Friday, March 11, 2005


A Bronstein Annocdote

An annocdote by David Bronstein, former world champion challenger, in a lecture in California. I think it carries some weight. Perhaps it's time to try some more interesting openings:

Bronstein played the first two moves of the King's gambit on the display board. "This is what you should play," he said. "This is what you can learn about chess. Play for fun. Play the King's gambit." As for openings popular with grandmasters, he said, "They're boring. Look at this. Nowadays they play something like this." He played out the first three or four moves of a Nimzoindian defense and an English opening. "This is popular with the grandmasters. But it's boring."

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