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Robert James Fischer vs Pal Benko
Curacao Candidates (1962), Willemstad CUW, rd 8, May-13
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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Aug-02-04  Knight13: Hehe. Black's rook is stuck.
Jan-22-05  MidnightDuffer: Benko writes in "Winning with Chess Psychology" he took a restroom break at move 19; He came back and forgot his plan;

"... When I returned, I smiled when I saw that Fischer had indeed played 19. Nxe6?, falling into the trap. Unthinkingly, and before even sitting down, I grabbed his knight with 19...Bxe6??, completely forgetting for that one moment, what I had planned in case he took the poisoned pawn: 19. ...Bxb2+! forces a draw: 20. Kxb2 Qb4+ 21. Kc1 Qa3+ 22. Kd2 Qa5+ 23 Kc1 (23 Ke3? Bxe6 and Black wins) 23. ... Qa3+, etc."

And now you know the rest of the story!

Jul-22-05  Knight13: 33. a5! BRILLIANT MOVE!
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  FSR: That is a really stupid story by Benko. Apparently when you're playing in a candidates match, trying to become the challenger for the world championship, <you ought to think about your move before you play it>. What a revelation!
Aug-09-17  Wein4tler: 19. Nxe6? not Fischer's best move - 19.Qh5 h6 Qg6 - now taking the poisoned pawn: Bxb2+ comes too late.
Aug-09-17  ughaibu: Why didn't Fischer accuse Benko of throwing games to him? After all, he had a forced draw but preferred to lose.
Aug-09-17  Petrosianic: He didn't say he <preferred> to lose, he said he forgot. But it's true, that on the face of it, this game is more suspicious than any of the ones Fischer complained about.

Of course "more suspicious" than "not at all suspicious" still isn't saying much. Recall that Benko beat Fischer in Round 1 of the tournament.

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  scutigera: <FSR>: That's unfair. He *did* think about the move, and he remembered that he had thought about the move. He forgot, alas, the results of that thinking until reminded by Fischer: a variation of Kotov syndrome. That's how the human brain works sometimes, however we try to Vulcanize it.
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  Knightf7mate: A major Fischer game with less than one page of kibitzes, almost 20 years since this site began. Why this anomaly?
Jan-12-21  Petrosianic: <Knightf7mate: A major Fischer game with less than one page of kibitzes, almost 20 years since this site began. Why this anomaly?>

If you feel that way, why didn't you contribute something, instead of just asking other people to do it for you?

As far as it being a major game, you'll find that most people don't know much about Fischer's games beyond Fischer-Spassky, My 60 Memorables, and a couple of others. I once tried to start a discussion on Fischer's best game of each calendar year, and had people angry with me for asking, because they hadn't the slightest idea what was Fischer's Best Game of 1968, for example, and didn't like being made aware of it.

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  FSR: <scutigera> Blitzing out a move "Unthinkingly, and before even sitting down" is a recipe for disaster.

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