03 January 2011

Fischer - Benko, U.S. Championship 1963

Like the two previous games -- Unzicker - Fischer, 1962 Varna (26 moves) and Fischer - Najdorf, 1962 Varna (24 moves) -- the next game in this series titled 18 Memorable Games is a short, sharp win by Fischer over a world class GM. The game Fischer - Benko, U.S. Championship 1963, is no.46 in Fischer's 60 Memorable Games and no.72 in Kasparov's Predecessors IV. As usual, the PGN is given here with the punctuation by both Fischer and Kasparov.

[Event "US Championship"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1963.??.??"]
[Round "10"]
[White "Fischer, R."]
[Black "Benko, P."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B09"]

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.f4 Nf6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Bd3 Bg4 {FIS: '?'; KAS: '?!'} 7.h3 Bxf3 8.Qxf3 Nc6 9.Be3 e5 {KAS: '?!'} 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.f5 gxf5 12.Qxf5 Nd4 13.Qf2 {KAS: '!'} 13...Ne8 14.O-O Nd6 15.Qg3 {KAS: '?!'} 15...Kh8 {KAS: '?!'} 16.Qg4 {KAS: '!'} 16...c6 17.Qh5 Qe8 {FIS: '?'; KAS: '?'} 18.Bxd4 exd4 19.Rf6 {FIS: '!'; KAS: '!!'} 19...Kg8 20.e5 h6 21.Ne2 {FIS: '!'; KAS: '!'} 1-0

The only real point of disagreement between the two former World Champions involves the 15th moves for both sides, which Kasparov believes is a double inaccuracy: 15.Qg3 {KAS: '?!'} 15...Kh8 {KAS: '?!'}. To play through the complete game, see...

Robert James Fischer vs Pal Benko; US Ch. 1963

...on Chessgames.com.

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