The Weekly Show: Candidates Tournament Budapest 1950

by Lawrence Trent
4/28/2020 – In his weekly show IM Lawrence Trent takes a look at the Candidates Tournament 1950 that ended almost on the day 70 ago, on May 1, 1950. Isaak Boleslavsky and David Bronstein shared first place. | Lawrence' show is available at 16:00 UTC (18:00 CEST, 12 Noon EDT) on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Boleslavsky and Bronstein win Budapest 1950

Lawrence Trent: "In this show I focus on the 1950 Candidates Tournament in Budapest. I am going to analyse the crushing victory by White in Boleslavsky-Smyslov (Round 6) and how this Ukranian Grandmaster almost challenged for the world crown."

But first, a position from a current tournament, the Magnus Carlsen Invitational. This is a position from a game between Ian Nepomniatchi and Ding Liren. Ding, who is usually solid, seems to be on the ropes here. In the given position he played the move 22...Rxf5, but did he overlook something?


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Born in 1986, Lawrence Trent is an international master, who has represented England in numerous international youth championships (including a 7th place in the U18 WCh in 2003). The Londoner, who has a degree in Romance languages, already has a lot of experience as a trainer. Trent has recorded several DVDs for ChessBase.


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