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Pal Benko vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Curacao Candidates (1962), Willemstad CUW, rd 5, May-09
Hungarian Opening: Symmetrical Variation (A00)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  offramp: Round 5 of the Curacao Candidates (1962), 9th May 1962.

Petrosian went through this huge tournament undefeated; he became world champion next year losing only two games in the match v Botvinnik.

But Petrosian had some scares at Curacao. Strange as it may sound, if Benko had won this game he would have been in undisputed first place!

After 55...Kg7

click for larger view is obvious that white has an advantage. He played 56.Ba4 and the game was drawn.

He should have played 56.Ke5! White's king and bishop are both very strong, black's pawns and knight are weak.

Play might go ...

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56...Kf8 (trying to keep the white king out; white cannot now play the attractive-looking 57.Ke6??) 57.Ba2 Ke7 58.f4 Nc5 59.Kd4.

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Black has lots of problems. His king has to remain near the h7&g6 pawns in case white plays Bg8.

Feb-25-14  RookFile: A terrific defensive effort by Petrosian.
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