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Robert Durkin vs Geza Fuster
58th US Open (1957), Cleveland, OH USA, rd 11, Aug-15
Sodium Attack: General (A00)  ·  1-0



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Sep-30-08  neverfallen: Durkin plays high quality games. I think his performance is 2950 in this game. This and many others of his games are interesting (He's aggressive, attacks as soon as possible and doesnt play for a draw like many GMs nowadays)
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  Phony Benoni: This game was from round 11 of the 1957 US Open in Cleveland, Ohio.

I've gone through a few of Durkin's games from this event, and he often uses the plan adopted here: go for a Stonewall formation, play dxc5, and anchor the Durkin knight on d4. Fuster's idea of opening the b-file to focus on White's backward b-pawn seems logical, but once he's forced to play ...c4 a lot of flexibility goes out of his position. White has just enough threats on the kingside to distract Black from his plan.

After 39.hxg6, recapturing leads to a lost ♔+♙ ending: White trades the rooks on h8 and penetrates with his king via d4, then has the choice of grabbing Black's a-pawn or zugging him out of the e-pawn.

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