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Arthur Bisguier vs Pal Benko
"The Best of Pal's" (game of the day May-25-2015)
US Championship (1963/64), New York, NY USA, rd 7, Dec-26
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian Variation (D96)  ·  0-1


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Feb-21-03  kostich in time: Another game included in Soltis'top one hundred..Its a sign of the greatness of R.Byrne-Fischer that it beat out this game for the Brilliancy prize
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  kevin86: This game has two personalities:white is the gobbler;he takes anything that is left for him.Black is the trapper,setting his traps as a counter to white's gobbles.In short,Bisguier is the mouse,Benko the mousetrap.
Jul-07-03  Ghengis Pawn II: For black 13.b3 seems crushing. The queen couldn't take it because of bishop takes bishop, and the pawn couldn't take it because of Queen takes rook. Driving the Queen off the white squares could induce Knight takes e4. or an exchange of Queens could create pawn to c4, and from there, who knows! what do you guys think? I am on my lunch break and don't have a chess machine.
Jul-07-03  clocked: 13... b3 is interesting but not crushing 14. Qc3 and mutually hanging pieces keeps a balance

14... Qxc3 Nxc3, 14...Qb6 dxc5, 14...Qa4 Bxa6
14...Qxa2 is flashy but either
15.Rxa2 or 15.Bxa6 Qxa1 16.Bb7 is fine

Jul-07-03  Ghengis Pawn II: I failed to see the knight recapturing on the c3 square, which restores the balance. I won't even get into 14. Qc3 - QxQ 15. NxQ BxB 16. NxB - Nxe4...Knights placed on strange squares will haunt me until my dying days...
Jul-07-03  Ghengis Pawn II: anyways, Benko sure doesn't need my advice on how to go pawn grubbing!
Mar-19-04  aragorn69: Benko does not seem to think highly of this game and he did not include it in his autobiography selection !
Jul-31-04  chslvr: This is probably my most favorite game ever!
Feb-05-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: White was just too greedy, that's all.
Jul-26-07  Whitehat1963: Wild game that probably deserves much more attention.
Jul-26-07  RookFile: This game was called 'Benko's masterpiece'. Strange that Benko didn't think a lot of it.
Mar-26-08  Resignation Trap: Benko thought enough of this game to annotate it in the February 1964 issue if <Chess Life>. His most memorable quote followed his 15...Nh5!! :

<"Knights on the rim lead to a trim"

Lo and behold!
'tis not the man who played the knight
on the rim that
gets the "trim"!>

To this line he added the disclaimer: "(To the readers whose aesthetic sense is offended, I apologize.)"

Jan-27-10  Cushion: It's funny how passive the white pieces are on move 15 (besides the bishop on f4).
May-11-11  ZeejDonnelly: Carlos Torre also didn't think much of his 'masterpiece' against Lasker. I'd be proud to have white's part in this game.
Jul-07-11  LIFE Master AJ: Some have said this was Benko's most brilliant game. It might have been overlooked, as Fischer went 11-0 that year ...
Jul-07-11  LIFE Master AJ: Soltis says "16...Nxf4!!"

I have to agree.

May-25-15  mcaskin: Why can't/doesn't white play Nc6 from moves 22-27?
May-25-15  RookFile: Just eyeballing it, but it looks like the rook can't get out, e.g. 22. Nc6 Nxc6 23. Rxa8 Ba6
May-25-15  mcaskin: Ah, that must be it. Thanks.
May-25-15  morfishine: Sometimes the saying for Black "Equalize first, then play for a win" also applies to White

<14.Bxa6> had to be played; after 14...Nxa6 15.e5 Nd5 16.Bg3 Rfc8 17.Qd2 White has skated around, maintaining the balance


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  Gilmoy: <morfishine: Sometimes the saying for Black "Equalize first, then play for a win" also applies to White>

"Equalize? In my moment of brilliance? I think you greatly overestimate his chances." -- G.M. Tarkin

"And my rank really /is/ G.M." -- Tarkin

May-25-15  ISeth: Truly a replica kind of Game like "Game of the Century ".
May-26-15  Howard: Didn't I nominate this game for GOTD a couple years ago ? Let me check my email archives.....
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  kevin86: White is virtually stripped of pieces. With another to come.
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