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GM Pal Benko turns 75

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Old July 14th 03, 04:12 PM
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Pal Benko, the one-time "King of the Swisses" in the United States, turns 75 on
Tuesday, July 15. Remembered as the candidate who ceded his qualifying spot in
the interzonal to Fischer in 1970, Benko dominated the U.S. Open from the early
1960s to the mid-1970s, winning the tournament outright in 1961 (San
Francisco), 1964 (Boston), 1967 (Atlanta, Ga.) and 1969 (Lincoln, Neb.), and
sharing the championship in 1965 (San Juan, Puerto Rico), 1966 (Seattle), 1974
(New York) and 1975 (Lincoln, Neb.).
Although he has not played in a USCF-rated tournament since 1998 and is now
living in Hungary (where he grew up, winning the national championship at age
20), Benko remains active in chess as a regular columnist in Chess Life
magazine, writing "Endgame Lab."

Happy Birthday, Pal, whereever you are!

George Mirijanian
Old July 14th 03, 08:25 PM
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Happy birthday and thank you Grandmaster Pal Benko for all the
marvelous columns....pedagogic endgame literature, feisty delight for
5 decades and counting!!! Best wishes and may good winds be with you
always. Jude Acers /Chesslab/ New Orleans, Louisiana

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