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Anatoly Karpov vs Nicholas R Benjamin
Lloyds Bank Junior Clock Simul (1977), London ENG, Aug-14
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Uhlmann-Szabo System (E62)  ·  1-0



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  Benzol: <ughaibu> I think this is one of your Benjamin brothers. Nick Benjamin according to Len Barden.
Dec-29-05  ughaibu: Thanks for remembering, Benzol. That conversation was what, two years ago? Nice of you to bring it to my attention.
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  Benzol: Was it as long as two years?
Anyway you said there were three(?) brothers?
Dec-29-05  ughaibu: I think John (Jonathon?), Nick and Martin but still not sure.
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  Benzol: <ughaibu> One of the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club members Tony Booth has lent me a number of articles of Len Barden's in the Guardian newspaper that were sent to him by his British mother-in-law during the mid 1970's. Now that I've finally sorted out Paul Spiller's Ortvin Sarapu book on his New Zealand Championships I'm now able to devote more attention to them.

One of them I've just looked at has a partial gamescore of Jonathan Benjamin against Boris Taborov (USSR) played at Schilde, Belgium at a junior international tournament in 1976.

White : Jonathan Benjamin (England)
Black : Boris Taborov (USSR)

1.P-K4 P-QB4
2.N-KB3 P-Q3
3.P-Q4 PxP
4.NxP N-KB3
5.N-QB3 N-B3
6.B-QB4 P-K3
7.B-K3 B-K2
8.Q-K2 P-QR3
9.0-0-0 Q-B2
10.B-N3 N-QR4
11.P-N4 P-QN4
12.P-N5 NxB ch
13.RPxN N-Q2
14.P-R4 P-N5
15.N-R4 N-B4
16.P-R5 B-Q2
17.P-N6 B-KB3
18.P-K5 BxP
19.Q-B3 0-0
20.PxBP ch RxP
21.QxQR ch R-B1
22.Q-N2 KBxN
23.NxN PxN
24.BxB PxB
25.P-R6 P-N3
26.R-R4 R-B1
27.R-Q2 P-K4
28.Q-Q5 ch K-R1
29.R-K4 B-B4
30.QxP ch QxQ
31.RxQ P-Q6
32.RxB PxR

and White won on move 46.

Thought it might be of interest to you


Jan-01-06  ughaibu: Thanks. Bob Wade should know the fates of the various Benjamins, if it crosses your mind at the time.
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  Benzol: "This was one of my best games although Black played too passively" - Anatoly Karpov
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  PawnSac: A classic lesson on conversion of space advantage.


White has a good advantage (better control of the center). c4 is stronger than d6 and can use d5 for exchanges. c7 may become a backward pawn. It is very difficult to play c6 after all.


It's good to draw the pawn to h6 as black will have to defend it, and white will gain a tempo. Note the attack on both sides of the board after..


After exchanging dark bishops h6 will always be under pressure.


black wants to play active on the Q side


Here then is that tempo gain. Black will have to play ..Rb8 again at some point, and white has relocated the B to d4 where it will trade on g7. What has visibly pleasing diagonals on the Q side.



see comment to 11...♖b8

19.cxd5 thru 21.Qc3+

The structural superiority of c4 vs. d6 is now revealed. The knight must go back to f6 due to c7, and now..


The strength of white's initiative is clear.


White has a great space advantage.


"Just preventing d6 for the moment" Karpov
Stockfish preferred ..Rad8


white has just played h4 intending Bh3. The rook will have to move, so the immediate ..Rcd8 is more logical, and also preferred by Stockfish.


A flexible choice. White can double on the D, E, or F file.


offering to trade Q's which does not help black. But ..Qxa3 is no better


The end. What is black to do to stop e7? After ..Nxe6 41.Bx fx 42.Rx Rx 43.Rx Kx 44.d8=Q

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  PawnSac: This game is typical of Karpov's style and beauty. From start to finish his position progressively looks better and better until the final moment when black throws in the towel. He demonstrates a superb mastery of the opening, almost guaranteeing a clear space advantage which in turn coaxes black into passivity.

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