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Pal Benko Chessbase Article by Mihajlova,D(Part 2 of 2)

Life Gambit à la Benko-Part Two -By Diana Mihajlova

The story continues on Chessbase

Benko and Polgar exchanging books
Photo-The Chessbase article

‘…Another example of his humanity is his generous coaching and training help to the young Polgar sisters. In the early stages of their career, when their parents’ finances were scarce, Benko took the girls under his wing and offered them training – for free. 

“I trained the Polgar sisters for two Olympiads and travelled with them as their coach – in Moscow and Novi Sad.” 

He keeps cordial connections with the Polgar family until today…(more)’-See the whole article on Chessbase

Pal Benko Chessbase Article by Mihajlova,D(Part 1 of 2)

The Life Gambit à la BenkoBy Diana Mihajlova

GM Pal Benko(r) and Diana Mihajlova(l)

‘At 85, his playful and nonchalant manner is captivating, as it was throughout his life. A life riddled with challenges of horrific kind since his earliest years. But, his stamina, intelligence and inner resources always kept him a step ahead.(More)

GM Pal Benko

Chess Art by Diana Mihajlova

Here’s some nice artwork by artist and chessplayer Diana Mihajlova.

Diana Mihajlova
About the Artist
In 1989 after finishing a three-year lecturing contract in Perth, Australia, Diana decided to abandon her academic career and to dedicate herself to a full-time painting while still free-lancing in the languages field. She first started exhibiting while still in Australia where after winning some important national art prizes her work received a quick recognition and was included in important exhibitions and collections. After her return to Europe she continued her painting career by exhibiting in galleries in Paris, where she lived the following two years. Since 1993 she settled in London…(more)’- chessbase 
Diana has since settled in Budapest and plays regularly in First Saturday RR tournaments.