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Robert James Fischer vs Pal Benko
"Break the Benko" (game of the day Aug-31-12)
New York ch-US (1965)  ·  Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Breyer Defense (C95)  ·  1-0
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Jan-05-10  kurtrichards: Seven years later, 1972, in Reykjavik,Iceland, Robert James Fischer became the 11th World Chess Champion.
Aug-02-10  Damianx: Magic as stated pure genius
Jan-08-11  Ulhumbrus: After 22 gxh5 how shall White make his h5 pawn count? The answer is that he will double his Rooks on the g file and induce the reply ..Bf8 whereupon after h6 the g7 pawn will be pinned agsinst the threat of Rg8 mate and will be unable to capture the h6 pawn, so that instead the h6 pawn will take the pawn on g7.
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  Gilmoy: <RookFile: I have to say, you look at White's king side pawn structure after move 22, it looks like a disaster area for White. It requires great> judgment <to realize it's ok for white.> Not so tough. Half-open g is part of White's strategic plan. The doubled h5-pawn "weakness" solves itself via the <battering ram> tactic: White plans to push it for mayhem regardless. Heck, it's not a weakness at all, it's <another mobile attacker>.

It does take a bit of planning to see that the entire line is fast enough, including the tempi you need for Kh1-Rg1 and the first rook lift. Black has <so much time> to defend that the search space to prove the line winning is enormous. OTOH, White isn't wondering <Can I do this and live>, he's calculating <Does this give practical winning chances>, which is a lot more fun.

Jan-08-11  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 22...Nd5 is 22..Nc8 so that on 23 Ne4 Black can propose an exchange of knights by 23...Nd6. Another way is 22...Nd7 23 Ne4 Nc5.
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  juan31: Un Mate de Gran Maestro, digan u opinen lo que gusten del Maestro Fischer, es un Gigante en su tiempo y aun más, rompe las barreras de ese tiempo, para ser inmortal en el ajedrez.
Aug-31-12  HeMateMe: Geez.."break the Benko"? Horrible pun, great game.
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  Tiggler: <RookFile: I have to say, you look at White's king side pawn structure after move 22, it looks like a disaster area for White. It requires great judgement to realize it's ok for white.>

Actually, the opposite is true. 21. ... h5 was a real meathead move that only helps white, by giving him the half-open g file. A half-open file is one that only one side can profit from. The half-open h file in this case is of no possible future benefit to black.

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  lost in space: Wow! What a brilliant game!
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  Once: Benko seemed hell-bent on self destruction here. I can't think why he gave away a pawn with 21...h5

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Black has not the slightest sniff of a kingside attack, so the only one who is going to profit from the half open g file is white.

Then Fischer does what Fischer did best - he piles on the pressure on the weak pawn on g7. Triple heavy pieces on the file, push the h pawn, exchange off defenders and choose the right moment to exchange.

The finish is stunning, but I'm afraid it's another Benko mistake rather than a long-distance plan by Fischer. Here's the position after 36. Be4

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White has a fabulous position, but he isn't yet ready for the final breakthrough. Black is just about hanging on.

From here, Benko commits suicide with 36...Qc8 allowing the finish we have seen. He really needed to keep his queen in the vicinty of e4 (say 37...Qd6) and then white's queen sac doesn't work because black is covering the subequent killer Bd5+

White would still win, but it would take quite a few more moves. Probably push the (other) h pawn up to h6 to protect the passer then play for piece exchanges to swap into a trivially won endgame.

A well played game by Fischer, although not a classic because of Benko's mistakes and the crude but effective "pile up on the g file" strategy Fischer uses.

Does Qe8+ deserve two exclams? Not for me. It's not particularly deep or hard to see and it only arose from a black error (36...Qc8?). But it's a pretty finish all the same and a worthy GOTD.

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  Garech: Beautiful game; very instuctive how Fischer exploits the light squares after 14...Bxf5.

The pun's a little esoteric for me, but I liked it anyway!



Aug-31-12  Mudphudder: I felt like 31...Bc5? set off the cascade. Which, of course, ended with the spectacular Qe8+!!!!
Aug-31-12  Sem: It's all crystal clear.
Aug-31-12  Tired Tim: Monday problem - 37?
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  kevin86: Black will lose ROOK and QUEEN and will be mated soon after.
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  Tiggler: <Once: Benko seemed hell-bent on self destruction here.>

Perhaps you missed my earlier post about 21. ...h5? This might have been the weakest move of Benko's career until he topped it by giving Fischer his candidates' place in 1970.

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  Chessmensch: PlayPal
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  juan31: A Mate of Grand Master, tell like you want the Maestro Fischer, is a giant in his time and even more, breaks the barriers of the time, to be immortal in chess
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  Tiggler: <juan31: A Mate of Grand Master, tell like you want the Maestro Fischer, is a giant in his time and even more, breaks the barriers of the time, to be immortal in chess>

Hmmm: ?How about the worst WC of all time who never played another rated game after he achieved his personal ambition?

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  juan31: I dont now enof english but reach a dream like a World Champion to me is a Great acomplish, maybe for you is a litle one, but the Maestro is more far of any kind of discusion
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  Tiggler: <juan31> no problem with your english: your meaning is clear enough. But don't you think it was disappointing, to say the least, that he just quit playing? I think he had an obligation that went with his fame.
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  FSR: Horrid game by Benko, particularly ...h5?? as <Tiggler> and <Once> said.
Apr-20-13  mig55: At all, after Re6 pf5xe6 wins also immediatly.
May-26-13  Damianx: how about the best of all time badly treated by others he isn,t the only one to tell them to jam it but it was 70s do you think Kasparov would of backed down
May-08-14  sicilianhugefun: Impressive, fantastic, stupendous, GENIUS.... What else!?
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