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Isaac Kashdan vs Thomas A Jenkins
49th US Open (1948), Baltimore, MD USA, rd 1, Jul-05
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Classical Variation General (B72)  ·  1-0


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  Phony Benoni: Typical game for a grandmaster in the first round of a Swiss. A positional crush, enlivened by a few one-sided tactical side shows. First, the position after <17...Ne8>:

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This is already looking icky for Black, and <18.e5> ensured he would be imprisoned without chance of parole. WIth 18...dxe5 out of the question, Black created another hole with <18...d5> only to find after <19.Nc5> he would have to give up the exchange to protect the bishop stuck on d7.

But Black was a fighter who would later play in around 30 US Opens, and tried <19...Rc7 20.Bxc7 Qxc7> However, Kashdan then threw in <21.Bxd5>, with the bishop protected by the idea 21...exd5 22.Nxd5 Qd8 23.Nxd7 Qxd7 24.Nf6+.

Flash forward to the position after <30...Bh8>:

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This is just getting worse, and <31.Nd5> increased Black's sufferings even further. Before, it was the knight following up a bishop sacrifice on d5. Now, it's the other way around: after 31...exd5 32.Bxd5 the threat of 33.e6 would be devastating.

Black shouldered on, but the final position was too much for even him:

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Round 1 (Monday, July 5)
from US Open 1948, Baltimore by Phony Benoni

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