Efim Geller Pal Benko

Astonishing Benko goes for an inferior continuation in the Tarrasch variation of the French and equalises easily Geller must really have been on terra incognita here later practical examples have shown that White is better advised to take his queens knight to f3, and then develop the king's knight via e2. In the game, White wants to exploit the weaknesses on e5 and g5. After 18 moves Geller wisely offers a draw According to the bulletin, Benko hesitated before accepting, but in the end he...

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The point of the queen manoeuvre. 31 Wxb7 The alternative was 31 2xa3, intending to continue with 32 1al+ 33.Afl MS after 32.Bxc7. Mednis - as well as Boleslavsky in the bulletin - now indicate 34.f3 as winning, but Kasparov shows that in that case Black has a beautiful way to make a draw 34 h5 35.4> f2 Sa2+, and in order to escape the checks, the white king has to go to c3. This is followed by a rook check on c2, followed by Hc2-f2, after which the white bishop is caught. White will have to...

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Fischer - Benko 1 -0 Tal - Petrosian The situation at the top remains unchanged. Geller has to work hard to salvage a draw and stays in the lead with 1472 points. Both Keres and Petrosian are still in a position to catch up with him the Estonian is trailing by half a point, but still has to play his game against Fischer. As we know, he won that particular game. Petrosian is 1 Vi points off the pace, but this is after 20 games. And we also know that his adjourned game against Filip would yield...

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The bulletin opens with the observation that Tal is following the tournament from his hospital bed with the aid of a magnetic chess board. This enabled him to witness how Geller's hope of victory went up in smoke after his dramatic defeat at the hands of Fischer. Petrosian exploited Geller s slip-up by beating Kortchnoi with striking ease. This game has become the most famous one of all the games in this tournament. This is somewhat puzzling, as any good grandmaster would have been able to play...