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Mark Hebden vs Jonathan C Benjamin
Chess for Peace (1987), London ENG, Sep-??
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Long Whip (C39)  ·  1-0



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Jun-24-06  KingG: You would have thought that the 19th century games by the likes of Morphy and Anderssen would have put 5...h5 out of commission. Strange opening choice by such a strong player, especially when you consider the number of perfectly good alternative defences.
Jun-24-06  ughaibu: I expect this is Jon Benjamin.
Jun-27-06  Chess Classics: <KingG> Indeed, although it is encouraging to see lines like this still being played occasionally, even if they are unsound. The resignation could have come a little earlier, though.


Jul-23-07  whiteshark: I like to see <The Long Whip>. I always get excited, feeling the pain. Uuuhh, I get off the track, sorry for my digression - now talking about chess: <I like to see <The Long Whip>. I always get excited, feeling the pain.>
Mar-12-12  Martin Benjamin: This and many of the early games in this database are ascribed to Joel Benjamin, the USA GM, but were actually played by my brother Jon Benjamin (1958 - 2000), who was a strong amateur in the UK. The games against Uhlmann and Rumens, and all the games from Halsberg and Schilde were Jon's, not Joel's. Given the same initial and surname, and the strength of the opposition, it is an understandable mistake. This is indeed a game by my brother Jon, who had a quixotic desire to essay the wildest of lines. He loved openings like this and 4...Qh4 v the Scotch.
Mar-12-12  Nemesistic: <Martin Benjamin> Where abouts in Britain did your brother play as an amateur? And is the American GM Joel Benjamin also a relation of yours? He was on Kasparov's team when he played deep blue wasn't he... Talented chess playing family either way.
Mar-12-12  Martin Benjamin: We are not related to Joel's family. Jon played mainly in London, and usually in evening leagues. He had some cracking wins in his occasional tournament play (e.g v Bogdan Lalic at Sutton in the 1980s), but most of his game scores have been lost, sadly. I still have a cutting from the Daily Telegraph of a wonderful game of Jon's from the Chess for Peace tournament in the 1980s which Malcolm Pein kindly published as an obituary.
Mar-12-12  Nemesistic: Thats so sad to hear about your brothers passing, and i expect you're very proud of him :)..

And Bogdan Lalic? Is he a relation of young Peter Lalic, as he plays in Sutton??

And im sorry your brother was taken at such a young age, im rubbish when it comes to things like this, i never know what to say.. Sorry.

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  moronovich: <He was on Kasparov's team when he played deep blue wasn't he...>


Close but not there yet.Joel was essential to Deep Blue and on their team.

Mar-13-12  Nemesistic: <moronovich> I knew he played some part in that match, my knowledge of chess history is really bad though :)
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  moronovich: <Nemesistic> It is OK.It is the love for the game that counts IMO.

Cheers mate !

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