Zurich was a chess tournament won by Vasily Smyslov. It was a Candidates Tournament References[edit]. Bronstein, David () [], Zurich International chess tournament, (2nd ed.), Dover Publications, ISBN 1 These are the games in order according to David Bronstein’s excellent book, Zurich International Chess Tournament He participated in the tournament. Viewable chess game David Bronstein vs Max Euwe, , with discussion forum and chess analysis Zurich Candidates (), Zurich SUI, rd 6, Sep

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His classic book Zurich International Chess Tournament ,and the average club player. In David Bronstein was already a proven world class chess player. Only two years previously – following a candidate’s playoff against his lifelong friend Isaac Boleslavski – he had drawn a most dramatic match for the world title. Bronstein’s result against Mikhail Botvinnik having been a point ahead with two games to play proved beyond doubt that the new dynamism of the younger generation of Soviet players was at least the equal of the scientific and precision methods typified by the play of the then world champion.

Throughout bronetein career Bronstein has graced the game with many magnificent ideas and innumerable wonderful games. If you have yet to see the Gothenburg Interzonal game against the eternal Candidates runner up Paul Keres you have truly missed an dagid to expand your chess horizons. That game was played near to the peak of David’s creative talent.

Notwithstanding the above though. The greatest debt owed by the chess community to this most remarkable and imaginative of competitors will probably be reserved for his incredible annotations following the double round robin Candidates tournament.

Bronstein himself played and shared second play in the event tied with Keres and Reshevski behind Vassily Smyslov – who went on to challenge Botvinnik for the world title.

Though the event produced many brilliant games. It is most memorable for the revolutionary style Bronstein chose to adopt in his tournament book of the event. David made a conscious decision to ‘explain’ chess to the average player. Certainly his annotations contain variations, alternatives and even much tactical depth. Most important of all though it was zurrich that he set out to ensure that a raft of high quality Grandmaster games became at least partly comprehensible to all standards of players.


His efforts have been rightly acknowledged as equally applicable for club players right up to the GM level.

Zurich International Chess Tournament, 1953

Boris Spassky once commented ‘The author is present in its pages’. This is clearly apparent in the warmth, generosity and wonder bdonstein the creative achievements of his peers.

This period ‘s was a rich one in terms of chess development. The new wave of players post war had begun a revolution in the way the game was played. Indeed this style was to evolve onward and be further refined some bronstien later by messrs M Tal, R Fischer and Zuurich Kasparov.

It was however to Bronstein and his ilk that initial credit must justly be attributed. Bronstein along with others such as Taimanov, Boleslavski and Najdorf was largely responsibly for a re-evaluation of various set-ups most notable the Kings Indian, Nimzo-Indian and Sicilian during this time.

The transformation in these systems from opening to middle game had previously been underestimated. It was during and just after this tournament that these ideas were to be shaped into the formidable systems they have become.

Do not however assume that Bronstein was simply a super openings analyst. It is for his clarity of thought and creative handling of the intricacies of the next phase of the game the middle game that this book has become justly famed for.

The average player who reads and digests the comments in this book and in doing so learns naught would do well to give up chess and try another game say Mah Jong – with sincere apologies to C. Skip to main content. Available in English translation from Dover books at Members’ chess sets Large magnetic chess set.


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