David Bronstein (1924-2006) was a Soviet and later Russian chess grandmaster, known for his creative and imaginative play. He was one of the leading chess players in the world in the 1950s and competed in several Candidates Tournaments, which were the matches used to determine the challenger for the World Chess Championship.
Bronstein had a distinctive and dynamic style of play, which was marked by his willingness to take risks and his ability to improvise and find unexpected solutions to problems on the board. He was particularly known for his skill in handling complex and unbalanced positions, and his games often featured sharp tactics and surprising moves.
Vladas Mikėnas was a Lithuanian chess player who was born on March 17, 1910, and died on November 3, 1992. He was one of the strongest chess players in the world during the 1930s and 1940s, and was awarded the title of International Grandmaster by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, in 1950.
Mikėnas was known for his aggressive and dynamic playing style, and he was particularly strong in the opening. He was the winner of the Lithuanian Chess Championship six times, and he also won a number of international tournaments, including the prestigious Hastings Chess Congress in 1935/36.
According to some reports, Bent Larsen, the strongest grandmaster from Scandinavia until the emergence of Magnus Carlsen, once stated that by knowing and understanding this particular game, one could effectively face the Latvian Gambit.