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John Fedorowicz vs Joel Benjamin
"Don't Fight the Fed" (game of the day Nov-09-2015)
77th US Open (1976), Fairfax, VA USA, rd 4, Aug-18
Hungarian Opening: Symmetrical Variation (A00)  ·  1-0



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  kevin86: Yes,Pink Panther-all pawns on own colored squares-and all chained together.
Jul-02-04  apple head: the Benkos opening funny choice
Jan-21-05  GreenDayGuy: Did Black really have nothing better than sac his rook?
Dec-22-05  optimusprimeooo: both players seemed tired and perhaps there buddys looks like there going threw the motions
Mar-01-08  MorphysMojo: I actually saw this game. Benjamin was about 12 years old rated around 2070, and Fedorowicz was a high rated master, about 18, but not yet an IM. It was played in either round 4 or 5 of the tournament and each player had not yet faced any real competition. The games were played starting at 7pm each day of this 12 round tournament. Both players had awesome reputations at this point in their careers despite their youth. Both were from NYC and knew eachother.

No way could Benjamin be happy with his play duing this game. I remembered him remarking a few rounds later how much he loved defending. This game with its pawn structure gave him plenty of opportunity to do that. Blacks' 38th move shows that he was busted but decided to go down fighting nevertheless.

The two players are good friends and are participating in a tournament this weekend in which they play an exhibition game against eachother, cannot see or hear eachother during the game, and comment and annotate it while playing it for the audience who views them both on large separate monitors, while having dinner and drinks. It's a real treat because they know eachother well and can share anecdotes while speaking about the game.

This kind of exhibition is great fun and very educational, I wish more GMs did it. No one seems to mind paying to see and hear them, it's well worth it.

Nov-15-09  Eduardo Leon: Perhaps 36...♕e7, intending to play 37...♗d7 is better. At least, it doesn't allow white to pin the bishop in the eight rank.
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  wordfunph: game toppings..

<1976 U.S. Open in Fairfax Virginia:

Joel Benjamin had his first encounters with future GMs John Fedorowicz and Nick DeFirmian. IM Mark Diesen had just returned from a European trip and decided to use Benjamin to stir up some trouble. When Benjamin was paired with Fedowicz, Diesen suggested to say something to Fedorowicz. They sat down to play, Benjamin looked to his older and bigger opponent in the eye and carried out Diesen's instructions. "You're a wimp," Benjamin said. Fedorowicz was taken aback but soon got his bearings back. "Well, you're a wittle kid." Fedorowicz crushed Benjamin that day. It was then the beginning of a beautiful friendship.>


Nov-09-15  mass61: Gradual systematic strangulation! queenside space + control of the long Wb diagonal + control of tha open a file + more active pieces = black desperate play to free up position and makes material sscrifices to gets some counterplay
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I think Black had to play 38...Rd8 with the idea of 39.Qa8,Qe8, unpinning the Bc8 whilst still protecting it at the same time, and the Bf6 performs the useful duty of protecting the Rd8.

Incidentally, I played this opening as White dozens of the times during the 70s, and CG should classify the opening as an English vs. KID. The position after 9.0-0 is a very standard English position.

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  jith1207: I just got this question, while playing through this game:

Would not 22..Qxb5 help Black pin white's supporting pawn to its unguarded queen after the other knight pulled out of support a move earlier? 23.Bc6 looks like trapping Black queen but surely Black Knight can take the Bishop as the supporting Knight is pinned again on to its queen.

Looks like that move would at least win a pawn or avoid such a bad position later in the game for Black. Can any one point to me if I am missing some tactics here?

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  Domdaniel: <jith> 22...Qxb5 23.Bc6 Nxc6 24.cxb5 Bxb3 25.Nxc6 Rc8 and now 26.Ne7 wins the Exchange, as 26...Rd8 is met by 27.Ng6+.
Nov-09-15  Shams: <23.Bc6> anyway! Very nice <Dom>.
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  whiteshark: It's <End! the! Fed!> for me.
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  kevin86: The major pieces will plow accross the back row!
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  FSR: This is the only game in which Benjamin <did> fight the Fed:
Nov-09-15  Howard: The last time they played each other, according to, was their very short draw at the 2003 U.S. championship. Benjamin and the Fed were tied with six other players for first place going into the last round, but six of those players decided in that last round to just "take the money and run", if you can guess what I mean.

To be fair to Benjamin and Fed, they've always been close friends, and therefore they apparently felt in the last round to just take a quick draw and thus win the same amount of prize $$$. That's quite understandable.

By the way, the remaining two players out of those eight leaders did have a decisive result in the last round. But the loser would have had little reason to complain (and neither would the winner). Anyone recall exactly why ?!

Nov-09-15  Granny O Doul: Shabalov and Akobian (I think it was) each got a bonus of $5000 from the organizers for fighting. It is true, though, that of the four pairings, theirs was the only one where the higher-rated player also had the white pieces. Also, the more games around them ended in draws, the more financial sense it made to play it out.

As for this game, I'm pretty sure we called it the English opening back in my day.

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  ChemMac: Black could hang on with a miserable position after 38....Rd8 and if 39.Qa8 Qe8
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