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Svetozar Gligoric vs Tony Miles
Hastings (1973/74), Hastings ENG, rd 7, Jan-03
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. Argentine Counterattack (A75)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Black was under strong pressure and so it is quite understandable why he played 23...b5 but it was not a good idea certainly. 25...Qb7 seems to be also a mistake as white can pin immediately the knight b6 playing 26.Qb5. After that black cannot prevent the loss of pawn on c5. I think Gligoric played all the game very well. The game could continue with 46...Ke7 (46...Nxe6 47.dxe6 Nb6 48.e7+ Ke8 49.Nd6#) 47.Nxf8 Rxf8 48.Nc5 Rd8 49.Rxd7+ Rxd7 50.Nxd7 Kxd7 51.Ke4 etc.
Oct-16-07  armis: This game clearly demonstrates what happens if black doesn't play vigorously and precisely in the modern benoni. Black got cramped and then his weaknesess started to tell. 22.e5! was a beautiful pawn sacrifice by Gligoric
Jul-15-13  ozmikey: A very classy game from Gligo. I'm not sure, but I think Black's only real chance to get back into it after the thematic breakthrough is the counter-sacrifice 23...e4, at least allowing the knight to get to e5. An important point earlier on (move 18, to be exact) is that Black can't get in the typical Benoni push ...c4 (with ...Nd3 in mind) because of Bb6 and Ra4 rounding up the pawn.
Jul-15-13  Nosnibor: I remember witnessing this game when it was being played.Two extremely good players no longer with us.This is game 114 in "I play against pieces" by Gligoric.<ozmikey> Gligos comment if black should play 23...e4 is "Nor would the the other attempt to activate counterplay by23...e4,bring Black any success because his pieces are too far back."
Jul-16-13  parisattack: Gligo was tough on the Benoni! Whenever I get the 'Benoni Fever' and think about playing it - I just go over Gligo's wins in 'I Play Against Pieces' and the fever breaks quickly.

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