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Joel Benjamin vs Michael Rohde
"Rohde's Scholar" (game of the day Apr-08-2021)
USA-ch (1988), Cambridge Springs, PA USA, rd 9, Oct-??
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Keres Attack (B81)  ·  1-0

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Apr-08-21
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  beatgiant: The ending after 39...Qxg5 40. hxg5 h6 looks fine for Black. Time pressure? Trying too hard to win?
Apr-08-21
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  al wazir: Black let this one slip away.

I think he should have played 24...Qc3. White's only move is 25. Nd3. There follows 25...Rd8 26. Qd2 (26. Qe1 Rxd3 loses a piece) Qd4, which looks pretty even.

If instead 26. Kc1, then 26...Qa1+ 27. Kd2 Qc3+ 28. Ke3 Bc5+ 29. Kf3 Rd4.

Either way, black does better than in the game as played.

Apr-08-21
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 39...Qxg5; 40.hxg5,h6; 41.gxh6+,Kxh6; 42.Rf8 threatens 43.Ra8, but should that concern Black? Much about this game puzzles me, including 39.Qg5 itself.
Apr-08-21
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  beatgiant: <An Englishman> In your suggested line, I was thinking Black gets to the queenside first, as in: 39...Qxg5; 40.hxg5,h6; 41.gxh6+,Kxh6; 42.Rf8 <Be3> 43. Kxc3 Rd2 44. Nc1 Rb2, and now it looks like White has to come back with 45. Rf1.


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White's a-pawn will soon fall and Black also has the passed g-pawn. If anyone needs to be concerned, I don't think it's Black.

Apr-08-21
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  perfidious: Another GOTD featuring two former opponents.
Apr-08-21
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  HeMateMe: How did you do against Joel Benjamin, Perf? You should read his book American Grandmaster, good snapshot of the times.
Apr-08-21  Brenin: Rohde's Dunce, in this case, for letting this one slip away.
Apr-08-21
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  perfidious: <HMM>, lost all three: once each in classical, blitz and rapid.
Apr-08-21
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  master8ch: Why settle for winning the queen when you have a forced mate? 51.Nf8+ Rxf8 52.Qe7+, with mate to follow.
Apr-08-21  dhotts: Black worked hard to achieve a losing position after being a solid pawn up...The big miss was 35...f6?, the simple 35...Bf2! wins rather directly as White has only bad and poorer choices at his disposal.
Apr-08-21
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  HeMateMe: Benjamin has said he has only one chess trophy on display in his home. At a tournament in Europe Kasparov won every single game he played with white except--his game against Joel Benjamin. The scoresheet is framed and under glass, hanging in his living room.
Apr-08-21
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  perfidious: That would have been Horgen 1994.
Apr-08-21  Granny O Doul: I wonder how Joel dealt with his other trophies? Huebner said that his end up in the Rhine.

I recently read a story online about how Johnny Bench sold all his trophies to raise money for his kids' college, but he ended up getting all of them back, because a well-to-do old friend couldn't bear the thought of Bench losing all his memorabilia and so outbid everybody on everything in the special auction. It was presented as a feel-good story, but I wonder how Bench really feels about it.

Apr-09-21
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  HeMateMe: ah, here's the game in question

<Kasparov vs Joel Benjamin, 1994>

easy to find, the only Kaspy/Benjamin encounter.

Apr-09-21
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  beatgiant: Maybe the last chance for Black to hold was <45...Rc6> keeping the queenside counterplay.

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