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Herman Steiner vs Harry Fajans
47th US Open (1946), Pittsburgh, PA USA, rd 5, Jul-12
Indian Game: Pseudo-Queen's Indian. Marienbad System (A47)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: 26...Nxg4 does yield three pawns for the piece, but there's more to chess than memorizing the Table of Relative Values. In this case, White's rooks cavort over the resulting open lines, while Black's are sitting on the couch munching potato chips. With only his queen in play against queen, two rooks, and knight, Black doesn't stand a chance.

The finish is brutal: 34...Qxf7 35.Nxh6+ forks, and 34...Kxf7 35.Qe6+ Kf8 36.Rf1+ also barbecues Black.

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  FSR: Black improves with 8...Nc6 (<before> castling) 9.Qh4 h6! and Black is at least equal. Opening Explorer
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  FSR: As <Phony Benoni> suggests, 26...Nxg4 is a Really Bad Idea. Maybe 26...f5!? 27.Ng5!? fxg4 28.Ne6 Nf5 29.Qc3 gxh3 30.Nxd8 Rxd8 merits consideration?
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  Phony Benoni: The score we have here is from the tournament book. Herman Steiner's column in the Los Angeles Times, July 28, 1946, p. 41, adds the moves <34...Kxf7 35.Qe6+> 1-0.

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