
56 ( +1 | -1 ) Bronstein....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.
25 ( +1 | -1 ) 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...
7 ( +1 | -1 ) His loss will be felt the world over. Condolensces to the family!
38 ( +1 | -1 ) ZurichThe 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.