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Boris Spassky vs Pal Benko
Amsterdam Interzonal (1964), Amsterdam NED, rd 13, Jun-06
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Smyslov Variation Main Line (B17)  ·  1-0



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Nov-25-06  Rama: This becomes a tense struggle. Is there such a thing as a prepared variation in the Caro? The white Knight makes 5 of white's first 11 moves.

With 13. ... Nbd5, black looks equal, to me. After 17. ... Rfe8, both sides are fully centralized and play shifts to the Q-side.

18. ... Qc8, threatens 19. ... Ba6, which white cannot comfortably parry with the c-pawn because of the pin; yet he needs that square for the pawn. Therefore 19. Ba4 ..., and it can still interpose on b5 if need be.

On 20. dxc5 ..., it would seem that recapturing with the Bishop would have been better. It can be kicked with b4 but does white want to play such a move? The c-pawn objects! 20. ... bxc5, creates permanent weaknesses.

22. Bd3 ..., shifts play temporarily from the Q-side back to the center where mass carnage ensues starting with 25. ... Nxe5.

29. ... Be4, is clever but cannot conceal the weakness of black's Q-side pawns. With 34. Rxc5 ..., Spassky begins dissecting Benko's position.

42. Rd7 ..., threatens a discovered attack on the Knight, so the piece must move. This gives white time for c5-c6-c7 in quick succession.

The pawn queens and white emerges a piece up -- the Bishop triumphs at last -- with pawns to spare. Benko resigns.

Benko hung himself with the pawn-move; Spassky was cool enough and professional enough to make it count.

Mar-24-13  birthtimes: Excellent example of the winning advantage of rook and bishop versus rook and knight...
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  HeMateMe: This is the only opening I've seen that is named after Karpov, in conjunction with Smyslov. I think one name is enough for an opening. Whoever did it first gets to have their name on it.
Apr-13-14  zydeco: It's fairly rare to see Spassky win in a pure endgame. Benko probably thought he was hanging in until about move 34. 37.Be8 makes it clear that white is completely winning.
Apr-08-15  A.T PhoneHome: Spassky made sure that Benko has nothing left to do in the endgame.

Spassky became a whole new player under Bondarevsky's wing, that's a fact!

Oct-25-17  Saniyat24: Got beaten, Pal?
Oct-25-17  paavoh: <HMM> <...I think one name is enough for an opening. Whoever did it first gets to have their name on it.>

I agree with the first part, one name should be plenty. But I still think that ECO classification is more accurate, and that's available on the search page too. If only the move transposition would work here at CG...

As for the second part, often it is not the first but the best-known proponent who has his name affixed to the opening line.

Jan-27-18  edubueno: El final de partida es coincidente con Fischer vs Petrosian Bled 1961. Benko está perdido desde antes.
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  OrangeTulip: Benko getting some USSR spanking by Tal and Spassky in the CK defense

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