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Pal Benko vs Bruno Parma
Belgrade (1964), Belgrade YUG, rd 4, Sep-??
Queen's Indian Defense: Opocensky Variation (E17)  ·  1-0



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  manselton: Shereshevsky picks up the position from 24...g6. White would like to play 25.Rxe8 Rxe8 26.Rd7? but 26...Ne5 refutes this, defending f7 and forking B+R.

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  manselton: 30.Ke4

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...Ke7? now loses to 31.Kd5 Kd7 32.Ba4+ Ke7 33.Bxe8 Kxe8 34.Kc6

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But 30...Nf6+ was possible. As it is more active I'd have preferred it. White is still winning though e.g. 1.Ke5 Ng4+ 32.Kd6 Nxf2 (32...f6 and ...Ke7 may be a little better but it is still lost) 33.Kc6 Ke7 34.Kb7 Kd6 35.Kxa7 Kc5 36.Bxf7 Nd1 37.b3 Nc3 38.b4+! White gets the outside QRP which queens on a White square and begins the K-march back to the K-side Kxb4 39.Kxb6

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  manselton: 33.Bc4

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It makes little difference to the game but Shereshevsky gives the next few moves as 33...Ne6 34.g4 Nc7 transposing back to our text. He has to have the score wrong as 33...Ne6 34.Kd5 is surely still winning for White.

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  manselton: 34.g4 Ke7 35.Ke5 f6+ 36.Ke4 Kf8 37.h5

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Excluded from the Q-side White has advanced his pawns to create K-side weaknesses. He wants the square e5 as a pivot for his King to go either side. If Black plays 37...gxh5 he gets zugszwanged 38.gxh5 Kg7 39.Kf5 And now Knight moves allow Ke6 and ...b5 opens the c5 square to White's King.

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  manselton: Notice how contrary to the usual advice White is putting his pawns on squares the same colour as his Bishop. On the K-side this gave him e5 and the Queen side it just happens this is most advanced his pawns can get. White maximizes his Q-side space before invading to win material and queen a pawn. This minimizes any possible counter-play.
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  manselton: 47.Be4 repositioning the Bishop to dominate the Knight (take its possible squares away) when his King invades.

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On the long diagonal it will also support the queening of a pawn.

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