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[Event "USSR - USA Radio Match"]

[Site "Moscow RUS and New York USA"]

[Date "1945.09.03"]
[Round "2.10"]
[White "Anthony Santasiere"]
[Black "David Bronstein"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A04"]
[EventDate "1945.09.01"]
[PlyCount "100"]
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.b4?!
{I dont like White's opening setup, the pin along the long diagonal
lets Black equalize rather easily.}
2...d6 3.d4 g6 4.c4 Bg7 5.Bb2 O-O 6.Nbd2 a5
{I like how Bronstein attacks the overextended queenside, in fact it
is the fact that he attacks this pawns with a5 and later on c5 that
give him a better endgame.}
7.a3 e5 8.dxe5 Nfd7 9.e3
( 9.Qb3 {I like this line more, forcing Black to put a pawn on e5
rather than allowing him to take with a piece on e5.} 9...Nxe5 10.Nxe5
dxe5 )
9...Nc6 10.Qb3 axb4 11.axb4 Rxa1+ 12.Bxa1 Ncxe5 13.Bc3 c5
{At first this move seemed weird as it leaves a backward pawn on b7
but later on, specially in the endgame it made some sense, Bronstein
wants the b4 square.}
( 13...b5 {Is the approach I suggested and while it is not bad (the
position is equal according to computers) there seem to be better
options.} 14.cxb5 Nb6 15.Nxe5 dxe5 16.Be2 Qe8 {Turns out Black esily
regains the pawn with Bd7 after this.} )
( 13...Qf6 {Is the computer's top choice, it seems to overestimate
Black, both of the 3 positions look good for Black but this last one,
Qf6 has some computerish lines.} 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.Bd4 Re8 16.Be2 Qg5
17.g3 Qe7 )
14.Be2 Qf6
( 14...Qc7 {Bronstein said he wanted to tacck the c4-pawn, my guess is
that this is more in tune with it.} 15.O-O b6 16.Nxe5 Nxe5 17.Qb2 f5 {
Defending the bishop on g7. Black will probably continue Be6-Rc8
adding pressure on White.} )
15.Ne4 Qe7 16.Bxe5 Nxe5 17.bxc5 dxc5 18.O-O
( 18.Nc3 {Santasiere thought of this position as winning for White.}
18...Nxf3+ 19.Bxf3 Qe5 20.Nd5 Qa1+ 21.Bd1 {Santasiere stopped his
analysis here, but Qa5 gives Black a very comfortable game.} 21...Qa5+
22.Ke2 Bg4+ 23.f3 Bd7 24.Bc2 b5 25.Rb1 b4 {And Black dark square
control is amazing, with this passer Black's game is almost won.} )
( 18...Be6 {Seemed better to me at the beginning, perhaps Bronstein
didnt like Ng5 which I also dislike.} 19.Nfg5 Bf5 20.Ng3 Qxg5 21.f4
Qf6 22.fxe5 Qxe5 23.Nxf5 gxf5 )
19.Ned2 Nc6 20.Rd1 Nb4
{Its actually hard to suggest something for White, his positions looks
pretty unpleaseant.}
21.Nb1 Qf6 22.Na3
{After this move which I think is tryin gto get either to c2 or b5
Black is almost winning.}
( 22.Nd4 {Was according to the computer the onl way to stay on the
game.} 22...Bd7 23.Nb5 Bf5 24.Qa3 Rd8 )
22...Ra8 23.Nd4
( 23.Nc2 )

{Makes White's lifes easier.}

( 23...Bd7 {Keeping the bishop was correct. It is better than its
counterpart.} )
24.Nxe2 Qb2
{The endgame that arises is sweet for Black, White's queenside
weakness gives Black an endgame endge.}
25.Qxb2 Bxb2 26.Nb5 Nc6 27.Rb1 Ra4 28.Ng3 Be5 29.f4 Bg7 30.Nd6 Rb4 31.Rc1
f5 32.e4 Bd4+ 33.Kh1
( 33.Kf1 {Even tho this loses a pawn the computer suggests this
approach.} 33...Be3 34.Rd1 Bxf4 35.exf5 Bxd6 36.Rxd6 gxf5 37.Rd7 {The
endgame looks better for Black but not exactly winning, there is still
some work to be done.} 37...Ne5 38.Rd5 Rb1+ 39.Kf2 Rb2+ 40.Ke3 Nxc4+
41.Kd3 f4 42.Nh5 Ne3 43.Rg5+ Kf7 44.Nxf4 h6 )
33...Be3 34.Rf1 Na5 35.exf5 Nxc4 36.Nxc4 Rxc4 37.fxg6 hxg6
{The g3 knight is completely restrained.}
38.f5 g5 39.f6 Rc1 40.Rxc1 Bxc1 41.Ne4 c4 42.g4 Bf4
{Probably the cleanest way to win this, just pushing those kingside
( 42...Bb2 {Is also winning but it is not as easy as it looks, at
first I couldnt find a way for White to control c2 but he has a nice
resource which makes the torture last longer.} 43.Nxg5 c3 {Not this
move which amazingly draws the game.}
( 43...Bxf6 {Instead this wins.} 44.Nf3 b5 45.Nd2 Bg5 46.Nf3 c3
47.Nd4 b4 48.Kg2 Be3 49.Nb3 c2 {Won.} )
44.f7+ Kf8 45.Ne6+ Kxf7 46.Nd4 Ba3 47.Kg2 Bc5 48.Nc2 b5 49.Kf3 b4 50.
Na1 c2 51.Nb3 Be7 52.Kf4 Kg6 53.Ke4 Bg5 54.Kd3 c1=Q 55.Nxc1 Bxc1 56.
Kc4 Bd2 57.h4! {Only move to draw the game.} 57...Kf6 58.h5 {And White
just needs to take a look at the b4 pawn not to free the bishop from
his defensive job making it impossible for Black to take g4 (due to
h6, inmediate draw)} 58...Kg5 59.Kb3 Be1 60.Kc4 Bc3 61.Kb3 Bd2 62.Ka4
43.Kg2 b5 44.Kf3 b4 45.h4 c3 46.hxg5 c2 47.Kxf4 c1=Q+ 48.Kf5 Qc8+ 49.Kf4
b3 50.g6 b2
{White resigns.
It is hard to tell why White lost this game, probably he didnt lost it
right out of the opening but did make his life harder, Bronstein
correctly treated the queenside, creating a weakness on c4 he could
bite on.}