GM David Bronstein

Full name
David Bronstein
Life
Feb 19, 1924 - Dec 5, 2006 (age 82)
Place of birth
Bila Tserkva, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Federation
Ukraine

Described as a creative genius and tactical master, David Bronstein was one of the world’s strongest players for a 30-year span. Also a terrific author, Bronstein wrote “Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953”, one of the best chess books written in history. He challenged for the World Championship against Botvinnik, tying the match and narrowly missing out on taking the title. Also a prominent opening theoretician, Bronstein was a player that can be emulated today.

David Bronstein learned to play chess at the age of 6. He was trained by an International Master in his home country. He gained the title of Soviet Master at age 16. Instead of going straight into a professional chess career, Bronstein decided to go to university. After studying at the university for a year, he chose to pursue chess more. Known as a rising but unproven player, he played terrifically at the 1945 USSR Championship which gained him notice from other top players. Within a few year he became a Grandmaster and in 1951 Bronstein was able to play against Mikhail Botvinnik for the World Championship, a match that he tied. Despite narrowly missing out on winning the World Championship, he continued to be a force in the chess world throughout the rest of his life, winning many different tournaments. At the end of his life, Bronstein passed away on December 5, 2006.

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White Pieces
Queen's Indian Defense (16) : E16 E15 E12 E17 E19 E18
Pirc Defense (18) : B09 B07 B08
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (2) : D73 D79
Vienna Game (5) : C29 C25 C26
Torre Attack (15) : A46 A48
Petrov's Defense (5) : C42 C43
Four Knights Game (7) : C49 C48 C47
Dutch Defense (13) : A82 A80 A84 A90
King's Gambit Declined (15) : C30 C32 C31
Giuoco Piano Game (7) : C52 C53 C50
Old Indian Defense (11) : A54 A53
Bogo-Indian Defense (1) : E11
Indian Game (33) : A46 A49 A48
Bird's Opening (7) : A02 A03
London System (13) : A48
Scandinavian Defense (5) : B01
Tarrasch Defense (10) : D34 D32
Budapest Defense (1) : A52
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (6) : A01
King's Gambit Accepted (20) : C34 C33 C36 C35 C39
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (2) : A57
Semi-Slav Defense (12) : D43 D48 D46 D44 D45 D49
Catalan Opening (10) : E01 E09 E02
Richter-Veresov Attack (4) : D01
Reti Opening (14) : A05 A04 A09 A06
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (2) : B06
Trompowsky Attack (1) : A45
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46
Alekhine Defense (6) : B02 B03
Modern Defense (4) : B06
Polish Opening (2) : A00 A04
King's Indian Attack (5) : A07 A08
Hungarian Opening (2) : A00
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
King's Pawn Opening (2) : C44 C40
Bishop's Opening (1) : C28
Queen's Pawn Opening (3) : D03 D02
Scotch Game (1) : C44
Torre Attack with 3.Bg5 (1) : A48
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (2) : D44
Black Pieces
Reti Opening (26) : A05 A04 A09 A06
Semi-Slav Defense (13) : D45 D43 D48 D46 D49 D47
Scandinavian Defense (17) : B01
Tarrasch Defense (16) : D32 D33 D34
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (4) : A01
Old Indian Defense (45) : A53 A54
King's Indian Attack (12) : A07
Vienna Game (6) : C25 C26 C27
Queen's Indian Defense (33) : E15 E12 E18 E14 E19 E17
Queen's Gambit Accepted (16) : D20 D26 D27 D25 D22
Bogo-Indian Defense (10) : E11
King's Gambit Accepted (6) : C39 C34 C36
Italian Game (7) : C55 C59 C56
Trompowsky Attack (5) : A45
Queen's Pawn Opening (27) : D00 D02 A40 D25 A41 D03
Bird's Opening (1) : A02
Budapest Defense (1) : A52
Giuoco Piano Game (5) : C53 C50 C52
Four Knights Game (8) : C49 C46 C48 C47
Catalan Opening (8) : E01 E00
Blumenfeld Countergambit (1) : E10
Pirc Defense (14) : B08 B09 B07
Petrov's Defense (14) : C42 C43
Richter-Veresov Attack (8) : D01
Bishop's Opening (1) : C24
Scotch Game (6) : C45
London System (6) : A48
King's Gambit Declined (2) : C32 C31
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (7) : D78 D73 D77
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (6) : B06
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (2) : A58
Alekhine Defense (8) : B05 B02 B04
Modern Defense (12) : B06 A42 D02
Hungarian Opening (2) : A00
Torre Attack (2) : A48 A46
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
Benoni Defense (3) : A70 A56
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (2) : D44
Three Knights Opening (2) : C46
Polish Opening (1) : A04

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