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Donald Byrne vs Samuel Reshevsky
"Feel the Byrne" (game of the day May-10-2018)
Third Rosenwald Trophy (1956), New York, NY USA, rd 1, Oct-07
Benoni Defense: King Pawn lines (A65)  ·  1-0



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Jun-12-12  LoveThatJoker: Tremendous strategic and, taken in its entirety, powerful game from IM Donald Byrne!

<14. b4!> Just an excellent move - if 14...cxb4 15. Nb5 with play against d6.

<15. a5> Yet another excellent move with the same idea as above: if 15...cxb4, then 16. Nb5 Qxa5?! 17. Nxd6 with advantage for White.


May-10-18  andrewjsacks: I am surprised here to find Reshevsky playing the Benoni, which seems quite counter to his positional style.
May-10-18  SeanAzarin: Probably Reshevsky did it because he knew Byrne would have a line prepared for his usual openings and wanted to cross him up.
May-10-18  AlicesKnight: It didn't hurt him much - he won by two clear points - and all the subsequent attention was on the Byrne-Fischer game......
May-10-18  Ironmanth: Sammy did not look altogether impressive in this Benoni execution. Bravo to Donald Byrne in this to take advantage of seeming inaccuracies.
May-10-18  Ratt Boy: I miss the Benoni. I never see it anymore in high-level GM games. <sigh…>
May-10-18  morfishine: Feeble, clueless effort by Black

Only 4 players in the history of chess know how to play the Benoni and Reshevsky aint one of'em


May-10-18  catlover: I'm not sure where Reshevsky went astray in the opening, but by move 14 that pin from the bishop on f4 was making life uncomfortable.
May-10-18  offramp: <morfishine: Feeble, clueless effort by Black Only 4 players in the history of chess know how to play the Benoni and Reshevsky aint one of'em...>

Tal IS one of 'em. Then I reckon Dragoljub Velimirovic and possibly the great Pal Benko and Milan Matulovic.

The main man you are suggesting is of course Fischer. He played and won with it almost always - but he lost once to Spassky.

May-10-18  morfishine: <offramp> While leaning slightly toward sarcasm, IMHO the 4 players are: Tal, Fischer, Nezhmetdinov & Planinc

So you got 2 out of 4 right! Very good!

May-10-18  offramp: <morfishine: <offramp> While leaning slightly toward sarcasm, IMHO the 4 players are: Tal, Fischer, Nezhmetdinov & Planinc So you got 2 out of 4 right! Very good!>

Velimirovic <has> played the Benoni a heck of a lot: 125 games, and every one is a Maserati!

Matulovic - not so much. A Trabant, perhaps. But he does play the opening a lot.

I will be having a look at Planinc's Benonis. I bet they are superb. Thanks for the heads up!

May-10-18  anjumskhan: Whole point of BxNf3 is to play Ne5 which Reshevsky never tried and lost the game.
May-10-18  morfishine: <offramp> Again, I am being somewhat sarcastic, obviously many players have used the Benoni over the years, thus there are tons of players that I have left out due to my biases.

Thanks for the heads up on Velimirovic! I will check out

May-10-18  dashjon: this was played a week before I was born! It aged as well as I have!!
May-10-18  morfishine: <offramp> Here's a starter: A Lukin vs A Planinc, 1965


May-10-18  cormier: <12... Qc7 <12...Qb8 was played in B Wexler vs Bronstein, 1960 (0-1) <13. Rc1 O-O 14. b4 Rfe8 15. a5 Qb8? <15...Rac8 16.Na4 Nxe4 17.Re1 g5 18.Rxe4 gxf4 19.bxc5 = +0.08 (34 ply)>>>>
May-10-18  AdolfoAugusto: Hey <morfshine> Thank you for the tip, as I have a special interest in the Benoni I will expand into all the players you list.

What about my personal hero?

Vugar Gashimov always played a sharp Benoni, didn't he? (and a very interesting Dragon)

Just my two cents.

May-11-18  morfishine: <AdolfoAugusto> You are welcome sir! Frankly, I have very little knowledge in the Benoni as my comments were half-sarcastic, but that means the other half carry some real weight :)

My only understanding is that the Benoni fell seriously out of favor (at the GM level) sometime in the late 1980's or 1990's

Happy Chess! morf


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