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Robert Eugene Byrne vs Pal Benko
US Championship (1963/64), New York, NY USA, rd 1, Dec-15
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  0-1
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May-10-07  Dowell318: As far as I can tell, if Byrne had played 88.Re8, he could have held the draw. My analysis is that 88.Rf7, the move played, loses.
Mar-26-08  Resignation Trap: This long game was adjourned twice and not finished until after round six.
May-30-08  Fast Gun: Is this not the same US Championship where Fischer won with a clean sweep of 11 - 0 ?
Mar-26-16  Howard: Indeed it was !
Jun-30-19  woldsmandriffield: After mounting an excellent defence, Byrne finally went wrong here:


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95 Ra4? allowed 95..Rd1+ 96 Ke2 Rd3. White can prevent this possibility by 95 Ra3. However, the strongest defensive idea is 95 Ra8(!) because of the trick 95..Rd1+ 96 Ke2 Rd3 97 Re8+ Kf6 98 g4! draw.

Jun-30-19
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  perfidious: Had not realised what a hard time Byrne had at Benko's hands: two wins in their 24 games in this DB, with most of the eleven draws being of the GM variety. Hard to believe Byrne, who gave Fischer such difficulties in their games, was often beaten like a borrowed mule in his encounters with Benko, who generally fared rather less well with the perennial American titleholder of those days. I suspect a clash of styles was at work here.
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