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Mikhail Tal vs Pal Benko
"My Pal Tal" (game of the day Apr-19-2014)
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Bled, Zagreb & Belgrade YUG, rd 14, Sep-29
Sicilian Defense: Hyperaccelerated Dragon (B27)  ·  1-0


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Feb-17-06  Resignation Trap: <whatthefat> No, THIS is the correct score (with 8...a6). The other "copy" of this game, Tal vs Benko, 1959 , erroneously shows Black's 8th move as 8...a5. With the Black pawn on a5, White would simply clip off the pawn on b5 for free on move 13.
Jun-26-06  tonsillolith: What characterizes the Hyperaccelerated Pterodactyl opening? This is the first time I heard of it. Is it a sound opening?
Jun-26-06  RookFile: I thought in playing over this that Benko was going to win. Tal's clearance move 23. Bf8 detonates a nuclear bomb on Black's position.
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  Eric Schiller: This is not a Pterodactyl. A Pterodactyl requires ...Qa5. This is just a Hyperaccelerated Dragon. See
Jun-26-06  euripides: In ornithological terms, 'hyperaccelerated pterodcatyl' is not a bad description of a dragon.
Jul-20-07  smarterthanbobby: brillant end attack
Jul-21-07  elLocoEvans: giving q-side pawns for an attack on the king? hmm this seems common to all Mikhails, including Botvinnik. BTW, superb site that above. Lots of articles!
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  thegoodanarchist: This is a brutal destruction of Benko by the king of all tactics.
Feb-16-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: PINS AGAINST SQUARES

Tal vs Benko, 1959 30 Rh6-h8+! Black g7-bishop pinned to g8-flight sq of f8-king

Feb-16-12  notyetagm: PGN

[Event "Bled"]
[Site "Bled"]
[Date "1959.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Mikhail Tal"]
[Black "Pal Benko"]
[ECO "B27"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "59"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.d5 d6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Bb5+ Nbd7 7.a4 O-O 8.O-O a6 9.Be2 Rb8 10.Re1 Ne8 11.Bf4 Nc7 12.Bf1 b5 13.Qd2 Re8 14.h3 Nf6 15.Rad1 Bd7 16.e5 b4 17.Ne4 Nxe4 18.Rxe4 Bxa4 19.Bh6 Bh8 20.Rde1 f6 21.e6 f5 22.Rh4 Bxb2 23.Bf8 Rxf8 24.Qh6 Rf7 25.exf7 Kxf7 26.Qxh7+ Bg7 27.Rh6 Qg8 28.Qxg6+ Kf8 29.Ng5 Qxd5 30.Rh8+ 1-0

Feb-16-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: TIYDIIIS - THAT IS YOUR DEFENDER IT INTERPOSES I

Tal vs Benko, 1959 30 Rh6-h8+! Black g7-bishop shields g6-queen from g8-flight sq

Feb-16-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: OVERLOADED! OVERLOADED! OVERLOADED! OVERLOADED!

Tal vs Benko, 1959 30 Rh6-h8+! Black g7-bishop cannot shield g8-sq, protect h8-sq

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  zydeco: Black looks to be much better off than in the game continuation if he plays 20.....dxe5 21.Nxe5 Bxe5 22.Rxe5 Bb5! (or 22.....f6 first: and the exchange sacrifice with 23.Bc4 fxe5 24.d6+ [24.Qe3 Qd6] e6 25.dxc7 Qxd2 doesn't pay off).

(Not 21.....Qxd5?? 22.Bc4; if 21.....Nxd5 white can reach a better endgame with 22.b3 Nc3 23.bxa4 Nxe4 24.Rxe4 Bxe5 25.Rxe5 Qxd2 26.Bxd2 and black has too many weak pawns)

Nov-21-13  Balmo: This is simply a brilliant game from Tal. Never seen the early pawn to d5 in the accelerated dragon before. His attack is devastating, 23. Bf8!! 29. Ng5!
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  Mating Net: 23.Bf8! has to be one of the best, if not the best, pure clearance sacrifices ever played.
Apr-19-14  RookFile: Tal was just a nice friendly guy who wanted to rip your head off. :)
Apr-19-14  morfishine: Benko will be known for (1) endgame studies & (2) being the victim of brilliancies

But Benko himself won many brilliant games highlighted by electrifying tactics...really, I'm not making that up...hello, anybody there?...


Apr-19-14  Howard: Yes, I'm here....and I don't doubt what you said about Benko. He has certainly had a very long, illustrious career.

Some people don't realize how especially good he was from about 1958-62. After all, he made the Candidates twice in a row.

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  kevin86: After bishop takes, knight mates.

Another sac win by Tal

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  Domdaniel: I'm reluctant to query Dr Schiller on opening classification ... but, while this is certainly a Hyper-accelerated Dragon, as he says, the position can also arise from a Pirc or a Schmid Benoni.
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  Richard Taylor: Benko stepped aside so that Fischer could play (I think it was in the Candidates ) and thus allowed Fischer to go through.

Benko then I think mainly devoted himself to studies but he was a very strong player for sure.

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  FSR: <Domdaniel> I would call this a Schmid Benoni by transposition. If one looks at the position after White's 8th move, it could plausibly have arisen after 1.d4 c5 2.d5 Nf6 3.Nc3 d6 4.e4 g6 5.Bb5+ Nbd7 6.a4 Bg7 7.Nf3 0-0 8.0-0. classifies most of the games that have reached this position as being A43, "Old Benoni."
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  Domdaniel: <FSR> I agree ... White's d5 is perhaps the clearest defining factor, which points us to a Schmid (or Old) Benoni.
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  perfidious: The Opening Oracle here does not handle certain transpositions at all well, in particular Sicilians of the Maroczy Bind variety.

One sure way to gum up the works is to begin 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 g6 6.e4. Opening Explorer

Nov-27-14  gmelfranco: excelente maestro como ataca a la drag“n una defensa muy aguda ummmmmmmmm - gracias por la ense—anza!!
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