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Pal Benko vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Bled, Zagreb & Belgrade YUG, rd 27, Oct-26
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Main Lines (D27)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  samsloan: I think this must be the game mentioned in the recent article by Benko. Benko adjourned in a difficult position against Petrosian. Benko asked Bisguier for his help in adjourned position analysis. Fischer said "I forbid" Bisguier to help Benko. Apparently Fischer did not realize that Bisguier had been assigned to help Benko if Fischer did not need it. Benko hit Fischer but then realized that Fischer was mentally ill so they got along famously after that.
Mar-26-16  Howard: Not likely, because this game took place near the very end of the tournament. In the "recent article" that you referred to (which, by the way, just appeared in the most recent issue of New in Chess---2016/2), Benko said/implied that the adjourned game against Petrosian which caused some physical altercations with Fischer, took place early in the event.

The first game Benko and Petrosian played in the event, was in Round 6. That was probably the game in question.

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  samsloan: Sorry. We both had the wrong event. It was the 1962 Candidates where Benko had the altercation with Fischer. Benko had won the first two games and was leading when the altercation took place.
Apr-08-16  Howard: Not to sound picky, but I did have the right event----I just forgot to mention Curacao!

It's always been a well-known fact that Fischer and Benko's unfortunate altercation took place at Curacao, in 1962. The book Profile of a Prodigy briefly describes it.

Apparently, Fischer was of the opinion that Bisguier should give him priority over Benko, as far as helping to analyze adjournments. But, given that Benko got off to a much better start at Curacao than Fischer did, Benko felt that HE ought to have priority--or at least, for now.

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  offramp: Sam, it's nice to see you back here. I was rooting for you as a Democrat candidate but I'm disbarred from voting.
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