Benko’s Great Sacrifice

Chess has a rich history full of stories that I share with my students to add extra colour to our lesson material. Below is the tale of Pal Benko’s incredible life’s journey and his great sacrifice which allowed Bobby Fischer to make history. Pal Benko was born while his Hungarian parents were vacationing in Amiens,Continue reading “Benko’s Great Sacrifice”

Pal Benko, Who Stepped Aside for Bobby Fischer, Dies at 91

Pal Benko, Who Stepped Aside for Bobby Fischer, Dies at 91 Pal Benko, a chess grandmaster who was among the world’s best players for two decades, but who gave up his place in the 1969-72 world championship cycle to Bobby Fischer, paving the way for Mr. Fischer to become world champion, died on Monday in Budapest.Continue reading “Pal Benko, Who Stepped Aside for Bobby Fischer, Dies at 91”

Pawn Sacrifice: Bobby Fischer Chess Puzzle 1

The movie Pawn Sacrifice has put the games of Bobby Fischer back into the spotlight. Below is a puzzle from one of Bobby’s games. Can you spot the winning combination?     Here is the complete game for your further enjoyment:   [Event “Curacao Candidates”] [Site “Willemstad CURACAO”] [Date “1962.06.14”] [EventDate “1962.05.02”] [Round “22”] [ResultContinue reading “Pawn Sacrifice: Bobby Fischer Chess Puzzle 1”