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Robert Durkin vs John W Collins
58th US Open (1957), Cleveland, OH USA, rd 1, Aug-05
Sodium Attack: General (A00)  ·  1-0


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  Phony Benoni: Durkin wins again, though the result is probably not due to the opening. He takes it into a Stonewall attack, then clears the d4-square for the offside knight with 10.dxc5. It simply gets there via a3-b5 instead of d2-b3; nothing unusual.

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In this position, <21...a5> looks like the error. Perhaps Collins was trying to persecute the cheeky knight, but he miscalulated the resulting complications. Note that he can't improve on the game line with <22.c4 dxc4 23.Bxc4+ Kg7 24.Bxa5 Qc6+ 25.Qg2 Qxc4 26.Bxd8 Rxd8>. The ♗f6 is now protected, but also trapped after 27.g5.

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  Phony Benoni: Collins must have been impressed. Here's the start of his game in round 8 as White against Anthony Santasiere:

<1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 g6 3.e3 Bg7 4.Be2 e6 5.0-0 Ne7 6.d3 c5 7.c3 Nbc6 8.e4 b6 9.Na3>

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A form of the Durkin Stonewall! Santasiere has been careful to keep control on d4; Collins eventually played d4 and dxc5, but Black was able to recapture with the b-pawn. The game ended in a draw after 91 moves, and will soon be available in a database near you.

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