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Efim Geller vs Pal C Benko
Stockholm Interzonal (1962), Stockholm SWE, rd 12, Feb-14
Caro-Kann Defense: Exchange. Rubinstein Variation (B13)  ·  1-0



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Mar-03-06  popski: Since 4.c4 usually lead me in unconfortable positions I'll try with 4.♗d3, nice game for strong nerves btw.
Nov-04-11  Whitehat1963: Probably a weekend puzzle here after 31...Be7.
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  zydeco: Benko is hyper-aggressive out of the opening. I don't think I've seen a plan like 10....f5, ....f4, ....Qd6, ....Ng3 in a master game. That seems to work out fine, but then it's odd that Benko, after going to a lot of trouble to develop his queenside, doesn't play 21....b5 or 21....b6. The exchange sacrifice looks premature and Geller punishes it.

If 29....Bd7 30.Nh6+ Kh8 31.Rf7 traps the queen.

32....hxg6 33.Rh2 is a pretty way to win the queen.

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  fredthebear: Here's another C-K beauty. The third and sixth ranks get hit in this game! White exchanges the f-pawn and lives to tell about it because Black was not yet fully developed to finalize his kingside attack after exposing the White monarch.

The position is equal after 16...e6, but the obstructed Bc8 cannot come to the kingside (it's tied to defending b7 anyway). It's stuck like a bad bishop in the French Defense, hindering the Ra8 in the corner.

The exchange sacrifice 21...RxNf3 is sound, but there's no follow-up mate to be had. Black needs ...b5 expansion for a positional approach on the queenside.

Black could have exchanged queens by 26...QxQd1 for calmer waters. White takes over thereafter with five pieces contributing to the onslaught.

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