Bronstein Invents Modern Chess! - Best of the 40s - Zita vs. Bronstein, 1946

Bronstein Invents Modern Chess! - Best of the 40s - Zita vs. Bronstein, 1946

NM SamCopeland

How does an opening begin? In many cases, it takes a champion and visionary to elevate a previously neglected opening to prominence. David Bronstein and Isaac Boleslavsky were such champions for the King's Indian Defense. In the Prague vs. Moscow match of 1946, Bronstein won a brilliant two games with the King's Indian Defense, the second of which is presented here. In that same year in Groningen, Boleslavsky scored 4.5/5 in crushing and brilliant fashion.

Previously, the King's Indian Defense was thought to be passive and spaceless, but Bronstein and Boleslavsky showed it to be an incredibly dynamic and active opening where Black's pieces can easily become quite active and pawn levers can chip away at White's expansive center. The following game against Zita inspired many and helped form the legend of the "DSB," the fearsome dark-squared bishop that is so important to Black in the King's Indian Defense.

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The game opens fairly normally with Zita taking the center and fianchettoing both bishops. By the standards of the time, he should be better, but it quickly appears that isn't the case as Bronstein controls the dark squares and starts needling tactical targets in Zita's position. Once the a-file is opened, Bronstein finds a beautiful combination to decimate Zita's position.

My annotations are below. I hope you enjoy these ideas and are inspired by Bronstein's play as so many have been

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