Bronstein's Mysterious Rook Move!

Bronstein's Mysterious Rook Move!

kamalakanta
kamalakanta
Apr 11, 2018, 9:46 PM |
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Some players have a  richness and depth in their understanding of chess, and this produces a wide variety of themes in their game,like an inexhaustible fountain of ideas and themes. These are the giants of our game, like Chigorin, Zukertort and Bronstein.

 

What brought this game to my mind was the article written by GM Serper on April 8, 2018, titled

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave: Master Of Trapped Rooks

and the article got me thinking about how certain GMs had affinity for rooks....for example, both Chigorin and Rubinstein were famous for their skill in rook endgames. Efim Geller, one of my favorite players, was also fond of rooks, specially in the middlegame.

 

But the following game by Bronstein is pure magic! Every rule has its exceptions, and sometimes a GM will face positions that are singular in their characteristics, and demand a singular solution to the problems they pose. Such is the position reached in the following game after White's 46th move....how is Black to make progress? Let us take a look!

 

Bronstein: "What have we learned from this game? The main lesson is that in a game the value of the pieces varies during their lonely fight. We always say that a bishop is generally stronger than a Knight. This is true if a bishop is free to move along open diagonals. A Knight has the opposite desire- it likes to jump from one square to another over short distances. Of course it is us, the players, who try to prepare more favorable conditions for our pieces."