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Vlastimil Hort vs Judit Polgar
"You Hort Me, And You Make Me Cry" (game of the day Nov-30-2020)
Brocco op 8th (1987), San Bernardino SUI, rd 6, Sep-??
Benko Gambit: Accepted. Fianchetto Variation (A58)  ·  1-0

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Jul-26-06  Rocafella: How to play against the Benko Gambit, By Vlastimil Hort. Great game here, really like this short demolition. Beating the benko back down ;)
Mar-11-09  zdigyigy: I think the Benko is fine personally...Hort demolishes blacks f5 idea. Ouch.
Nov-30-20  Robespierre: Kudos to Honza Cervenka for suggesting this as the Game of the Day -- grazie, grazie!
Nov-30-20
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  HeMateMe: What does 12.h3 accomplish? Take away a landing spot for blacks knight?
Nov-30-20
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  perfidious: <HMM>, one of Black's ideas in the Benko accepted is to play ....Ng4-e5.
Nov-30-20  Brenin: Another pun based on a classic song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDM... And an excellent game, for a change.
Nov-30-20  sfm: Murderous attack.
I calculated for a couple of seconds where Black could play on a bit after 25.-,Qg8 and White grabs the queen with 26.NxQ Well, she can - but White speeds up with 26.Nf7+ instead.
Nov-30-20  goodevans: <HeMateMe: What does 12.h3 accomplish? Take away a landing spot for blacks knight?>

<perfidious: <HMM>, one of Black's ideas in the Benko accepted is to play ....Ng4-e5.>

The CG Opening Explorer has 12.h3 as one of the more popular choices and the most successful for white. https://www.365chess.com/ has a more extensive opening database and ranks it as slightly less popular (5th) with 12.Bf4 overtaking it for successfulness. Either way there must be something to this move.

I'm curious though as to why, with d7 vacant, the ...Ng4-e5 manoeuvre is any different to ...Nfd7-e5 and so, like <HMM>, I'm not really seeing the point of this move at this point in the game.

Nov-30-20  morfishine: Very nice game! Thank you <Honza>!
Nov-30-20  Admsap: Judit Polgar was 11 years old.
Nov-30-20  Ironmanth: Surgical! Thanks chessgames; y'all stay safe out there today.
Nov-30-20
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  HeMateMe: Age 11 this game? Against a top 20 GM? That's a mighty wind from Hungary!
Nov-30-20
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  perfidious: <HMM>, see the first kibitz at Alex Cherniack for something that took place a few months before this game, in the under 2400 section at the NY Open.
Nov-30-20
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  Williebob: ^^ I couldn't help but notice that the 'teddy bear' game score is not available. :)

<goodevans>, 12.h3 is definitely not bad. White's development stays on schedule, and Black's scope on the kingside is narrowed slightly. Also, it's possibly more 'main line' now than it was when this game was played. Hort was a wise teacher here.
Nov-30-20
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  perfidious: <Williebob>, that game was also a Benko with Judit playing Black. She could barely sit at the board, aged ten. Little bugger sure did a number on Alex, tho.
Nov-30-20  Muttley101: <HeMateMe: Age 11 this game? Against a top 20 GM? That's a mighty wind from Hungary!>

I played in the one-day quickplay at the annual Biel tournament in (iirc) 1987, and there was this little girl in a white dress with long hair and ribbons in it. She was on top board. She won it with (iirc) 5/6 or 5.5/6. I still remember watching her hack up one of the Yugoslav (at that time) GMs on the white side of a Winawer in one round. (The games of the main tournament are in databases, but I doubt that the one day rapid tournament made it back then.)

It was of course Judit, and she was a real beast then :D

It was also pretty remarkable for the pairings I got- in round 2 I beat a strong local player, and when I handed in the result the controller raised his eyebrows and asked me if I really beat him. In the next 3 rounds I was paired against the strongest player available- Bogdan Lalic in round 3, then an IM who played in the world junior ch that Karpov won, and following that a German player rated over 2400 :D The controllers in Biel were just great, giving me lots of time to watch Judit play :D

Nov-30-20
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  Williebob: <perf> Simply amazing.
Nov-30-20
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  Honza Cervenka: 15...f5 was too much optimistic attempt, and Hort clearly demonstrated why that was a bad idea. 20.Bxh6! and 21.Rxe5! annihilated black position.
Dec-01-20  RandomVisitor: After 7...d6 white can choose between 8.g3 and 8.e4. Note in the 8.g3 computer line white plays b3 and Rb1 before playing 0-0, eventually giving up the a-pawn, while still retaining an advantage:


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Stockfish_20112916_x64_modern:

62/85 13:41:34 +0.70 8.e4 Bxf1 9.Kxf1 Qc8 10.h3 Bg7 11.g3 Na6 12.Kg2 0-0 13.Bg5 Qb7 14.Rb1 h6 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.h4 h5 17.Re1 Bg7 18.Re3 Nc7

61/76 13:41:34 +0.66 8.g3 Nbd7 9.Bg2 Nb6 10.<b3> Bg7 11.<Rb1> Bb7 12.Nh4 0-0 13.<0-0> Ng4 14.Bd2 Bxc3 15.Bxc3 <Rxa2> 16.e4 Nf6 17.h3 Nbd7

Dec-01-20  RandomVisitor: After 12.h3, maybe now 12...Qb8 followed by 13...Qb7 and black is ok:


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Stockfish_20112916_x64_modern:
NNUE evaluation using nn-62ef826d1a6d.nnue enabled

<71/85 11:54:14 +0.11 12...Qb8 13.Nd2 Qb7> 14.Rb1 Ra7 15.b4 cxb4 16.Rxb4 Qc7 17.a3 Rb7 18.Bb2 Nc4 19.Ba1 Rxb4 20.axb4 Qb7 21.Nce4 Nxe4 22.Nxe4 Nb2

Dec-04-20
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  Clement Fraud: The Benko Gambit is a trappy opening, and one I have always struggled against when I've had the white pieces; but this game provides a genuine lesson for an average club guy like myself. I now know it is best for White to accept the gambit pawn immediately (whereas some manuals suggest 4.Nf3), and that the ideal square for the light squared Bishop is f1 - but only after kingside castling and Rf-e1. It's little details like these that keep my interest in chess alive (during the lockdown)!

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