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Lone Pine 1976 Original Scoresheets

GM Pal Benko vs. GM Oscar Panno

Louis D. Statham
Master Chess Tournament
Result: Draw, Round #5, Board #4
Thursday, March 11th, 1976

Note: This scoresheet digital scan is in black & white...

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"The Game"

GM Pal Benko vs. GM Oscar Panno

Louis D. Statham
Master Chess Tournament
Lone Pine, CA
Result: Draw, Round #5, Board #4
Time Control: 45 // 2 & 1/2
Thursday, March 11th, 1976

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  1. d4 d5

  2. c4 c6

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  4. Nc3 Nf6

  5. Nf3 Nc6

  6. Bf4 e6

  7. e3 Be7

  8. Bd3 0-0

  9. Rc1 Bd7

  10. h3 Qa5

  11. 0-0 Rfc8

  12. a3 a6

  13. e4 de

  14. Ne4 Nd8

  15. Qe2 Bb5

  16. Bg5 Bd3

  17. Qd3 Qb5

  18. Qb5 ab

  19. Bf6 gf

  20. Nc3 b4

  21. ab Bb4

  22. Rfd1 Kf8

  23. d5 Bc3

  24. Draw

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This game featured the exchange variation of the the
Slav Defense. GM Panno playing to equalize did so
with the maneuver 15... Bb5 followed shortly there-
after with 17... Qb5. This led to an equal endgame
position in which neither player was in a further
mood to fight for more. This (of course) led to
an early exit to the ever busy analysis room. As,
then after the finish of the post-mortem analysis,
GM Benko would show us just a small sampling
of his many endgame compositions for all of us
to enjoy and relish!

These original scoresheets are in very good shape (they
remained boxed & fully protected for over twenty-seven
years). Both scoresheets are fully signed by both GM
Benko & GM Panno (matched set pair). Quite suitable
for framing... :-)

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