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|Jul-15-14|| ||NBAFan: Happy birthday Mr. Benko!|
|Jul-15-14|| ||HeMateMe: But for Pal Benko, Bobby Fischer would not have become world champion of chess.|
|Jul-19-14|| ||Howard: If one wanted to accurately summarize the story of how Fischer got a "free ticket" into the 1970 interzonal, it would go like this...|
Fischer opted not to play in the 1969 U.S. championship with the main reason probably being that he had complained for the last few years that it ought to be a longer tournament---he felt that with only 12 players competing (as was the case back in the 1960's), there was too much of a luck element involved. In other words, he felt that a longer tournament would probably produce a more accurate result.
In fact, he had passed up the 1968 event too. The late Larry Evans won it, and it was his third time around.
So the 1969 championship went on without Bobby. Reshevsky, Benko, and Addison took the top three players, and they no doubt were looking forward to the Interzonal, the following year.
But there was this strong nagging feeling among many people--including at the USCF--that given the fact that Fischer was obviously the strongest player in the U.S. (by far !) and also that he was certainly one of the top 6-7 players in the world at the time (before anyone claims that he was #1, keep in mind that he'd not played in any super-tough events in 1968 or 1969---thus, his recent track record was thin, at best.
So the USCF--with Ed Edmondson probably being the leading advocate--contacted FIDE and after a lot of wrangling, debate etc, FIDE stated that if one of the three American qualifers would be willing to step aside and let Fischer go to the interzonal in his place, then FIDE would accept that arrangement.
Benko immediately offered to let Fischer take his place. However, the other nine players in the championship (who'd placed below the top three) had to waive any claims to that spot. In other words, any one of them could have said, in effect, "Well, if Benko doesn't want his spot, then why can't I(!) have it ??! I took part in the 1969 championship and tried hard to make it into the top three but didn't. Fischer opted not to play---that was his decision/fault." Why should he go to the interzonal instead of me or one of the players who took part?"
At any rate, the other players ceded their rights to Fischer, and so he thus "parachuted" into the interzonal.
The rest of the story is, of course, quite well known. Come 1972, Fischer became the 11th world chess championship.
Incidentally, Benko not only commented on the matter in 1975 (as stated above), but in 1981 he did so again in Chess Life (formerly Chess Life and Review). He briefly summarized why he gave his spot to Bobby, and then concluded by saying, "When Fischer became world champion, I was certainly pleased that he justified my decision. But after that..."
Well put, Mr. Benko !
|Jul-20-14|| ||Lt.Surena: God forbid the scam was not perpetrated by the the so-called 'Russians' or we would never hear the end of it. Clowns like Evans, Soltis, Browne and Timman would never stop talking/or pounding their chests about it.|
Also, FIDE's chief stooge/puppet aka. Euwe would never agree to the scam unless western players benefited from it.
|Jul-20-14|| ||Karposian: <Lt.Surena> <Also, FIDE's chief stooge/puppet aka. Euwe would never agree to the scam unless western players benefited from it.>|
Utter nonsense. Max Euwe was well-liked and respected by almost everybody. As FIDE president, Euwe usually did what he considered morally right rather than what was politically expedient. An honorable person in every way.
|Jul-20-14|| ||perfidious: Euwe was indeed a man of honour, quite unlike successors Campomanes and Ilyumzhinov.|
|Sep-17-14|| ||perfidious: Quote of the day:
<Under no circumstances should you play fast if you have a winning position. Forget the clock, Use all your time and make good moves.>
From a man who should know, and nearly always sound practical advice.
|Mar-23-15|| ||TheFocus: <According to such great attacking players as Bronstein and Tal, most combinations are inspired by the player's memories of earlier games> - Pal Benko.|
|May-03-15|| ||TheFocus: <Since your mental state can have such dramatic effects on your body, obviously your physical condition can affect your mental well-being. It follows that regular physical conditioning should be part of your overall chess training> - Pal Benko.|
|May-03-15|| ||TheFocus: <In the Soviet's view, chess was not merely an art or a science or even a sport; it was what it had been invented to simulate: war> - Pal Benko.|
|May-09-15|| ||TheFocus: <I always urge players to study composed problems and endgames> - Pal Benko.|
|May-09-15|| ||TheFocus: <Agreeing to draws in the middlegame, equal or otherwise, deprives you of the opportunity to practice playing endgames, and the endgame is probably where you need the most practice> - Pal Benko.|
|May-09-15|| ||TheFocus: <Patience is the most valuable trait of the endgame player> - Pal Benko.|
|May-09-15|| ||TheFocus: <In the endgame, the most common errors, besides those resulting from ignorance of theory, are caused by either impatience, complacency, exhaustion, or all the above> - Pal Benko.|
|May-13-15|| ||TheFocus: <There is no doubt that Bronstein's shrewd understanding of chess psychology was crucial to his success. Without it, his impetuous style and technical flaws might have relegated him to a minor career> - Pal Benko.|
|May-13-15|| ||TheFocus: <There is nothing wrong with trying to exploit the natural human tendency to become impatient when forced to play a boring position> - Pal Benko.|
|May-14-15|| ||TheFocus: <Sometimes players need to gain time on the clock by repeating the position, but most often its purpose is to wear down the opponent psychologically> - Pal Benko.|
|May-14-15|| ||TheFocus: <I had a slightly inferior endgame that probably should have been drawn, but Kortchnoi kept torturing me with little threats until finally, exhausted and exasperated, I made a losing mistake> - Pal Benko.|
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <When you defend, try not to worry or become upset. Keep your cool and trust your position - it's all you've got> - Pal Benko.|
|May-16-15|| ||TheFocus: <I always urge players to study composed problems and endgames> - Pal Benko.|
|May-17-15|| ||TheFocus: <Under no circumstances should you play fast if you have a winning position. Forget the clock, use all your time and make good moves> - Pal Benko.|
|May-19-15|| ||TheFocus: <As to me, to be quite honest I feel rather ill at ease because against me Benko plays calmly and clearly> - Tigran Petrosian.|
|Jun-30-15|| ||Xeroxx: nice quotes.|
|Jul-14-15|| ||hansj: Happy Birthday Grandmaster Benko! I absolutely love your birthday problem compositions this year! Fascinating!|
|Jul-17-15|| ||NBAFan: Puzzles from 4th of July:
I really enjoyed the first one.
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