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Pal Benko vs Kenneth Ray Smith
Casual game (1972) (blitz), New York, NY USA, May-11
Philidor Defense: Nimzowitsch. Rellstab Variation (C41)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: The story behind this game, as related by Burt Hochberg in "Title Chess":

In round 9 of the US Championship, Arthur Feuerstein had played the Philidor against Benko and drawn. Intrigued, Benko went to the tournament bookseller and plunked down good money to purchase Bent Larsen's pamphlet "Why Not the Philidor?", published the previous year by Chess Digest.

So now it's round 12, and Benko is paired with Robert Byrne, co-leader with Lubomir Kavalek and a point ahead of Benko--who promptly rolls out the Philidor! After seven moves, they reach this position:

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Whereupon Byrne played the tame 8.Qxd6, and the game soon ended in a draw: R Byrne vs Benko, 1972

Instead the book move is 8.Nc3, after which Larsen claimed that Black could equalize with 8...c6. In a post mortem after the Byrne game, Benko was claiming was that White should get the advantage in that line with 9.Qxd6 Bxd6 10.0-0-0.

As it happened, Ken Smith, the publisher of Chess Digest, happened to be in New York watching the championship. He quickly rallied to his publication's defense, and this friendly game was arranged for a $20 stake, with ten minutes for each player on the clock and Smith receiving draw odds.

Benko proved his point.

<"After the game, I asked Benko why, in his opinion, Larsen had recommended an inferior line. He said, 'Maybe it is not inferior--for Larsen.'">

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  FSR: I looked up this game in <Title Chess>, intending to submit it, but it's already here!
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  FSR: I submitted a correction slip:

<It was not a classical game, but a blitz game, played at 10 minutes per side. Source: Burt Hochberg, Title Chess, pp. 209-10.>

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  tpstar: 22 ... Nxg7 23. Nf6 Double Check and Mate!

Fairly rare NNRR vs NNRR situation.

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