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Pal Benko vs Svetozar Gligoric
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Bled, Zagreb & Belgrade YUG, rd 1, Sep-07
Indian Game: West Indian Defense (E61)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Oct-05-08  ughaibu: After 35....g4, isn't it black who's having all the fun?
Oct-05-08  satch boogie: <ughaibu> Not necessarily. Let's say... After 35...g4
36.fxg4 fxg4
37.Qc8+ (...Re8 following would be useless b/c Qxg4+)

Qc8+ is inevitable if 35...g4

Black doesn't have a great posistion.

Oct-05-08  ughaibu: Yes, I think you're correct.
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  wordfunph: story behind this game according to GM Pal Benko from his book Pal Benko - My Life, Games and Compositions..

"Gligo was an extremely strong player who ruled Yugoslav chess for decades. I played him several times, and time pressure almost always played a part in the result. A good example is from round one of the 1959 Candidates Tournament. Gligoric played badly in the opening and, in my desire to wipe him out, I used huge amounts of time on obvious moves, declining a draw in the process.

Unfortunately, my opponent refused to be blownaway and by move 35 (I had to reach move 40 to make the time control) I realized I had no time left at all. Still much better, I offered a draw and Gligoric stopped the clocks and accepted. As we got up to leave, a curious spectator rushed up to our table and pressed my clock to see how much time I had left and, my flag instantly fell!"

- GM Pal Benko

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  brankat: Gligoric has always been a class act.
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