How To Win A Chess Game With Just Pawns - Best Of The 50s - Bronstein vs. Rojahn, 1956

How To Win A Chess Game With Just Pawns - Best Of The 50s - Bronstein vs. Rojahn, 1956

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David Bronstein is one of the great chess players, chess authors, and chess innovators in the last century. As a player, he drew a world championship match against Mikhail Botvinnik, and as an author, his "Zurich 1953" has become one of the best selling chess books of all time.

Bronstein was always creatively driven, and perhaps no game better illustrates this creativity than his beautiful gem against top Norwegian player, Ernst Rojahn. Watch as Bronstein offers a full piece for just two pawns and executes flawlessly on his creative vision of creating a pawn roller that eats up the middle of the board.

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The game starts with an Italian Game and established lines before Bronstein ventures 6.d3?!, intending the daring 8.dxe4!! This brilliant idea is not irrefutable, and Bronstein surely knew that, but faced with this aggression, Rojahn was unable to fund a concrete way to fight back. Once Bronstein gets the pawns rolling with 21.e5!, 22.f4!, and 25.g4!, it's all over!

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