Viewable chess game David Bronstein vs Svetozar Gligoric, , with discussion forum jbennett: I’m doing a series of videos on the Zurich tournament. Most of the time this referred to Bronstein’s book on the great Candidates Tournament, Zurich International Chess Tournament, ; but surprisingly often, my. Bronstein does an amazing job annotating the games between many of the greatest players of the day at the Zurich International Chess Tournament.

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So, not surprisingly, one of my questions was always: That tome, previously unknown to the majority of English readers, has now been translated as Zurich It is published by Russell Enterprises in pages, with Taylor Kingston doing the mammoth work of translation.

As a young player, true, Zurich was a treasured possession; but so were all of the few chess books that I access to.

Comments that purported to be pearls of wisdom ended up having too little to do with the game at hand, and the most important moments of the game were too often passed over.

As it happens, Bronstein gives excellent summaries of the general characteristics of various positions; but zutich does only at a few junctures in each game, when the reality is that at many other points, the game is characterized by a completely different set of themes and ideas.


Zurich 1953 chess tournament

Bronstein also sounds so confident of his opinions that his misassessments are easy to overlook. Perhaps more importantly, he consistently fails to point out improvements for both sides. Frequently, therefore, the reader is given an unrealistic and often simplistic view which neglects the richness of positions, and passes over important turning points.

First Reshevsky, then Bronstein, and then Reshevsky again avoid drawish continuations while taking risks to win.

Then towards the end of the game, without needing a great deal of analysis to prove it, Bronatein points out important alternatives on five different moves for Reshevsky, who was in his customary time pressure, all at least equal and some of them clear improvements. This includes a move at time control move 40 that would have given him good winning chances.


Instead, Reshevsky blundered terribly at that point and lost. Nor are there round overviews, or a tournament summary.

His is a mechanical narrative in which we find little drama. Along with an account of the games, the standings are given before every round, and Najdorf is clearly swept up in the excitement of the race.

Even at the end, when Smyslov becomes zurixh of reach, he makes us aware of the contest for second place, since that result qualified the winner for the next Candidates Tournament no small matter.

He brosntein context for the games, including their significance for the standings, and the reasons that players made certain moves and errors for example, tiredness, the role played by the clock, etc. Najdorf gives his book a human touch, with numerous anecdotes as well as zurch about the players themselves. As an indication of its broader scope, Zurich It begins with substantial and sympathetic biographical portraits of all the players, summarizing their careers and styles, and ends with a review of the tournament and the players’ performances.

However, his performance 193 very meritorious, and especially at the start we saw him show his best fighting spirit against the vigorous youth of today.

My best guess is that both Najdorf and Bronstein wrote the general observations and descriptions in the game notes, but that their two sadly-forgotten assistants did much of the analytical work, probably in collaboration with the main authors. Bolbochan, by the way, was a prominent Argentine GM and strong theoretician with beonstein career spanning 6 decades his elder brother Jacobo was an IM.

Review: Zurich 1953 – Bronstein

Najdorf points out that Reshevsky was successful with draw offers in his own time trouble, and that several of his games ended strangely. Bfonstein the end of Petrosian -Reshevsky in Round 17 [Game ], agreed drawn, he says, “As is his custom, Reshevsky offers a draw in a position inferior for him, and once again has the luck to get his proposal accepted. This was the third game of the tournament which presented such a curious problem, which we will call psychological; the other beneficiaries were the Soviets Averbakh and Boleslavsky.


Najdorf refers to Game 17 and Game zuirch, in the latter of which he says “Here Reshevsky proposed a draw, and to the astonishment of everyone, Boleslavsky accepted! Furthermore, Bronstein, in his own annotations to the Reshevsky game mentioned above, grumbles “With this move — while Zuridh was still writing it down, in fact — Reshevsky offered a draw for the third time this game. In the second cycle, the American grandmaster tried to force several games with such bad luck that it nullified all his chances, whereas when he was no longer spurred by the need to retake first place, 195 displayed perfect technique in the exploitation of his superiority.

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That made my work more interesting and enjoyable, but also imposed, I felt, a responsibility: Also some cases where there was no mistake, but an especially interesting variation, or a much stronger one, was not pointed out.

Sometimes the Russian or Dutch GM saw something Najdorf did not [and vice-versa — jw], but it was surprising how often Rybka found something all three had missed. The analytically-minded reader bronsteinn researcher can go to the website to check the details, or of course use his or her own engines. I should warn you in advance bronsgein some reviewers have complained about poor editing, and it does seem that there are more errors than we have come to expect from a Russell Enterprises production.

But the true chess fan or anyone who enjoys chess, for that matter will easily be bronsteib to see past the occasional technical glitch and appreciate this for one of the finest tournament books ever produced. I love this edition, and am grateful that I can finally enjoy it in English.