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Paul Keres vs Pal Benko
First Piatigorsky Cup (1963), Los Angeles, CA USA, rd 9, Jul-17
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Chistyakov Defense Modern Line (C07)  ·  1-0

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Nov-11-04  InspiredByMorphy: 15. ...O-O looks safer to me.
Jun-18-14  zydeco: Benko seems to have more terrible games -- in which he gets overrun in the early middle game -- than just about any other grandmaster of his class. Keres in particular had a gift for making Benko look like a fish (Petrosian says that Keres' strategy against Benko was to 'always complicate the position, regardless of risk').

Black should castle on move 12 or move 15 (Reshevsky recommends 15.....Be6 although I don't see the problem with 15....0-0 followed by ....Bf5). Black is basically already lost when he decides to sacrifice the exchange on move 20.

Jan-25-19  Beancounter: It's difficult to understand the preference for Rf8 rather than O-O on move 15.

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