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Feldman vs Pal Benko
Budapest (1945)
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Flohr-Mikenas-Carls Variation (A18)  ·  0-1



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  wwall: Best seems 18.Nd3 Rb5 19.Nxb4 Rxb4 20.Rf1

Perhaps best is 19.d3 Ng3 20.Rg1 (or 20.Rh3 Re1+ 21.Kc2 Ne2 22.Nxe2 Rxe2 23.Kb3) Rd4 21.a3 Bd6 22.Bd2.

Better is 20.Kb3 Bxd2 21.Bxd2 Rxd2 22.Rab1.

not 21.Rxc1 Rxd2+ 22.Ke1 Rc2+ 23.Kc1?? Ne3 mate.

23.Rae1 Rd2+ 24.Kb3 Nd4+ 25.Kc3 Ne2+ 26.Kb3 Be5 27.Rhf1 Rxb2+ 28.Ka3 b5 29.Rxf7 b4+ 30.Ka4 Bg3 31.Rh1 Nc3+ 32.Ka5 Bf2 should win.

24.Kb1 Rd2 25.a4 (25.Rg1?? Nc4 26.Kc1 Rf2+ 27.Kd1 Nxb2+ 28.Ke1 Nd3+ 29.Kd1 Rd2 mate) Nxg4

26.Kb4?? Bd6+ 27.Ka4 Nc4 28.Kb5 (28.Rac1 Nxb2 29.Kb5 a6+ 30.Ka5 Ra3 mate; 28.Rab1 a6 and 29...b5 mate) Nxb2 29.Rac1 a6 30.Ka5 Ra3 mate.

Stronger may be 26...Nc4 27.b3 Nb6+ 28.Ka3 Bxa1.

Stronger may be 27...Ra3+ 28.Kb4 a5+ 29.Kc5 Rd3 30.Rhd1 Bd4+ 31.Kb5 c6+ 32.Ka4 b5+.

After 28...Rd4, Black threatens mate with 29...Nd2+ 30.Kc5 b6+ 31.Kb5 Kb7 and 32...a6 mate.

29.Kb3 Nd2+ 30.Kxb2 Rb4+ (or 30...Nxb1) 31.Kc2 Nxb1 32.Rxb1 Rxb1 (or 32...Rxg4) 33.Kxb1 Kd7 34.Kc2 b5 should win.

Or 34...Nh2 35.Kf6 Nf3 36.Kxf6 Nxh4.

36.Kf4 Kd5 37.Ke3 c5 38.Kd3 b5 wins.

Or 36...c5 37.Kg4 Kd5 38.Kf3 Kd4 39.Ke2 Kc3, winning.

Or 38.Kxh7 c5 39.g6 fxg6 40.Kxg6 Kxh4 41.Kf5 b5 42.Kf4 c4 43.Ke4 Kg5 44.Kd4 Kf5 45.a3 Kf4 46.Kc3 Ke3 47.a4 a6 48.axb5 axb5 49.Kc2 b4, winning.

Sep-25-05  Resignation Trap: I'm not 100% certain, but I think that White in this game is the player who later became known as Tibor Florian .

What is official policy of, when it comes to players whose names get changed?

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  Calli: "What is official policy of, when it comes to players whose names get changed?"

Why don't you ask Leo Fleischmann Forgacs ? He might know ;=>

Sep-26-05  Resignation Trap: There are other instances of names which have been changed. For example, A Jocha = Andras Adorjan .

Of course, when it comes to name changes, it's hard to outdo Dr. Jana Malypetrova Hartston Miles Bellin !

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  vonKrolock: Janos Balogh : <"...Even Flohr could not have performed more simply and smoothly.">; Geza Maroczy : <"An excellent game. White seemed to be superior, but his collapse was interesting and surprising. ..."> comments quoted by the winner himself
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  Noflaps: One of the interesting points of this artful game is this: 5...Ne4 may look at first like a blunder. But it is actually the start of a useful pawn sacrifice by black.

The sacrifice happens when white sees a chance to win a pawn with the tiny combination played here, and goes after the material.

After white captures black's pawn, black appears to be a pawn down. But at deep ply, an engine shows that it is black whose position is better -- by as much as half a pawn.

Pondering just why this might be true presents an interesting meditation. That Benko -- a mere teenager at the time and playing long before computer analysis in chess -- could correctly evaluate and have the confidence to play this novel gambit is certainly impressive, and should have alerted the world to watch for the coming of another grandmaster.

For nuances and background for Benko's games, the hefty and delightful (auto)biographical book by Benko and Jeremy Silman (first published, I believe, around 2003) is certainly recommendable.

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  TerryMills: I read this game in the book by Benko and Silman mentioned above. The book is excellent; well written, a pleasure to read - unusual for a chess book.

I admire the way that Benko simply pushes his opponent's king to a place where he cannot disrupt Benko's pawn majority. Beautiful.

As for Feldman/Florian issue mentioned above, it was not unusual in the 1940s for Jews in Hungary to change their names.

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