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Pal Benko vs Fridrik Olafsson
Stockholm Interzonal (1962), Stockholm SWE, rd 9, Feb-10
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Neo Catalan Declined (A14)  ·  0-1


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May-11-06  Runemaster: 26.Bd4 is a horrible blunder in the true sense of the word and genuinely worthy of ?? - it's an obvious mistake that loses a rook straight away, not just an inferior move that required some exploitation by the opponent.

I think that "??" and "blunder" are thrown around far too often in chess commentary.

Anyway, the game shows that even a very strong opponent like Benko can be made more likely to go wrong if pressure is applied; Olafsson gave him enough other things to worry about.

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  fm avari viraf: In the previous game, Olafsson won a Rook against M.Aaron & now against Pal Benko too! I think, he is a magician making his opponents sleep over the board.
Aug-19-14  zydeco: Jeez, Benko could really be a horrible blunderer. I'm trying to think of which other world-class GMs are known for an inordinate number of blunders. Szabo comes to mind. Chigorin hung a piece in a world championship match but I don't know if that was a one-off instance or not. I think I remember Reti saying that Rubinstein blundered surprisingly frequently. Any modern examples?
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  perfidious: One such howler was provided by another time trouble addict in Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1977, the third of four consecutive defeats in one phase, Korchnoi otherwise scoring +7 =7 in the match.

Do not recall any particular blunder which cost Chigorin a piece, but his king went in the notorious outing Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1892.

Aug-20-14  zydeco: <perfidious> Thanks. Chigorin was up a piece when he got mated....that's what I was thinking of.
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