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Pal Benko in 1964
Full namePál Benkő
  • Hungary (until 1958)
  • United States (since 1958)

TitleGrandmaster (1958)
Peak rating2530 (July 1973)

Pal Benko (Hungarian: Benkő Pál; July 15, 1928 – August 26, 2019)[1] was a French-born Hungarian–American chess grandmaster.

Benko's highest achievement was qualifying and competing in the Candidates Tournament—the tournament to decide the challenger for the World Championship—in 1959 and 1962. He finished eighth in 1959 and sixth in 1962.


  1. McClain, Dylan Loeb (2019-08-26). "Pal Benko, Who Stepped Aside for Bobby Fischer, Dies at 91" (in en-US). The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331 . Retrieved 2019-08-27.