Different, But Similar in a Metaphoric Way

Different, But Similar in a Metaphoric Way


In a recent post, my dear friend simaginfan published an article about the chess games of Jozsef Szen, an extraordinary Hungarian player.

One of the games caught my attention, because it reminded me of another game, played almost one hundred years after the first one!

Here is the first game:

Now, notice a few things: The opening (a King's Gambit), the Black King is exposed and forced to move (therefore he cannot castle!), and the position of the White Bishop on e6, White Queen on g4 as an attacking battery. White won (which is also something in common between the two games).

Here is my observation: sometimes certain patterns give us an intuitive sense of whether a given position, however chaotic or multi-faceted, is ok to play or not.

The first game was played in 1853; the second one in 1945!

One thing I love about certain great chess players who were also great chess writers is their ability
to write in such a way that lets you understand the essence of their thoughts, plans and emotions during a game; they write in such a way that makes you feel like a trusted friend to whom they are telling a story over a cup of tea.

Among players/writers like this, I count, among others, Bronstein, Tal, Polugaevsky and Gufeld.

By the way, Bronstein's score as White in the King's Gambit is 26 wins, 6 losses and 12 draws.

I hope you enjoy Bronstein's comments as much as I do. 

Here is the second game, Bronstein-Kan, USSR Championship, Moscow 1945.

Bronstein's comments about this game:

" After half a century I still have fond memories of my partner. He had played in tournaments with Dr. Emanuel Lasker, José Raúl Capablanca, Dr. Max Euwe and Rudolf Spielmann.

When the traditional match Ukraine vs. Moscow was played in Kiev in 1937 I went with the other boys to the station to meet the Moscow team. We were very proud to walk with them through many streets to take them to their hotel.

Later we played some very good games and had many interesting conversations. For some time Kan was vice-president of the Central Chess Club.

This game was played one month after the war was over and many chess enthusiasts, most of them still in army uniforms, filled the theatre. I felt obliged o play sharply to fulfill the wish of the audience to see good romantic chess."- Bronstein

June 30, 2020-

Just a note....how can I not love Ilya Kan? At the age of 65 he beat Tukmakov from the Black side of a Ruy Lopez, and not only that, playing my favorite Rubinstein system in the Chigorin Ruy Lopez! Gotta love this guy! Man! I had heard that the Rubinstein system was dead.....shows you how much I know!

                                                       Ilya Abramovich Kan (1909-1978)

One more game from Kan. In the 1929 USSR Championship, he placed third!
Among the players he beat was 18 year-old Mikhail Botvinnik.
Kan was 20 years old! He made Botvinnik look like a beginner!

With best wishes to everyone!

Health and Joy!