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Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953

  • International 
  • Formed: Apr 29, 2012
  • The purpose of our group is to study one of the most famous books in chess history: "Zurich International Chess Tournament, 1953" by David Bronstein. The tournament was held to select a challenger for then World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik and attracted 15 of the strongest players in the workd, including Smyslov, Geller, Boleslavsky, Bronstein, Najdorf, Szabo, Keres, Kotov, Gligoric, Reshevsky, Taimanov, Euwe, Petrosian, Averbackh, and Stahlberg. In this study group, we will play through the games and discuss Bronstein's excellent commentary. "Beginning and intermediate players...will find David Bronstein's annotations not only perceptive and thorough, but also a veritable textbook on how to play the middle game". We will also include analysis by Miguel Najdorf from his soon-to-be-released (posthumous) text on the same tournament with game-by-game, play-by-play commentary. Should be very interesting!

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  • I found Najdorf´s commentaries even more instructive than Bronstein´s ones

    by Ragus2013 4 weeks ago

  • I posted the first game as an example of what to expect in our study group. Click on the "Fourms" link at the right to see the game. Feel free to comment and make suggestions to improve our group experience playing through these insightful games.

    by ECHOOooo 24 months ago

  • Ok sounds cool

    by jadedog 24 months ago

  • Also, Najdorf's coverage of this same tournament is about to be released, so it will be interesting to compare his analysis and commentary to Bronsteins.

    by ECHOOooo 24 months ago

  • FYI, the plan for this study group is that I'll post games from this tournament, along with a puzzle or two highlighting key moves and the group will be expected to play through the games and discuss what they learn.

    by ECHOOooo 24 months ago

  • Hi. I'm not sure how this works, but I'm interested . : )

    by jadedog 24 months ago

  • I haven't purchased it yet, but this sounds like an excellent way to learn more about how to play the game.

    by MindWalk 24 months ago

  • Welcome to the group! We're just getting started, but I plan to post the first game as soon as we attract 20-30 members. I purchased this book almost 30 years ago, and look forward to revisiting it again!

    by ECHOOooo 24 months ago