Pal Benko: My Life, Games, and Compositions

Siles Press, 2003 - 668 Seiten
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Grandmaster Pal Benko is a chess legend: A challenger for the World Championship, an innovator of many modern opening systems, a problem composer par excellence, and a father figure to his close friend Bobby Fischer, Benko has played and defeated most of the top players of the last fifty years. This biography is a celebration of a great man's creative legacy. Its amazing collection of 138 deeply annotated games which have been carefully prepared to be entertaining, enlightening, and instructive is brought to life by Benko's memoirs of his early years in war-torn Hungary, a world of poverty, chaos, pain, and ultimately, personal triumph. His insights into famous grandmasters transform legends into real people with substance and personality, and his reminiscences of famous tournaments take us on a journey through chess history unlike anything that's been published before. Interviews with note players offer insights into Benko's nature. A massive survey of Benko's openings (by John Watson) shows us the scope of Benko's theoretical contributions to the game. Photos abound, and 300 of Benko's chess compositions allow lovers of the game to become intimately acquainted with a strikingly beautiful aspect of chess that most have overlooked. This highly entertaining and instructive book gives competitors who wish to improve their playing strength a dynamic, fun way to deepen their knowledge and understanding.

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Pal Benko is a Grandmaster, a former World Championship candidate, a winner of innumberable international competitions, the author of numerous articles and several chessbooks (including WINNING WITH CHESS PSYCHOLOGY and CHESS ENDGAME LESSONS), and the most dominating open tournament player in American history, Pal Benkos name is entwined in virtually every modern area of chess mythology and chess theory.

Jeremy Silman is an International Master and a world-class teacher, writer, and player who has won the American Open, the National Open, and the U.S. Open. He is the author of over thirty-four highly popular books, including THE AMATEURS MIND, HOW TO REASSESS YOUR CHESS, THE COMPLETE BOOK OF CHESS STRATEGY, and THE REASSESS YOUR CHESS WORKBOOK. His website ( offers fans of the game free instruction, book reviews, and an easy way to keep up with chess news.

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