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Herbert Avram vs Eldis Cobo Arteaga
59th US Open (1958), Rochester, MN USA, rd 12, Aug-15
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Closed Variation (E87)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: Tournament winner Cobo-Arteaga had taken the lead with his victory over Evans in the previous round (Larry Evans vs E Cobo Arteaga, 1958), and needed to win this last round game to be assured of first place. He did not back down from the challenge, and accomplished the task in fine style.

Unfortunately, there is a problem with the score near the end of the game. After <38...Qd3+>:

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I have found three publications of the game. The earliest of these was in "Chess Life", September 20, 1958, p. 11, finished <39.Rbc2 Qd1+> 0-1

However, in the tournament book and the game's republication in "Chess Life", January 20, 1959, the finish is given as <39.Rec2 Qf1+> 0-1

In submitting the game I have chosen the first continuation, as it seems more likely to force immediate resignation. In the second line, after 40.Rc1 Black would probably repeat the position with 40...Qd3+ 41.R1c2, and White would probably continue until Black demonstrated a sure win..

If I'm wrong, I'm wrong. But Black is winning in any event, and the game is a a fine effort by Cobo Arteaga ina crucial situation.

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Round 12 (Friday, August 15)L CL 1958.09.02, 195901.20; TB
from US Open 1958, Rochester by Phony Benoni

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