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Laszlo Szabo vs Pal Benko
HUN ch 1951  ·  Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Leonhardt Variation (B88)  ·  0-1
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Jan-21-05  MidnightDuffer: Excellent pin performed by Benko in this 1951 Hungarian Championship game to guarantee victory;

In the book, "Winning with Chess Psychology" Pal relates how he was in a friendly argument with Yuri Averbakh about Boleslavsky's book on the Sicilian; Benko says, it does not mention the Najdorf variation at all? How can this be??? "Averbakh insisted that the variation was in the book." The variation was in the book, but not under that name.

Benko writes this anecdote:

"Which reminds me of a joke they tell in Hungary. At a technology exhibition in Moscow, every great invention on display from the telephone to the internal combustion engine is identified as being invented by "Ivan Ivanovich Ivanov." Near the exit is a large portrait. "Is that Ivan Ivanovich Ivanov, the man who invented all these things?" asks a visitor. "No," replies his friend. "That's the man who invented Ivan Ivanovich Ivanov."

Jan-21-05  Saruman: Why not take the draw with 26.Qf6 Rxd4! 27.cxd4 gxf5 28.Qg5+ Kh8 29.Qf6+ with perpetual?
Jan-21-05  Saruman: Perhaps Szabo was so interested in winning that he forgot Benko's resources completly!The Q manuever with 28.-Qc7 29.g3 Qc6+ 30.R5f3 Re1! 31.Rxe1(Qh6?? Qxf3+! Kg1 Rxf1#) Qxf3+ 32.Kg1 Ba7+ 33.Bd4 Qxc3!!...Is very instructive.
Jan-25-05  Saruman: Do I miss something or can white play play 23.Qe5? f6 seems to be the only move (-Bf6!? Rxf6! gxf6?? Qg3+ Kh8 Bxf6#). If black responds with 23.-f6 his pawnstructure would be weaker. And to sac the exchange with 23.-Rxd4 doesnt seem very attractive. Note that after 23.-Rxd4!? 24.Qxd4 Rd8?? fails to 25.Qxd8+! Bxd8 26.Rxd8#. Perhaps the most important variation would be;

23.Qe5 Bf6!? 24.Rxf6! Rxd4!? 25.Qxd4 gxf6 26.Qxf6 and white remains on top.

Jan-25-05  Saruman: Of course 23.Qe5 <f6> remains to be analyzed. After that black seems to hold on; atleast for the moment.
Jan-04-13  m3ph1st0s: Why not 27.Qh6 forcing winning an exchange? What's the problem with 27...Rxf6 28.Rxf6 I don't see any threat
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