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|Mar-22-13|| ||Caissanist: Benko pretty much stopped playing d4 (and 1.c4 Nf6 2.d4) after 1972. It looks like he didn't want to play against the Benko Gambit, so he avoided any lines that could lead to that. Most of his opponents stopped playing d4 against him after 1972 as well, probably for the same reason.|
|Jul-15-13|| ||Eduardo Bermudez: Alles gute zum Geburtstag !!|
|Jul-15-13|| ||JoergWalter: <Benkő took 4th in the 1959 US Championship, 8th in the 1960 US Championship, 4th in the 1961 US Championship, 9th in the 1962 US Championship, 3rd in the 1963 US Championship, 7th in the 1965 US Championship, 3rd in the 1966/67 US Championship, 4th in the 1968 US Championship, 3rd in the 1969 US Championship, 5th in the 1972 US Championship, 5th in the 1973 US Championship, 2nd in the 1974 US Championship, 14th in the 1975 US Championship, and 9th in the 1978 US Championship.>|
Quite impressive and interesting for insiders. I'm not and I guess I'm not alone. However, he had the guts to shoot holes into the chess problems of <LIE Master AJ>.
|Jul-15-13|| ||parisattack: He looks great, for sure. His book is a treasure, also.|
Birthday Happy, Benko Pal. ;)
|Jul-15-13|| ||DoctorD: He is a great person too. My only attachment to him is that I wrote the anniversary article for 45 years of the Bafflers, and used to send him the occasional study; and he sent me a hearty reply to my birthday wishes to him per email in a few hours.|
The latest CL articles he has been writing on 7 man tablebases are phenomenal stuff. I am sorry that non-USCF members miss out on them.
|Jul-15-13|| ||DoctorD: Here is my favorite problem by him:
Magyar Sakkelet 08/1968
Helpmate in 6
click for larger view
a. 1.Rc3 bxc3 2. Rd4 cxd4 3. Be5 dxe5 4. Qf6 exf6 5. Ng7 fxg7 6.Nh8 gxh8=Q#
b. 1.Lc2+ Ke6 2. Rf4 b4 3. Kg7 b5 4. Kf8 b6 5. Ke8 b7 6. Kd8 b8=Q#
Consider the absolute beauty of two perfectly matched solutions; White minimal (just a pawn), double excelsior promotion to queen, once diagonally, eating through practically the entire black army, once down the file without a capture. To name just the high points.
And this was done perfectly in 1968, before any sort of computer help for this sort of problem was possible.
I am quite certain Benko is the best all-round chess player of all time (Opening, Middlegame, Endgame, and Problem Composition). Only Keres could be said to be above him.
|Jul-15-13|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday GM Benko!|
|Jul-16-13|| ||DoctorD: http://chessbase.com/Home/TabId/211...|
|Aug-29-13|| ||Penguincw: Quote of the Day
" Kibitzer's don't play, they kibitz; they always know what you should have played, and they will tell you without being asked... it's almost impossible to shut them up. "
|Jan-07-14|| ||ooda: Today's quote
<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>
I feel like this attitude can create a problem like Ivanchuk's with some players though, where it seems like one of the causes of him flagging more often than is healthy.
|Jan-16-14|| ||Tabanus: Bill Wall in http://www.geocities.com/siliconval...:|
<In March 1952, he played in a team match in Goerlitz, East Germany. He then went to East Berlin, and then took the subway to West Berlin. At the time, he was thinking of defecting to the West. Benko started running back to West Berlin but was caught, arrested and taken to prison. He was accused of being an American spy. The police thought that his correspondence game chess notation found in his letters and postcards was secret code. He was put in prison for a year and a half (until October, 1953). His friend, Geza Fuster, did defect during this time.>
|Jan-16-14|| ||plang: He has recently retired from doing his endgame column in Chess Life after 45 years|
|Jan-16-14|| ||parisattack: <plang: He has recently retired from doing his endgame column in Chess Life after 45 years.>|
What would that leave of any value to an issue of Chess Life?
|Jan-16-14|| ||TheFocus: <parisattack> Absolutely nothing. When my postman delivers my <Chess Life> to me, I just hang my head and walk away in shame.|
What was once a great magazine isn't even worth reading now.
|Jan-16-14|| ||parisattack: <TheFocus> I haven't been inclined to purchase an issue in 4-5 years. Indeed, quite sad; national chess magazine (and association IMHO) total waste.|
Congratulations on your Award!! Can I get a ride in your new Lamborghini Aventador when I come over in April? Wonder where Daniel gets the money for all those cool prizes; the kid must be loaded.
|Jan-16-14|| ||TheFocus: I am going to be styling and profiling in Waikiki. Going to Morton's for steak and champagne tonight.|
|Jan-16-14|| ||SChesshevsky: <plang: He has recently retired from doing his endgame column in Chess Life after 45 years>|
By coincidence I just pulled out his "Pal Benko's Endgame Laboratory" book yesterday. A collection of his columns from the 80's. What's great about the book, besides being an excellent read, is that it looks like the publisher basically put it together with a copier machine. Making copies of the articles and semi-organizing them.
Reminds me of the pamphlets and monographs that made up a big part of chess theory a long time ago.
|Jan-16-14|| ||parisattack: <Schesshevsky By coincidence I just pulled out his "Pal Benko's Endgame Laboratory" book yesterday. A collection of his columns from the 80's. What's great about the book, besides being an excellent read, is that it looks like the publisher basically put it together with a copier machine. Making copies of the articles and semi-organizing them.>|
If same as I have and thinking of two perfect-bind volumes? I paid about $100 for my set :( and was some disappointed to see how they were printed and that they were just reprints of his columns (as fantastic as those were, of course).
Chess Digest/Ken Smith famous for the monographs. But that was what we had to work with back then before the British Invasion.
|Jan-16-14|| ||SChesshevsky: <parisattack: If same as I have and thinking of two perfect-bind volumes? I paid about $100 for my set.>|
You are fortunate to have the classic set. I came across a cheaper paperback version on Amazon. I was hoping to find a Benko book that resembled his old Chess Life & Review annotated games column and noticed the Endgame Lab book. How he made endgame study useful and entertaining was remarkable.
|Jan-16-14|| ||WannaBe: Okay, since we are on this subject...
My last issue of Chess Life is from Nov. 2012, and looking at page 4, where contents are listed, I see this:
page 12 Looks at Books by Dr. & WIM A. Root
Page 16 Chess to Enjoy GM Soltis
Page 18 Solitaire Chess by Pandolfini
Page 40 Back to Basics (Reader Annotations) by GM Alburt
Page 42 Endgame Lab by GM Benko
In between are 'coverages' of tournaments, and what nots.
The whole 'magazine' is 44 pages, everything from page 45 to 71 are ads, local tournaments, national tournaments, chess sets for sale, clocks for sale, books, upcoming tournament ads, etc...
And then, on page 72, is the I. Krush article, "My Best Move"...
|Feb-24-14|| ||offramp: I have often seen game headers give him as <Pal C Benko>. What does the C stand for?|
|Feb-24-14|| ||torrefan: Most likely Chum, considering his given name.|
|Feb-24-14|| ||offramp: Thank you for that datum. I have amended my records accordingly.|
|Feb-24-14|| ||Karpova: <What does the C stand for?>|
His full name is Pál Charles Benkő. Source for the middlename is Gaige's 'Chess Personalia', p. 32.
|Feb-24-14|| ||offramp: Charles. How delightfully western.
Over the coming weeks I shall discern between the opposing opinions of <torrefan> and <Jeremy Gaige> and make my decision accordingly.
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