On David Bronstein’s 95 birthday

19 February marked the 95th anniversary of the birth of the great chess player David Bronstein. David Bronstein (19 February, 1924, Belaya Tserkov, Ukraine – 5 December, 2006, Minsk, Belarus) was a bright, extraordinary, original, inventive and cunning person. He was one of the most talented grandmasters in history. Not by chance, one of the articles about him was called very aptly: “The Rich Man’s chess”.


In September 2002, Russia hosted the Russia vs Rest of the World chess match. FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov invited honorary guests - veterans of chess to the Kremlin (the grandmasters played in the Palace of Congresses, where forums and congresses of the CPSU were meeting in Soviet times). Pictured: Kirsan Ilyumzhinov speaks at the opening of the Russia vs Rest of the World chess match. On the stage are guests of honour: David Bronstein, Andre Lilienthal, Victor Korchnoi and Vasily Smyslov.

Wikipedia: David Ionovich Bronstein (19 February, 1924, Belaya Tserkov – 5 December, 2006, Minsk) was a Soviet and Russian chess player, grandmaster (1950). He was a contender for the world championship (1951). Two-time champion of the USSR in 1948 (shared first place with A. Kotov) and 1949 (shared first place with V. Smyslov). Six-time champion of Moscow (1946, 1953, 1957, 1961, 1968 with T. Petrosyan, 1982 with N. Rashkovsky). The winner of the interzonal tournaments in Saltsjöbaden (1948) and Gothenburg (1955).