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Leonid Shamkovich vs Pal Benko
United States Championship (1980), Greenville, PA USA, rd 11, Jun-25
Modern Defense: Averbakh Variation (A42)  ·  1-0



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  FSR: Palling Around With Terrorists. (Shamkovich wrote the (unfortunately titled IMO) book <The Chess Terrorist's Handbook>. Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin asserted during the 2008 campaign that Barack Obama was "palling around with terrorists."
Apr-22-14  Howard: Any particular reason you picked this game to make your point about the late Leonid Shamkovich's book ?

Incidentally, Shamkovich and Benko played a rather memorable game in the previous U.S. Championship, in 1978. (There wasn't one in '79 due to lack of funds.) That game, in fact, even made the Informant.

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  FSR: <Howard> I nominated this game for GOTD under the title <Palling Around With Terrorists> - an allusion to the players: Pal Benko and "Chess Terrorist" Shamkovich. I am familiar with the game you mention (Benko claimed in <Chess Life> that Shamkovich's sacrifice was unsound; Shamkovich, annotating the game in his book <The Modern Chess Sacrifice>, disagreed). L Shamkovich vs Benko, 1978 I would have preferred to nominate that game rather than this one, but that game has already been GOTD under the pun <Sham-Wow>. The only other game the two played that is in the database is a 15-move draw - not an attractive candidate for GOTD. Benko vs L Shamkovich, 1981

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