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Laszlo Szabo vs Erik Ruben Lundin
Saltsj÷baden Interzonal (1948), Stockholm SWE, rd 19, Aug-14
Benko Gambit: Accepted. Fully Accepted Variation (A58)  ·  0-1


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  kevin86: It looks like we are headed for rook vs five pawns-a crushing win for black in this position.
Nov-28-04  percyblakeney: The only game Lundin won in Saltsj÷baden's Interzonal in 1948 stopped Szabo from sharing first place with Bronstein:
Oct-31-06  Resignation Trap: Laszlo Szabo had this to say about this stinging loss from the last round:

"Neither of us handled the early middle game accurately (only a few games in this gambit were known in those days), and I had a chance to win after 25 moves."

"I had just begun to ponder over my 26th move, when pandemonium broke out in the hall. A person possibly drunk had rushed to Bronstein's table and swept the pieces off the board [Bronstein vs Tartakower, 1948 ]. The organizers immediately ran to the scene and tried to eject the trouble-maker from the hall. It was during this upheaval that I committed my most serious tactical error of my life, the consequences of which haunted me for years: I immediately played 26.Qc7!"

"As soon as I moved, the tournament arbiter ordered all clocks to be stopped, and suspended play until order was restored. Lundin was able to contemplate for half an hour, just as I could have done, had I not played my 26th move in such a hurry. the answer of the Swedish Grandmaster was naturally 26...Qxb2, after which I lost the game and the first prize, whereas events would very likely have developed in my favor, had I continued continued with 26.Qc8+ Kg7 27.Qc3! Is that only my opinion? I think that I had better answer this with a quotation from the book Svetozar Gligoric and Aleksandar Matanovic wrote about the Portoroz Interzonal Tournament of 1958: <[Szabo] won the great Budapest international tournament of 1948, and played in 'the tournament of his life' in the same year. Saltsjobaden hosted the first Interzonal Tournament. The last round disclosed the tragic side of Szabo's chess personality, which has haunted him ever since in all of his subsequent competitions>."

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  gambitfan: Lundin is supposed to have introduced the Benko Gambit into tournament play, did not he ?
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  Gypsy: <gambitfan> Yes and no. He definitely is a co-father. He probably is the father of the Benko as it is played today, with d6-e7 pawn chain, and flanking push along the a-b files. But the older, Volga version, with e6 and a central counterstrike, has been tried a few times in the 1930's. See for instance J Dobias vs Opocensky, 1934 and Ragozin vs Menchik, 1935.
Jun-20-13  phil6875: Szabo's right, events would very likely have developed in his favor, but not so much with the 26. Qc8+ line he quotes. Much better would have been 26. Qc3 Ra4 27. Nc4 Nxe4 28. Nxb6 Nxc3 29. bxc3 Rxa3
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