CHECKMATE. By Hermes Valenzuela Martinez

Christmas dates are additionally linked to the sport of chess greater than a thousand years previous, both by holding completely different suggestive tournaments or by references on the board. Regarding this latter side, it’s essential to recall an endgame chart for the determine of Noel and Pal Benko (1928-2019).

Together with many different chess issues, he devised a number of Christmas associated ones, the so-called “Christmas Tree checkmate in Three” (Christmas tree checkmate with solely two kings and completely different pawns).

[Solución para los curiosos: 1. ¡Rb8! Rxb6 (1..Rd7 2. c8 = D mate; 1… Rc5 2. c8 = D + Rxb6 3. c5 mate) 2. c8 = T! (2. c8 = D ?? ) Ra6 3. Tc6 mate]

Pal Benko was a Hungarian-American chess participant finest recognized for his work on endgame and chess issues printed within the journal. chess life US federation for many years.

He’s additionally remembered for giving his place to Bobby Fischer (1943-2008) within the interregional match in 1970, later successful the 1972 World Championships in Reykjavik.

He had no actual probability to make clear what had occurred, which paved the way in which for Fischer to change into the world champion. He obtained two thousand {dollars} from the American federation, however famous that the quantity was the help charge in these circumstances.

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