Fischer Bashes Benko!

Fischer Bashes Benko!

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Chess Life magazine, Jan 1964 reported: "In the later stages of the tnmt (US CH) some of FIscher's opponents did almost as much to guarantee his 11-0 score as Bobby did. The building tension worked to Fischer's advantage...On Dec 30 he won his last game of 1963 - defeating Pal Benko with a neat little combination, after Benko had shown some suicidal tendencies in the management of his defense."

Pal Benko (HungarianBenkő Pál; born July 14, 1928) is a chess grandmaster, author, and composer of endgame studies and chess problems.

Some chess openings he pioneered are named for him:

Benko qualified for the 1970 Interzonal tournament, the leaders of which advance to the Candidates. However, he gave up his spot in the Interzonal to Bobby Fischer, who went on to win the World Championship in 1972.

Benko was inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame in 1993.


If you can copy this game into your own chess program it will probably be easier to read all the notes that way.

FUN FACTS: Dr Lasker went +13-0=0 at a NY Tnmt in 1893.

Capablanca went +7-0=0 at a NY State Tnmt 1910 and +11-0=0 at another NY Tnmt in 1914. 

Bobby Fischer went +11-0=0 in the 1963/4 US CH. Afterwards IM Trifunovic congratulated the 2nd place winner on winning the tournament and congratulated Fischer... for winning the exhibition!