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Joel Benjamin vs John Bartholomew
World Open: Open Section (2003), Philadelpha, PA USA, rd 2, Jul-03
Scandinavian Defense: Main Lines (B01)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Feb-15-04  GoodKnight: So many repeated moves!!!
Apr-28-04  f1list: 33. Rh3 might have been attempted but it is also drawish
Apr-28-04  hongisto24: this kid is good! look out for him in US championships to come
Jun-26-04
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  patzer2: Joel Benjamin demonstrates a pretty double Bishop sacrifice in this game followed by a Queen check to deflect the King and a Rook lift to followup.
Sep-08-04  G. Svan: Would 19 Ra3 have been wiser?
Nov-27-04  aw1988: 19. Ra3? is not keeping in spirit with the bishop sacrifice- it loses because white needs to move the bishop before he can transfer his rook and even then black would have enough defensive resources. The silicon monster recommends f6, and after Bd4 e5 Bxc5 Qxc5 Rh3+ Kg8, black is very solid.
Sep-26-05  Kwesi: What happens if 22 Qf6+ ?
Apr-16-06  CitricAcid13: I agree with Kwesi, this keeps the tempo because of the check and prevents ...f6 or ...f5. Re3 or Ra3 then leads to an unstoppable checkmate right?
Apr-17-06
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  beatgiant: <Kwesi, CitricAcid13> On 22. Qf6+ Kg8 23. Ra3 Ne4, I still don't see the <unstoppable checkmate>. I think GM Benjamin's line in the actual game was proper.
May-05-06  spirit: The classic double b sac has traditionally been a winner for whyte.This is not a classic.13...Bb7 and 15...c5 mitigated this.if 22 Ra3 blac's counter b sac on g2 would have dried whyte.perhaps this explains the repetitiousness and drawishness of the game...
May-05-06  DP12: Black had too much going for him to make something like this work
Oct-20-18
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  fredthebear: <beat giant: On 22. Qf6+ Kg8 23. Ra3 Ne4, I still don't see the <unstoppable checkmate>. I think GM Benjamin's line in the actual game was proper.>

22.Qf6+ looked good initially, but I agree with your assessment. Black's Ne4 throws a monkey wrench into White's plans.

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