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Kenneth Smith vs Walter Browne
San Antonio (1972), San Antonio, TX USA, rd 15, Dec-10
Benoni Defense: Benoni Gambit Accepted (A43)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: Have to wonder if Browne played 1...c5 hoping Smith would transpose back to his gambit with 2.e4.
Jan-29-13  Shams: <Phony Benoni> Good catch, he very well may have. On the other hand, this was the first of four <A43> games Browne played as Black in 1972, so definitely in his "Benoni period".
Jan-29-13  FadeThePublic: smith crushed Browne LMAO
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  OBIT: According to legend, Browne did in fact play 1...c5 to bait Smith into playing his gambit. Smith had already tried the Smith-Morra three times at San Antonio, 1972, against Donald Byrne, Larry Evans, and Henrique Mecking. All three were lost in decisive fashion. The butchering of his gambit prompted a memorable diatribe from Bent Larsen: analyzing K Smith vs M C Lopez, 1972 for the tournament book, Larsen gave Lopez's 1...e6 response to 1. e4 a question mark with the note, "Stronger is 1...c5, winning a pawn".

After the third loss, a 19-move debacle against Mecking, Smith gave up trying to play the gambit against top competition, and in the final round he opened with 1. d4 against Browne. Browne coyly responded with 1...c5, gving Smith a second chance to essay the gambit, but Smith avoided this opportunity as well. Excuse me for sounding melodramatic, but such pathos... Smith was a broken man.

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