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Robert James Fischer vs Pal Benko
United States Championship (1959/60), New York, NY USA, rd 10, Dec-30
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Classical Variation (B63)  ·  1-0



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Jul-30-04  Knight13: Good game.
Nov-20-04  F47: Tactics worth remembering: 51. Kf7! and 61. a7!
Nov-20-04  drukenknight: it looks to me, when benko pushes 52...g2 Fischer is smart enuf to blockade the passer, but then look at the situation, Benko's K is outside the "box." (the box bisected by a4-e8 diagonal). To get his K back into the box, black needs to give check with the R and put the white K into some sort of decision, but he delays this and his K never gets back into the box in order to blockade. This is a first impression, so..
Jun-19-05  Knight13: Good endgame play by Fischer. I love it. It'll be a good game to study Rook and Pawn endings.
Jun-19-05  aw1988: For rook and pawn endings the best games to study are (well, Fischer is pretty good, but...) Capablanca and Rubinstein.
Feb-06-06  MorphyMatt: 52. Rd7+? I'm terribly sorry, but 52. Rxh6 doesn't win?????
Mar-22-06  chesscrazy: <MorphyMatt> 52. Rxh6 doesn't win because the g-pawn would be able to queen. (52. Rxh6?? g2! 53. ____ g1=Q)
Apr-03-06  ycensor: I guess I need to study my endgames
again. I don't quite see the trick
if Black just plays 56...Rxa6. It looks to me that 57 Rxg2 Kd7 would then draw by getting the King close
enough ( and 58 Rg7+ Kc8!): 58 Rc2 Ra8 or 58 Kb5 Ra8! =.
Apr-03-06  outplayer: <ycensor> I think your commentary is interesting because I have thought that Black could have taken the pawn with 56...Ra6 57.Rg2 Kd7?! (57...Ra8!? ) 58.Rg7+ Kc8 but what should Black do after 59.Kc5?
Jun-11-07  Peter Nemenyi: A rare case in which Fischer tries the Richter-Rauzer (6. Bg5) against the Sicilian instead of his famous 6. Bc4. I believe Fischer vs J Bennett, 1957 was his only other R-R before the two in his 1972 match with Spassky, although I'm using a pre-Net source which may be incomplete.
Mar-14-09  WhiteRook48: funny position
Sep-26-15  SpiritedReposte: Pitching the pawn with 56. a6 would not have occurred to me.
Jun-18-18  Omnipotent00001: White mates in 43 with 47. b4 g5 48. b5 g4 and so on.
Nov-11-19  pepechuy: The decisive mistake is 56... Rb6. Black can draw with 56... Ra6. If 57. Rg7 Kd7 58. Rg7 Kc8 59. Kc5, Black has several moves that draw, but I think the simplest one is 59... Kb8. <outplayer>
Nov-12-19  WorstPlayerEver: 23... Nxf1 24. Rexf1 d4=

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25. Qxc6 Bf5 or 25. Rd1 d3 26. cxd3 Bf5

Jul-16-20  pepechuy: Fischer missed a win with 47. b4! (instead of 47. Kb4, which draws).
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  HeMateMe: Benko was able to get the Queens off the board and survive the middlegame attack, but goes into a lost endgame.
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  kingscrusher: Wow this game seems a good reason to really study rook and pawn endgames as a priority. Black just blew it at the end - 56 ..Rxa6 seems to be holding draw.

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