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Pal Benko vs Mikhail Tal
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Bled, Zagreb & Belgrade YUG, rd 21, Oct-13
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Flank Variation (B87)  ·  0-1



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Jun-26-06  Castle In The Sky: This game provides a beautiful example of how black can coordinate an attack while playing the Sicilian. If you look solely at black's play, all of his moves are exclusively on the queenside. For me, the game is instructive on how to develop a plan and then stick to it.
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  Richard Taylor: White blundered his Q at the end - Tal's Q-side and cnetral play was good butit isntalway god to "stick to plan" however (sometimes plans need to be changed this is hard to judge -I have gone wrong a lot on that) in this case I agree. Was White lost after 33 Bd4?

I think 33...e5 34 Be3 d5 is very strong.

If the rooks come off Back's 2 Bs are better.

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  Calli: This is the correct score. Benko blundered Qb7 and resigned after 33...Bf1+ which is the only difference between this and the duplicate.

This is the game where Benko wore sunglasses. See the video here:

Mar-10-09  Dredge Rivers: This game's so bright, I gotta wear shades! :)
Mar-10-09  WhiteRook48: too Tal
Jan-06-13  notyetagm: 33 ♕a7-b7?????????
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  andrewjsacks: Well, either time pressure or just plain oversight. I would guess time pressure was involved. Also, as we know, Benko suffered from a bad case of "problem opponent" versus Tal.
Jan-07-13  RookFile: Benko had ideas, but I don't know how you aim for a variation involving Nb4 against Tal and even keep a straight face. You might as well hand him a frying pan and request he bash you over the head with it.
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  zydeco: I think 15.a4's the main problem: white's play is on the kingside and then he tries to open the queenside as well. Maybe 15.Kf2 and 16.Rag1 instead. Towards the end of the game the tactics all work against him: he can't take on a5 around move 26 because black takes on d3 and wins the b-pawn. And if 31.Ng4 black has 31.....a3 32.Rxa3 d5.
Aug-06-15  SimplicityRichard: Interesting to observe that even Grandmasters can fall to a simple tactical oversight. #
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