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Mikhail Tal vs Pal Benko
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Bled, Zagreb & Belgrade YUG, rd 28, Oct-29
Sicilian Defense: Hyperaccelerated Dragon (B27)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  MoonlitKnight: Tal, who had a 5-0 score against Benko prior to this game, offered a draw on move 12 to secure his victory in the Candidates Tournament. To Tal's surprise, his opponent declined. Nevertheless he went on to reach a superior game by move 21, but instead of going into the won ending, he gave a perpetual. To the wondering journalists, he explained: 'When I want to win against Benko, I win; when I want to draw, I draw!'
Feb-03-04  ughaibu: Paraphrasing Rubinstein.
Feb-03-04  ughaibu: H Wolf vs Rubinstein, 1907
May-03-04  paultopia: Was this the game where Benko wore the dark glasses as an attempt to avoid Tal's "hypnotism?" I think it was... not sure.
Dec-08-04  offramp: I think Tal had been asked by his trainer to make a draw - I can't remember why.
Dec-08-04  tex: <offramp> Gee, I wonder if it had anything to do with winning the candidates tournament?
Dec-08-04  offramp: <tex: <offramp> Gee, I wonder if it had anything to do with winning the candidates tournament?> I believe he had already won the Candidates' Tournament. He could have won this game, but his trainer had told him not to; why?
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  Benzol: I think Tal only required a draw to win the Candidates tourney. Koblentz told Tal to offer a draw and Tal said he would. Benko, however, refused Tal's draw offer (see previous posts) so play carried on. Tal felt that having given his word about drawing he couldn't go back on it hence the draw by repetition.
Dec-08-04  Whitehat1963: He's clearly miles ahead, but how would he have forced the win?
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  Benzol: 24...♔h8 25.♖g1 is a possibility.
May-18-05  aw1988: <SicilianDragon> Here's a good one.
Feb-17-06  Resignation Trap: The shot with the dark glasses took place after Black's 4th move (...Nc6). According to Benko, it was just a joke.
Feb-19-06  Resignation Trap: Tal was ahead of Keres by one point and only needed a draw to become Botvinnik's challenger. If Tal needed to win, he could have tried 24.Rd1 Rad8 25. Qf5+ Kh8 26.Rxd6! Rxd6 27.Qxe5+ and 28.Qxd6.
May-24-06  samikd: 23. Qg5 forces the exchange of Queens
23..Qg5 (otherwise 24. 24.Qh6+ followed by 25. Rg1+# is mate) 24.hg5 and White has a won endgame
Jun-11-09  WhiteRook48: i see, did the want to make it prearranged?
Mar-20-10  abstract: I wonder how would this be among Benko's notable games with a draw forced by his opponent?!
Jun-05-11  bronkenstein: The famous ˝Sunglasses game˝ , movie and reportage ( on Russian thou ) :

Benko had black sunglasses to stop Tal from hypnotising him ( @ these times, legends were walking around about young ˝Magician from Riga˝ , people were trying to explain his unbelieveable victories in different ways, luck , hypnotic powers ... ) .

Few moments later , Tal stood up and asked Petrosian for his big black beach sunglasses , the moment not covered here , and the audience started laughing , Benko removed the glasses soon , and Tal did the same.

The rest of the story is pretty much covered in the previous posts.

Jul-25-20  kereru: They didn't have Elo ratings back then so there was really no motivation for Tal to drag the game out when he only needed a draw.

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