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Pal Benko vs Robert James Fischer
"Hungary for a Win" (game of the day Sep-02-14)
Curacao Candidates (1962)  ·  Hungarian Opening: Indian Defense (A00)  ·  1-0
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  perfidious: <kingscrusher>: Of course, though it should be noted that Benko's chivalrous gesture would have amounted to naught, had any of those who placed below him in the 1969 zonal declined their rights to the spot vacated by Benko.
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  AylerKupp: <perfidious> I think that you meant to say "had any had any of those who placed below him in the 1969 zonal <not> declined their rights to the spot vacated by Benko." Still, it was a great gesture, and I doubt that either Reshevsky (1st place) or Addison (2nd place) would have made it (certainly not Reshevsky!), and he should be commended for it.

I wonder if Fischer ever thanked him or even acknowledged this gesture?

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  harrylime: <kingscrusher: Does everyone realise what Pal Benko did for Fischer later?!>...

You mean what Benko did for chess.

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  perfidious: <AylerKupp>: That may well be, as I just read back what I hen-pecked and realised instantly that it conveyed precisely the opposite of what I intended.

That idiot internal editor, falling asleep at the wheel again! Retribution shall be swift and severe.

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  kingscrusher: Perhaps this opening should be classified as "Benko's Opening" to respect Benko ....'...

Jul-25-13  Nerwal: <Perhaps this opening should be classified as "Benko's Opening" to respect Benko ....>

It's not so clear. The normal way to reach the position after move 8 would be the fianchetto line of the Pirc defence : 1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 0-0 6. Nge2 e5 7. 0-0 c6, ie B07 - Sveshnikov system.

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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

I prefer myself "Benko's opening" even though technically you should assess the positions later for opening classification.

However, I think it is more cultural just to show the identification after the 1st move in this instance.

Cheers, K

May-18-14  satkul: benko played nice
Aug-23-14  ljfyffe: Duncan Suttles-P. Keglevic 1978 correspondence <1g3 d5 2d3 e5 3Bg2 Nf6 4Nf3 Bd6 5Nbd2 0-0 6e4 c6 70-0 a5 8Re1 Nbd7 9b3 a4 10exd5 cxd5 11a3 axb3 12Nxb3 Qc7 13c4 dxc4 14 dxc4 Re8 15Bb2 h6 16Rc1 Qb6 17Qc2 Bxa3 18Ra1 Qb4 19Bxe5 Ra6 20Bc3 Rxe1+ 21Rxe1 Qf8 22Nfd4 Nc5 23Nb5 Nxb3 24Nc7 Nc5 25Bxf6 Ne6 26Nxa6 gxf6 27Rxe6 fxe6 28Qg6+ Qg7 29Qe8+ Qf8 30Qg6+ .5-.5>
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  Garech: Beautiful game, it should be GOTD someday.


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  Mating Net: Only off by a day, not too shabby,<Garech>
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  HeMateMe: Hey, Garech got his wish! Pal B. was hungry from Hungary.
Sep-02-14  Ferferi: A crushing defeat, marking the start of a horrible tournament for Fischer who obviously under-estimated Benko's abilities. He kept whining about Curacao later on, but on a deeper level, he certainly learned a valuable lesson from it.

I read somewhere (can't remember the source) that Fischer and Benko had a little "episode" halfway through the tournament. Benko was playing as an American, and he asks for Arthur Bisguier's assistance in analysis of some adjourned position. Bobby refuses to let Bisguier leave (because they were working on Bobby's own adjourned game at that moment), and things between them get very ugly.

Nevertheless, it was none other than Benko who let Bobby take his place in the Interzonal in 1970. Probably Benko's most significant "move" of his career.

Great game!

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Personally, I think this game should be classified as a 4.g3 Pirc, a quietly poisonous little variation; in fact, this game represents the supreme example of what can befall Black.
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  morfishine: Hurray for Benko and hurray for <CG>! We need more Benko wins
Sep-02-14  pedro99: Apparently Benko introduced Fischer to the joys of the opposite sex during the Buenos Aires 1960 tournament, much to the detriment of his chess (8.5/19- his worst ever). I think there was something of a caring/warring fraternal relationship between the two. (Fischer later called Spassky a 'frenemy')
Sep-02-14  ljfyffe: <Okay, it's obviously time to call in the Bonko Squad!">
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  Garech: Lol, well that was unexpected!


I should definitely win the lottery someday.

(I hope God is still listening).


Sep-02-14  Tim Delaney: It looks like white can eventually escape perpetual check by getting to e4 which threatens to play kd5. The only check is Qh1 and then kf4 ends the perpetual.
Sep-02-14  posoo: AN ENGLUISHMO, what are you DOING? It is not da evening. Are u just injoying sounding engluish!?
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  kevin86: Take this one to the Benko!
A rare loss by the Bobby.
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  Castleinthesky: I just got done reading a biography of Fischer, "Endgame" by Frank Brady. Brady tells about a physical altercation between Fischer and Benko after Fischer told Benko to leave Fischer's hotel room during a gathering of the tournament's players. Fischer then tried (unsuccessfully) to get Benko kicked out of the tournament.
Sep-02-14  Howard: In Brady's earlier book Profile of a Prodigy, he states that the confrontation between Benko and Fischer came about because Bisguier was to serve as a second for BOTH Fischer and Benko. The USCF budget apparently couldn't afford a second for each of them (in sharp contrast to the might Soviets, who would have had a whole battery of seconds !).

But Fischer felt that since he had the better chances of placing first, that therefore Bisguier should give his adjourned games priority over Benko's. However, Benko didn't see it that way. The two men got into a heated argument over it in the hotel room.

Sep-02-14  Petrosianic: <The USCF budget apparently couldn't afford a second for each of them.

To be precise, they couldn't afford a second second.

Sep-02-14  Dr. Overlord: <Petrosianic> <To be precise, they couldn't afford a second second.>

I second that opinion.

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