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Pal Benko vs Paul Keres
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Bled, Zagreb & Belgrade YUG, rd 5, Sep-14
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  0-1


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Jan-15-09  kurtdereli: Why did Benko resign?
Zeitnot or are there winning combination?
Jan-15-09  Hafen Slawkenbergius: It looks as if he lost on time. But more interesting than that: why do they consider 38...Re8 a rook sacrifice?
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  Open Defence: what did Keres hope to achieve with 7...Bb4?
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  DrGridlock: <kurtdereli: Why did Benko resign?>

After 39 ... nxc2 (the only playable continuation for black), Rybka scores it .30 after:

Bc5 Rd8
Rd3 Ne1
Rd2 Nxg2
Kxg2 Kf8

Small advantage for white, but certainly not a position he needs to resign. Losing on time seems the logical conclusion.

Nov-12-13  zydeco: 14.exd4 and 23.Nf4 seem to give white a comfortable advantage. Keres' sequence is awesome from move 24 to 38 (and it all feels like the same idea): he takes a static position where he's suffering a positional cramp, opens it up, turns white's advanced pawns into weaknesses, and coordinates an invasion of white's position.
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  dernier loup de T: Benk÷, following Harry Golombek (book of the tournament) lost on time by playing his last move... it may be reminded that Benk÷ was often under time pressure, and unlike Reshevsky and Kortchno´ for instance, was not a good blitz player enough to compensate it...
Jun-20-17  RookFile: Yeah, it's too bad. This could have been a nice Benko win. It sure seemed like he had an advantage out of the opening.
Jun-20-17  Olavi: To be fair, Keres did outplay Benko. Ragozin gives 38...Rxd2 39.Rxd2 Rxa3 as winning (40.Bc5 Rd3).
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