Originally posted by MontyMoose
I'm sitting here reading "Chess: the Art of Logical Thinking" by Neil McDonald and flipping back and forth in the RHP forums when I stumbled on this thread. From page 174: "When the King's Indian was first developed in the 1950's by David Bronstein and others...."
Damn, he developed one of the major defenses to d4? Was he really that good? I need to get a book of his games!
Bronstein really was that good. And one thing I really admire on him is his creativity. Along with Kasparov he's in my top of chess.
I don't have it but people say that "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" is a really good book.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3 Be7 10.Bc2 O-O 11.Qe2 f5 12.exf6 Bxf6 13.Nbd2 Bf5 14.Nxe4 Bxe4 15.Bxe4 dxe4 16.Qxe4 Qd7 17.Bf4 Rae8 18.Qc2 Bh4 19.Bg3 Bxg3 20.hxg3 Ne5 21.Nxe5 Rxe5 22.Rfe1 Rd5 23.Rad1 c5 24.a4 Rd8 25.Rxd5 Qxd5 26.axb5 axb5 27.Qe2 b4 28.cxb4 cxb4 29.Qg4 b3 30.Kh2 Qf7 31.Qg5 Rd7 32.f3 h6 33.Qe3 Rd8 34.g4 Kh8 35.Qb6 Rd2 36.Qb8+ Kh7 37.Re8 Qxf3 38.Rh8+ Kg6 39.Rxh6+ (see diagram) Bronstein: "Kortchnoi remained unruffled. He wrote down my move on his scoresheet and began carefully studying the position. I think it seemed incredible to him that White could sacrifice his last rook (I myself could not believe my eyes!). And only when he had convinced himself, did he stop the clocks. These are the variations: A) 39... Kf7 40.Qc7+ Kg8 41.Qc8+ Kf7 42.Qe6+ Kf8 43.Rh8 mate; B) 39... Kg5 40.Qe5+ Kxg4 41.Rg6+ Kh4 42.Qg5 mate; C) 39... gxh6 40.Qg8+ Kf6 41.Qf8+; D) 39... Kxh6 40.Qh8+ Kg6 41.Qh5+ Kf6 42.g5+!" 1-0
But to tell the truth the KID was developed in the 50's ith Bronstein and he others... That opening was long known for black but normally it was looked down because of the permanent weak d-pawn. What they did waht to show that black had a lot of dynamics to show for it and with this new knowledge the opening became available
http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1034661, a real deep and sound rook sac...
http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1035015, kicking a Najdorf's guru butt on his playground.
Sorry this great amount of information but I feel like i'm just making justice to a great player and on of my chess heroes.