Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
John Fedorowicz vs Joel Benjamin
"Don't Fight the Fed" (game of the day Nov-09-2015)
77th US Open (1976), Fairfax, VA USA, rd 4, Aug-18
Hungarian Opening: Symmetrical Variation (A00)  ·  1-0



find similar games 19 more Fedorowicz/Benjamin games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can get computer analysis by clicking the "ENGINE" button below the game.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Nov-09-15  mass61: Gradual systematic strangulation! queenside space + control of the long Wb diagonal + control of tha open a file + more active pieces = black desperate play to free up position and makes material sscrifices to gets some counterplay
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Evening: I think Black had to play 38...Rd8 with the idea of 39.Qa8,Qe8, unpinning the Bc8 whilst still protecting it at the same time, and the Bf6 performs the useful duty of protecting the Rd8.

Incidentally, I played this opening as White dozens of the times during the 70s, and CG should classify the opening as an English vs. KID. The position after 9.0-0 is a very standard English position.

Nov-09-15  jith1207: I just got this question, while playing through this game:

Would not 22..Qxb5 help Black pin white's supporting pawn to its unguarded queen after the other knight pulled out of support a move earlier? 23.Bc6 looks like trapping Black queen but surely Black Knight can take the Bishop as the supporting Knight is pinned again on to its queen.

Looks like that move would at least win a pawn or avoid such a bad position later in the game for Black. Can any one point to me if I am missing some tactics here?

Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: <jith> 22...Qxb5 23.Bc6 Nxc6 24.cxb5 Bxb3 25.Nxc6 Rc8 and now 26.Ne7 wins the Exchange, as 26...Rd8 is met by 27.Ng6+.
Nov-09-15  Shams: <23.Bc6> anyway! Very nice <Dom>.
Nov-09-15  whiteshark: It's <End! the! Fed!> for me.
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: The major pieces will plow accross the back row!
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: This is the only game in which Benjamin <did> fight the Fed:
Nov-09-15  Howard: The last time they played each other, according to, was their very short draw at the 2003 U.S. championship. Benjamin and the Fed were tied with six other players for first place going into the last round, but six of those players decided in that last round to just "take the money and run", if you can guess what I mean.

To be fair to Benjamin and Fed, they've always been close friends, and therefore they apparently felt in the last round to just take a quick draw and thus win the same amount of prize $$$. That's quite understandable.

By the way, the remaining two players out of those eight leaders did have a decisive result in the last round. But the loser would have had little reason to complain (and neither would the winner). Anyone recall exactly why ?!

Nov-09-15  Granny O Doul: Shabalov and Akobian (I think it was) each got a bonus of $5000 from the organizers for fighting. It is true, though, that of the four pairings, theirs was the only one where the higher-rated player also had the white pieces. Also, the more games around them ended in draws, the more financial sense it made to play it out.

As for this game, I'm pretty sure we called it the English opening back in my day.

Nov-09-15  Ferro: Star Wars
Nov-09-15  Ferro: y Carlsen: Me tacho
Nov-09-15  Ferro: Carlsen tacha su nombre, escrito en un viejo papel cartón color crema
Nov-09-15  Ferro: Topalov: Déjalo
Nov-09-15  Ferro: Topalov: me has amargado
Nov-09-15  Ferro: Freddie Mercury: Barcelona
Nov-09-15  Ferro: Imagen: ver a F. M. en un 1er plano vestido con un chandal blanco con tiras rojas laterales, verticales y paralelas, visto de medio perfil.
Nov-09-15  ChemMac: Black could hang on with a miserable position after 38....Rd8 and if 39.Qa8 Qe8
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: I was noodling around and noticed that Fed and Benjamin have played 19 times and this is the only decisive game! Seems odd. Benjamin beat Nigel Short in a match, 3-4. He certainly knows how to play for blood. One can only surmise that Joel and Fed made a lot of draws to split meager American tournament prizes, so they could pay their bills and buy the groceries next week.
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: As was noted above, these players were, and are, old friends.
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: I'm sure Magic Johnson and Larry Bird became friends, too. They would also cut off the other guy's gonads to win an NBA championship. No reason why friends can't compete hard.
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: With you there, but that's how they rolled; Petrosian and Geller often did things the same way.
Jan-20-21  Granny O Doul: "Don't fight the Fed" would seem more apt for any of the other 19 games of theirs in the database. There was at least one more decisive game between them; John won a Smyslov system against the KID (that's where White goes 2. Nf3, 3. Bg5, 4. e3, 5. c4, 6. Nc3; I had to look up the name myself) at a CCA international at the Marshall Chess Club in '79. Don't have the score but if you happen to have a complete collection of "Chess in New York State" then Bob's your uncle.
Jan-20-21  Olavi:
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: 18 draws in 19 games? Seems pretty limp, to me.
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
battering ram on the eighth rank
from unique themes by kevin86
forced positions breaking on the 8th rank
from jaime gallegos' favorite games by jaime gallegos
lateral ram takes aim at base of the black fortress
from chess strategems ii - under construction by gauer
Interesting Games
by Easy Point
both interest end
from jewish playersin chess by gmlisowitz
Round 4 (Wednesday, August 18)
from US Open 1976, Fairfax by Phony Benoni
BwanaVa's Favorite Flank Games
by BwanaVa
November 9: Don't Fight the Fed
from Game of the Day 2015 by Phony Benoni
Hungarian Opening: Symmetrical (A00) 1-0Batteries on open lines
from 1970s Nixon, Scooby D, Jaws, BJK, Disco, Evel Kn by fredthebear
interesting games
by JoeKa
Hungarian Opening: Symmetrical (A00) 1-0Batteries on open lines
from Hungarians are from Hungary, mostly by fredthebear
from Games of the day for 2015. by truepacifism
Hungarian Opening
by ISeth
0ZeR0's Favorite Games Volume 3
by 0ZeR0
Round 4 -- 18 Aug 1976
from US Open 1976, Fairfax, VA by ghost5

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC