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Pal Benko vs David Bronstein
Budapest-Moscow (1949), Budapest HUN, rd 1, Mar-??
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Delayed Exchange Variation (D75)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-25-04  azaris: Benko and Bronstein horsing around in the end.
Sep-08-05  Resignation Trap: Botvinnik had a rather lengthy note to make while preparing for his match with Bronstein: "Against g3 stuff 'a la Barcza', 'Br' replied ...g6 followed by ...d5. Led to a Grunfeld Defense with c4 and ...c7-c5. 'Br' quite correctly and persistently played for simplification and, exploiting Benko's errors, obtained the better endgame. Clearly exploiting Benko's time trouble, skilfully picked up a pawn. Adjourned in a dead won position. During the resumption, in the first time trouble, went wrong, miscalculated, became rattled (exchanged too much!) and threw away the win. So - he goes wrong during the resumption in time trouble!!!"
Sep-08-05  RookFile: Pretty humorous that Bronstein even played 104... f1=N. As soon as he does that, Benko can play anything he wants, and it's a draw. But, Benko was threatening to take the pawn, and queening obviously doens't work due the knight fork. Leave it to Bronstein to promote to a knight!

Maybe he was 'hoping' to get white to put his king on a8, his knight on a7, and line his knights and king up just right, and mate him.


Aug-09-07  Petrosianic: If you think that's funny, the adjournment for this game was played off on the same day that this game was played:

Bronstein vs G Barcza, 1949

Notice anything... similar about the endings?

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  sisyphus: Benko made the following comment about this game in his Chess Life column:

<"I recall my first meeting over the board with Bronstein. I escaped to an endgame with one Knight against his two. It was a well-known theoretical draw, even without my Knight. I chased one of his Knights with mine, till the audience started to laugh. At that point he agreed to a draw.">

Mar-28-13  JudMc: What issue of Chess Life did Benko talk about this?

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