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Joel Benjamin vs Robert Lee Hess
US Chess Championship (2013), St Louis, MO USA, rd 2, May-04
Four Knights Game: Spanish Variation (C48)  ·  1-0



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  SteinitzLives: 8 Nc6 seems a creative attempt at initiative and by 17 Qb3 white was clearly better. Notice how after 28 b3 all of whites pawns are on light squares and all of blacks are on dark squares.

Benjamins' technique to bring this about with Bs of same color (dark) is very impressive. Watching this materially even game from move 28 as white unhurriedly improves his position to the triumphant rook penetration on the 7th on move 45, is textbook transfer of advantages play.

Hess could have resigned on move 55 being two connected passed pawns down in a simple R and P endgame against a more than solid vet like Benjamin.

May-06-13  wierba: 74 why ra7? rg1 winning too
May-06-13  Nerwal: For a human 74. ♖a7 is a useful zugzwang, almost as easy as 74. ♖g1. 74... ♔h5 75. ♖a2 is immediate, and otherwise the white king reaches g file, after which win is totally obvious.

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