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Pal Benko vs Wolfgang Uhlmann
Stockholm Interzonal (1962), Stockholm SWE, rd 17, Feb-24
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0

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Dec-21-05
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  nasmichael: The black king's path is made very long from the imposing white king. He cannot confront the lynchpin of the position (pawn at d4) until well after the white king strides in to claim some important territory.
Aug-25-14  zydeco: What a horrible way to lose: 72....Kh7 73.g6+ Kg7 74.Kg5 is zugzwang as is 73....Kg8 74.Kh6.

Uhlmann goes to a lot of trouble to win the h-pawn. He finally does, and then it turns out that his knight is stuck in the corner and can't come out: from move 66 to 71, black can never play ....Ng6 because white trades knights and wins the king-and-pawn endgame.

I haven't seen an explanation for Uhlmann's collapse in this tournament (he started out 10-4 and then lost five out of his last eight games to fail to qualify) but this grueling game may have something to do with it. Uhlmann seems to play pretty well the entire time and still loses. In the next round he lost to Aaron, the tournament's weakest player.

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