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    Since your mental state can have such dramatic effects on your body, obviously your physical condition can affect your mental well-being. It follows that regular physical conditioning should be part of your overall chess training.
    — Pal Benko
    tags: mental  body  chess 
     
    Sometimes players need to gain time on the clock by repeating the position, but most often its purpose is to wear down the opponent psychologically.
    — Pal Benko
    tags: time 
     
    There is nothing wrong with trying to exploit the natural human tendency to become impatient when forced to play a boring position.
    — Pal Benko
    tags: human  wrong 
     
    When you defend, try not to worry or become upset. Keep your cool and trust your position - it's all you've got.
    — Pal Benko
    tags: trust  worries 
     
    In the Soviets' view, chess was not merely an art or a science or even a sport; it was what it had been invented to simulate: war.
    — Pal Benko
    tags: war  chess 
     
    I remember being with a girlfriend who asked me to look over some chess openings with her. I instantly fell asleep. I found that I could always take a nap in any situation by just looking at some opening variation - my eyes would shut right away.
    — Pal Benko
    tags: right  eyes  chess 
     
    Typically, in the last round of open tournaments the level of play is markedly lower, the number of blunders higher.
    — Pal Benko
    I always urge players to study composed problems and endgames.
    — Pal Benko
    tags: problem 
     
    I had a slightly inferior endgame that probably should have been drawn, but Kortchnoi kept torturing me with little threats until finally, exhausted and exasperated, I made a losing mistake.
    — Pal Benko
    tags: mistakes 
     
    Patience is the most valuable trait of the endgame player.
    — Pal Benko
    tags: patience 
     
    The business of the endgame is maneuvring to control critical squares, advancing or blockading passed pawns, preparing a breakthrough by the king, or exploiting the subtle superiority of one piece over another.
    — Pal Benko
    tags: control  business 
     
    There is no doubt that Bronstein's shrewd understanding of chess psychology was crucial to his success. Without it, his impetuous style and technical flaws might have relegated him to a minor career.
    — Pal Benko
    Agreeing to draws in the middlegame, equal or otherwise, deprives you of the opportunity to practice playing endgames, and the endgame is probably where you need the most practice.
    — Pal Benko
    Errors have nothing to do with luck; they are caused by time pressure, discomfort or unfamiliarilty with a position, distractions, feelings of intimidation, nervous tension, overambition, excessive caution, and dozens of other psychological factors.
    — Pal Benko
    tags: time 
     
    Under no circumstances should you play fast if you have a winning position. Forget the clock, use all your time and make good moves.
    — Pal Benko
    tags: time  winning 
     
    According to such great attacking players as Bronstein and Tal, most combinations are inspired by the player's memories of earlier games.
    — Pal Benko
    tags: memory  games 
     
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