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Jan Plachetka vs Peicho Chonev Peev
"Pet Peev" (game of the day Jul-19-2006)
Stary Smokovec (1974), rd 6
Benko Gambit: Accepted. Fianchetto Variation (A58)  ·  0-1



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Jul-19-06  CapablancaFan: <al wazir><White butchered the endgame. _Inter alia_, why not 35. Rc2 ?> Because after 35.Rc2, black responds 35...Ke5 and white's d5 pawn can't be saved anyway.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <think>, aside from the pun on "pet peeve," this game is a very good example of why the Benko was so feared in the 70's. No matter how many pieces get exchanged, Black's relentless pressure remains in force. In fact, Benko realized that in this gambit, the pressure gets heavier with every exchange. I used to have a Benko book from about '74 (might have been written by Levy) which included a game where Black swapped down to a K & P endgame when he was still minus the pawn--and the ending was a win!

I think White missed a few chances to draw here, but still, trying to hold this position is agony.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <al wazir>, 35.Rc2 might be a good idea, but what happens after 35...e7-e6; 36.dxe6,fxe6 with a strong center and protected passer for Black? He can also try to drive away the Knight with 35...g6-g5.
Jul-19-06  Confuse: another reason for why this might be game of the day might be because near the end it seems(to me) like white is becoming annoyed : )

nice game.

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  Phony Benoni: After 26...Bxf1:

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Unpleasant as it seems. perhaps White should have gone in for 27.Kxf1. Although Black can win the a-pawn and get two rooks to the seventh with a line like 27...Ra3 28.Rd3 Nb4 29.Rf3 Nxa2 30.Nxa2 Rxa2, White has fewer weaknesses to defend. The game continuation involves an immediate tactical blunder.

Of course, White may still have been trying to win at this point with his extra pawn.

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  Peligroso Patzer: <The17thPawn: I have to agree with GM Keene from his opening repetoire for white publication. I too have never felt comfortable when snatching the gambit pawn as white. Black just gets too much immediate play on the opened files.>

In addition, as pointed out by <An Englishman>, Black's pressure in the Benko Accepted is persistent and tends only to increase with exchanges.

Jul-19-06  padraic: what's wrong with 26.Bxc4?
Jul-19-06  CapablancaFan: <padraic> Loses the exchange to 26...Nxe1.
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  kevin86: The cat and mouse game played by both players is hilarious.

Black gives up pawns early,comes out pawns ahead late-beware of peev-he may follow you in a revolving door,but he will come out ahead!

Jul-19-06  patzer2: Black's 25...Nc2! is a clever defensive move, giving Black full equality if White counters correctly or more if he goes wrong. < padraic: what's wrong with 26.Bxc4? > Absolutely nothing! In facts it may be White's best move.

<CapablancaFan: <padraic> Loses the exchange to 26...Nxe1.> Well, yes it's true 26. Bxc4 Nxe1 temporarily loses the exchange. However, after 27. Rxe1 Rc2 (otherwise Black gets two pieces for the exchange) 28. Na4! Rxa4 29. Bd3 Raxa2 30. Bxa2 Rxa2 = (0.00 @ 15 depth, Fritz 8) White gets it all back with full equality.

Jul-19-06  patzer2: White got a bit too clever with 27. Rd2?! , which allowed the game to tilt in Black's favor. Instead, the rather obvious 27. Kxf1 = or 27. Rxf1 = is good for full equality.
Jul-19-06  CapablancaFan: The Benko Gambit has been a devestating weapon for black for years. Sacraficing a pawn for open lines,the initiative, and a devestating attack. The Benko Gambit:Tried by many, mastered by few.
Jul-19-06  Longbrow: Reminds me of the Fisher game posted a while back, "Bled to death"
Jul-19-06  dakgootje: <28. Na4! Rxa4 29. Bd3 Raxa2 30. Bxa2 Rxa2 = (0.00 @ 15 depth, Fritz 8)>

Aye, thats clever! I only calculated there up to the point Rc2, thinking white would play 28. Re3 where white WOULD lose the exchange because of Rc8 (bishop has to move, so knight falls)

Jul-19-06  Rocafella: <chessmoron> There is nothing wrong with English influence ;)
Jul-19-06  dakgootje: Well there is actually something wrong with it if it works against dutch influence. but if dutch and english influence can be combined there is indeed nothing wrong with it *nods*
Jul-19-06  Rocafella: Haha go and drink some beer, 16 y.o age limit :o{.
Jul-19-06  LPeristy: That the Benko Gambit does not lose is, to me, one of the great mysteries of chess.
Jul-20-06  dakgootje: Yups, they definately need to lower the age when its legal to drink in the usa and many other parts of this world. I mean, well, whats wrong with a beer, or 2... or 3, or maybe slightly more, but not too much you know, when your 16? Why is that you count as an adult though are still not allowed to drink even a beer? Nonsense!

ps: what is the drinking age in GB?

Jul-20-06  Rocafella: <dark> It's 18!!
Jul-22-06  dakgootje: outrageous! Riot?
Jul-22-06  Rocafella: I've had a few police dealings with it yes;)
Jul-23-06  brankat: Back in my old country nobody ever asked about your age, as long as You had money in the pocket. I started going to bars when I was 15, so did just about everybody else. Funny, there was a far smaller percentage of alcholics, then, f.e. in the USA or Canada.
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  Zenchess: 11. Re1?! is weak -- the Rook is just a target on e1 thanks to Black's reply. Korchnoi's treatment of putting the Q on c2 and the Rooks on b1 and d1 or c1 is better:

Korchnoi vs Quinteros, 1973
Korchnoi vs Gurgenidze, 1957

In fact, with the Rook on d1, White can play e4, since he does not have to fear a Black incursion on d3:

Hort vs R Calvo, 1973

Nov-30-08  crwynn: I think that Fritz line deserves a diagram:

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I calculated this far and thought Black wins because of 28.Re3? Rc8; instead White has 28.Na4!!

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And after either piece is captured, there is a fork getting the Exchange back. Now that is something....

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