March 02, 2014 8:29

Romantic Chess

© 2014, José Diaz




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Author: Jose Diaz


Anton's picture

Love It!

Anonymous's picture

who are those men

Jack Baptiste's picture

Baadur Jobava sitting with Caissa.

>:)'s picture

i always thought Tal played more romantic chess than Bronstein but nice cartoon anyway.

Anton's picture

Legend says that Bronstein was ordered by Stalin
to lose his last game against Botvinik at their world match

Anonymous's picture

Botvinnik himself admitted that Stalin ordered his opponents to throw games to him, "but he refused!" Did he really think that he himself could refuse other people seeing to it that they lost to him?

petar's picture

Yes, he could have easily refused by not playing or by doing the very same thing as them.

Anonymous's picture

But he did not do that, did he?

Anonymous's picture

This is one World Championship game against Smyslov, where Botvinnik states that Smyslov was ordered to lose, Botvinnik claims he "refused" this (how?) and still won the game

petar's picture

Maybe not out of fear of authorities.

wee rogue's picture

Bronstein himself has said that he was not ordered to lose, but was under "certain psychological pressures" regarding becoming WC; his dad had previously been put in Gulag and he was about to terminate his first marriage - neither of those things were thought by Bronstein to be 'looked kindly upon' by the Soviet administration.
Also, he feared that it might compromise the freedom with which he played chess - so creatively and beautifully, as the cartoon suggests!
Indeed, whilst he was never ordered to lose, I believe he was ordered to win on occassion (USSR vs USA radio match?) - try playing 'freely' in that circumstance!

petar's picture

The arrow hitting home feels good :-)

Anonymous's picture

Can anyone explain the references to this drawing for me? I don't understand when's going on. :(

Anonymous's picture

"when's" --> "what's"

James Maskell's picture

It was the Bronstein Memorial Jobava just won, for those who dont understand, thus the Cupid is Bronstein. The "f2-f4" was from his game vs Dubov.

wee rogue's picture

Just to add to this, I suppose more generally that "f2-f4" signifies the Kings Gambit, an opening beloved by Bronstein and the Romantic school of chess players, of which he was a letter-day patron. Perhaps Jobaava can be said to be something vaguely similar given his off-beat openings? Or, at least, a fitting winner of the Bronstein memorial - a connection I hadn't made until this awesome cartoon!

Anonymous's picture

Did you look at some of Jobava's games? He might well be the most romantic player amongst the super-GMs nowadays! The things he brings to the board are awesome, just like in most of his games at Tata Steel.

S3's picture

Creativity, beauty, booze and a girl in a romantic setting. I guess this one must be about another "no 1".
Very nice!

Anon's picture

Caissa... that bitch!
She's supposed to be with Carlsen...

Pieter's picture


RG13's picture

She sleeps around!

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