Bronstein Plays the Caro-Kann!
David Bronstein was a great innovator and pioneer...varied was his imagination, deep his chess culture, open was his mind, ever alert!
The following few games are offered as examples of his original, bold and dynamic style of play!
The first game is from a tournament in Belgrade, 1954. Bronstein plays a "mysterious" bishop move, 11....Bg8, and proceeds to outplay his opponent!
The next year, 1955, Bronstein played one of his immortal games, in my opinion. The way he won against Istvan Bilek is just out of this world!
A small disgression to point out something I published in another post...
Bronstein says that all GMs steal from each other, but they do not like to admit it! Regarding this game with Bilek, I was amazed at how, 58 years later, Aronian and Anand played a game in which a similar tactical theme ocurrred. Take a look!:
Amazing, no? The beauty of chess!
In the 1990's, with the help of his friend and admirer, Tom Furstenberg, Bronstein published his best book, "A Sorcerer's Apprentice". It is a masterpiece, with tons of chess lessons from Bronstein. I guarantee that anyone that studies that book in detail will improve. Even just playing through the games!
In the following game, against Anatoly Lutikov, Bronstein slowly produces a winning position, and it is incredible how he is like a sculptor, chiseling away at the position, until the full splendor of his art is revealed!
Lutikov was no slouch! He was a strong GM, with victories against Tal, Korchnoi and Velimirovic!
The next game, played in 1968, is also magical! when I was looking at it, I could not understand the purpose of Black's moves, and then, suddenly, the White Queen was trapped in the heart of the position! Sorcery!
In the next game against Vitaly Tseshkovsky, Bronstein sacrifices a pawn for a long-range initiative....and triumphs!
By the way, Tseshkovsky was no slouch! he had victories against many GMs, including kasparov, Spassky, Smyslov, Beliavsky, Kholmov, Planinc, Vaganian and Bronstein himself!
What Stuart might not have known is that Bronstein had beaten Tal in 1961, in a game with a similar theme!