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Pal Benko vs Israel Albert Horowitz
USA-ch (1968), New York, NY USA, rd 9, Jul-??
Reti Opening: Anglo-Slav. Bogoljubow Variation Stonewall Line (A12)  ·  1-0
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Jun-27-05  briiian13: this and the windmill are actually my favorite themes, which ive accomplished only ONCE each, against real opponents in my several years of playing chess.
Jun-27-05  Boomie: <paul dorian> Good find. 9. cxd5 is better after 8...a4. I couldn't find any advantage for white after taking the a-pawn.

8... a4 9. cxd5 exd5 10. b4

(10. bxa4 ♘e4 11. d3 ♗f6 12. ♕c2 ♗xb2 13. ♕xb2 ♘g5 14. ♘xg5 ♕xg5= (-0.09) D=12)

10... ♘e4 11. d3 ♗f6 12. ♕c2 ♗xb2 13. ♕xb2 ♘d6= (0.00) D=13)

Jun-27-05  Boomie: <sfm> 13...♔h8 runs into some tactical problems. To start black loses a pawn. The white pieces are powerfully located and sudden mate hangs over the long diagonal.

13... ♔h8 14. ♘xd5 ♘c5 15. ♖ad1 ♗e6 16. ♕c3 ♗xd5 17. ♖xd5 ♕b6

(17... ♘xd5 18. ♘g6+)

18. ♘c4 ♕c7 19. ♘d6 ♖ad8 (2.60) D=13

(19... ♗xd6 20. ♕xf6 ♘e6 21. ♕f5 (3.29) D=12)

Jun-27-05  fgh: Ridiculously easy, even for Monday.
Jun-27-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  bumpmobile: Does anyone have any thoughts about the strange looking 7...a5? I can't see that it attacks, defends, or frees any pieces.
Jun-28-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: An amusing tale: the only time I got caught in Philidor's Legacy was on the Black side of a Benko Gambit, of all openings, back in 1974.
Jun-28-05  Halldor: <paul dorion: <Halldor> 20 Qb3 wins the Nc2 (20 ...Rc8 21 Rc1.) 20 Qb3 Nxa3 Bxa3 is as bad as in the game>

Good comment, I overlooked this trap of the knight. But now I see that even 20. Qxb7 doesn't let the knight slip away either, 20...Rd8 21. Qe4 Nxa3 22. Qa4!

Jun-28-05  paul dorion: <boomie> One also got to look at 9 d3 supporting the c4 pawn. Looks better and does not ease the tension in the center.
Jun-28-05  paul dorion: <halldor> yes , looks decisive. White queen is just too strong.
Jun-28-05  paul dorion: <bumpmobile> a5 is a try to stop white from expanding on the queenside. The center is pretty stable so play on the wings is a possibility for both sides. See Reti-Lasker 1924.
Jun-29-05  Boomie: <paul dorian> Here's Fritz's top five list for white's ninth move at depth 15. Notice that after 9. d3, white plays d4 two moves later.

9. cxd5 exd5 10. d4 ♘c6 11. ♘c3 ♗e6 12. ♘a4 c4 13. ♘e5 ♘xe5 14. dxe5 ♘g4 15. bxc4 dxc4 (0.35)

9. d4 cxd4 10. ♕xd4 ♘c6 11. ♕c3 ♕d6 12. ♘bd2 ♖d8 13. cxd5 ♕xd5 14. ♘c4 ♕e4 15. ♖fd1 (0.22)

9. d3 ♘c6 10. cxd5 exd5 11. d4 ♘e4 12. dxc5 ♗xc5 13. ♘c3 ♘xc3 14. ♗xc3 d4 15. ♗b2 ♗f5 (0.05)

9. ♘c3 d4 10. ♘a4 ♘c6 11. ♘e1 ♘d7 12. ♘d3 e5 13. f4 exf4 14. ♘xf4 ♗d6 (0.02)

9. e3 a4 10. cxd5 axb3 11. dxe6 ♗xe6 12. d3 ♘g4 13. h3 ♗f6 14. d4 ♘h6 15. ♘c3 (0.01)

Aug-29-10  sevenseaman:


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Nxd5 here kind of sets the ball rolling for White, inexorably to the bitter end.Be6 makes more defensive sense.

Aug-29-10  sevenseaman: As <TheAlchemist> points out N on b3 is on an irrelevant mission, totally wasteful; as thoguh gathering material is an end in itself.
Jan-02-11  redorc19: What if 19... Rf6?
Jan-02-11  laskereshevsky: <What if 19... Rf6?>

I think its enough 20.♗xf6 ♙xf6 21.♖xa1....

(if 20. ...♗xf6 21.♘f7+ ♔g8 22.♘d6+)

Jan-02-11
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  Phony Benoni: <redorc19> After <19...Rf6>


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Simply 20.Bxf6 gxf6 (20...Bxf6 21.Nf7+ Kg8 22.Nd6+ wins the queen) 21.Rxa1 leaves White a piece ahead. Probably even better is 20.Nf7+ Rxf7 21.Qxf7, threatening mate as well as two of Black's pieces.

I don't know if Horowitz missed the smothered mate or not. He was old and tired, but not <that> old and tired. Besides, he was also a great showman and knew the game was lost in any event.

Jan-02-11  AnalyzeThis: He may not have even thought about it. His thinking might have been like this: "If I can't save the knight with Nc2 I'm going to lose anyway."

When you're lost, you're lost.

Mar-22-12  wordfunph: hehe, i'm sure master Horowitz didn't expect the smothered mate 20.Qg8+ coz he tried to save his ailing knight on a1 with 19...Nc2
May-28-12  vinidivici: What happened if black 17...Rxf7 ??
May-28-12  vinidivici: anyone?
May-28-12  The Big Lebowski: Wow what a beautiful finish by Benko!
May-29-12  vinidivici: if black 17...Rxf7 ??
May-29-12
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  Sastre: 17...Rxf7 18.Bxd5 Qf8 19.Rxa1.
May-29-12  vinidivici: <sastre> so?
May-29-12  vinidivici: <sastre> so so
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