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|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.
|Aug-19-15|| ||wrap99: I note that Benko played Tartakower and T. is arguably of Lasker's generation of players (although much younger, he was active as early as 1905). Would Averbakh have played someone from that "generation" -- a quick look at his games indicates that he did not. Of course until recently there was Lilienthal but perhaps Benko inherited that torch.|
|Aug-19-15|| ||Retireborn: <wrap99> Ossip Bernstein and Hans Johner were still playing in 1961(!), but they were around 10 and 20 years younger than Lasker; I don't think they ever played Benko or Averbakh, sadly.|
|Aug-19-15|| ||wrap99: <Retireborn> And so it does look like Benko may be the last to have played such a person. I think Benko and Bisguier are also the last GMs who played in the US championships of the 1960s.|
|Aug-19-15|| ||Caissanist: Averbakh played Levenfish, who was only two years younger than Tartakower. Levenfish was the only leading pre-revolutionary player who stayed in the Soviet Union for very long, so he was the oldest player that many top Soviet GMs played. He stayed strong and active for quite some time--Korchnoi played him in a Soviet championship.|
|Aug-20-15|| ||wrap99: Looks like Barden, the player of the day also played Tartokower and Mieses -- the latter is really of Lasker's generation.|
|Mar-26-16|| ||Howard: Excellent article about Benko in the most recent issue of New in Chess !|
|Sep-18-16|| ||Joshka: This bio says he resides in the states. I was under the impression he stayed in Hungary? Does the NEW IN CHESS article shed any light? thanks in advance!!|
|Sep-18-16|| ||WorstPlayerEver: He stayed in Hungary. 58 years ago. Maybe this helps.|
|Sep-18-16|| ||zanzibar: It would be nice to know exactly when he returned to Hungary.|
This 2008 NYT article mentions that he stayed in the US for decades...
<He was allowed to leave Hungary in 1958 and settled in the United States, where he lived for decades before returning to his homeland.>
Although I thought he wasn't "allowed to leave", but rather defected. Hmmm... McClain should have that more accurate I would think.
Anywho, here's pictures of Benko at 85 in his homeland, styling as only he can...
(Check out part 2 as well)
|Sep-18-16|| ||zanzibar: Right, <CB> agrees with <CG> as for 1957 being the year of his defection:|
< In 1957 the US Embassy in Reykjavik welcomed his request to defect to the USA. They even arranged a press conference for him to explain why he did not want to return to Hungary. Obviously, he served their political agenda. In October of the same year, he reached New York.>
|Sep-18-16|| ||zanzibar: His USCF bio gives the year as 1958, hmmm....
<After this experience he was determined to escape to the West. In 1958, he played in a chess tournament in Rejkjavik. He waltzed right into the American embassy in Iceland, asked for and received a visa.>
|Sep-18-16|| ||Granny O Doul: I don't know about right now, but for years and years, before and after all the '89 stuff, Benko spent about half the year in America and half in Hungary.|
|Sep-18-16|| ||zanzibar: Yes, the USCF link I gave above had this bio in a sidebar:|
Residence: New York/Budapest
But again, don't know how current it is. And it would be nice to know what is the correct year for his move to the US (1957 or 1958?).
|Sep-21-16|| ||Joshka: <zanzibar> He also was in Europe during the early to mid 90's.....he probably just shuttles back and forth. But just about any articles on him from say the last 25 years place him in Hungary. thanks for responding!|
|Jul-15-17|| ||Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster! Always appreciate to this day your analyses at the World Opens I have attended over the years. Blessings to you, sir, for your unmatched contributions to endgame understanding.|
|Jul-15-17|| ||ketchuplover: HBD young man :)|
|Jul-15-17|| ||kingfu: Happy Birthday. Great quotes from you about Chess. Thank you Focus. I like the one about Viktor.|
|Jul-15-17|| ||ColeTrane: Legacy|
|Jul-16-18|| ||Howard: Back around 1977, CL&R mentioned that Benko lived in Hungary for part of the year when he undertook his "annual tournament swing" through Europe.|
|Jul-16-18|| ||vonKrolock: <Back in 1977> In May and June we met him, first in Joinville during the Open weekend, and then in Curitiba: his lectures on his most famous games and problems, simuls, and even blitz playing etc are unforgettable... ***** Many happy returns, GM Benko!!|
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