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Oscar Panno vs Pal Benko
Portoroz Interzonal (1958), Portoroz SLO, rd 9, Aug-19
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  1-0



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Sep-06-06  nescio: A game in Panno's style. No brilliant attacks with sacrifices, but a beautiful positional struggle against an opponent who is no mean positional player himself. One look at the position after 15.Bf4 is sufficient to see that it is equal...if Black could only castle! As it is Black's king is hindering the activation of the rooks and Panno exploits this by bringing his own king to the centre. With 24.Rd1! he prevents the Black plan Ke8-d7-e6 and 30.Rb4! starts a manoeuvre to free the d5 square for his king and to weaken the black queenside pawns so that every pawn or bishop endgame is won for White. In the end the white king wins the game by marching to e6.
Sep-06-06  RookFile: I think ...h5 was a mistake. Maybe ....Rg6 and ...Re6 was ok.
Sep-06-06  nescio: <RookFile: I think ...h5 was a mistake. Maybe ....Rg6 and ...Re6 was ok.> Maybe you're right, but I think that after h4 and Kf5 the activity of the king gives White a lasting advantage and the defense won't be easy.

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