[121] After further preparatory moves such as Bf4 and Re1, White may be able to push forward in the centre with e2-e4-e5. Instead White may try to exploit Black's early ...Bg4 with 9.Qb3, but after 9...Bxf3 10.Qxb7 Black can either maintain material and positional equality with 10...Bxg2 or try for more with 10...Nbd7!?. The first trap is not well known. You will find that it gets quite interesting to compare your moves to the notes, and you look forward to seeing the annotations with anticipation. Although a number of opening books recommended the 7.Bf4 variation for White in the early 21st century,[136][137] Black appears to be able to maintain the balance in this line. The Modern Benoni is one of the sharpest openings against 1 d4. [12][19] The young Garry Kasparov also had the defence in his arsenal—his win against Viktor Korchnoi at the 1982 Lucerne Olympiad[21] 9.Nd2! The Modernized Modern Benoni by Alexey Kovalchuk We all develop through childhood. and went on to win: this move was judged the most important theoretical novelty in Volume 50 of Chess Informant. The point of the check is that both 8...Bd7 and 8...Nbd7 allow 9.e5 with advantage to White,[96][97][98] since the knight on f6 can no longer retreat to d7. [3] Instead White's most popular move is 4.Nc3, preparing to support the d-pawn with 5.e4. loses the knight to 9.Qa4+) 8.a4 Qe7, which stops White from playing e2-e4. It also gives Black the additional option of meeting 4.d5 with 4...b5, the Blumenfeld Gambit. The Benoni was just developing in the 70s and it was employed by several top players including Tal and Fischer. Note that Azeri grandmaster Vugar Gashimov is consistently playing the Modern Benoni at the highest level, with success – despite the fact that his opponents have the chance to prepare thoroughly, with computers. [79][80], Originally it was thought that the temporary pawn sacrifice 9...b5 was an easy equalizer: after 10.Nxb5 Nxe4?! [111][108][112] Kapengut himself gave it the name "Half-Sämisch Variation",[111][113] because the positions it leads to are often reached via transposition from the Sämisch Variation of the King's Indian Defence. After 7...Bg7 8.Qa4+! After losing such a game you might conclude that 13...Qc7 is the culprit, or even that the whole Benoni is incorrect. Openings Endgames Strategy Tactics. [58] White answered Black's 21...b5 with 22.b4!, and Black was unable to keep the queenside open with 22...bxa4? But in this move order Black can also prevent the transposition with 7...a6 (the immediate 7...Qe7? Because of. [26][27] Those who continued to play it often chose to do so via the move order 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5, when White's early development of the knight to f3 rules out the Taimanov Attack and gives Black opportunities to avoid the Modern Main Line. [131] Black can counter this plan with 7...Nbd7 intending 8.Nc4 Nb6, while 8.e4 Bg7 9.Be2 0-0 10.0-0 would lead to a major variation of the Classical Main Line after 10...Re8, with White having avoided Ljubojević's plan of ...Bg4. To support their advance, the king's bishop is usually fianchettoed on g7. Can you really assert that the Benoni is inferior to a Queen’s Gambit Declined, where Black can have trouble even managing to develop? [134][135], More commonly Black prefers to rule out White's queen check with 7...a6, which incidentally threatens to expand on the queenside. Following the recapture 5.cxd5, Black has an eccentric option in 5...Bd6, the Snake Benoni. If White accepts the gambit with 2. dxc5, Black gets an easy game with 2... e6 followed by 3... Bc5. Usually I alternated between trying to make the King’s Indian work and trying to find something more solid. I am convinced that the repertoire covered in this database provides … [145][146], The basic pawn structure of the Modern Benoni: White has a central pawn majority, Black a queenside pawn majority, Position after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6, Classical Main Line: 7.Nf3 Bg7 8.Be2 0-0 9.0-0, Modern Main Line: 7.Nf3 Bg7 8.h3 0-0 9.Bd3, Knaak Variation: 7.Bd3 Bg7 8.Nge2 0-0 9.0-0, Position after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nf3 g6, Fianchetto Variation: 7.g3 Bg7 8.Bg2 0-0 9.0-0, Alternative move orders and transpositions, 7.Nf3 Bg7 8.Be2 0-0 9.0-0: Classical Main Line, 7.Nf3 Bg7 8.h3 0-0 9.Bd3: Modern Main Line, 7.Nf3 a6: Black avoids the Modern Main Line, "Razuvaev–Psakhis, USSR ch, Vilnius 1980", "Uhlmann–Fischer, Palma de Mallorca IZ 1970", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Modern_Benoni&oldid=995564938, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. It offers Black a fighting game right from the opening and is ideal for counter-attacking players who like to strive for the initiative right from the opening moves, such … [104] Later players such as Gashimov showed that the queen check is not mandatory, and that Black also retains good chances in the line 9...0-0 10.Nf3 Na6 11.0-0 Nb4, taking advantage of the outpost on b4. Later Kibitzing>: Aug-11-08 : biglo: For an answer read the very first post on page 1: Feb-20-09 : Pyrrhus: Actually, Benoni means son of sorrow in Hebrew.It refers to the weak d6 pawn. 'Thumbs up!' [120] Noted proponents of the Fianchetto Variation have included strong positional players such as Viktor Korchnoi,[122] Gennadi Sosonko[123] and Predrag Nikolić,[122] and after a recommendation by the influential theorist Boris Avrukh in 2010, the line has become more topical. I almost didn't mind losing this one! Game 44 Vladimirov vs Tal, 1988 (A56) Benoni Defense, 32 moves, 0-1. After forcing play it became a battle between the black queen and white pieces. I really liked this varied, adventurous game. Famous examples include his game against Bukhuti Gurgenidze at the 1957 USSR championship, excerpted below, and his win against Yuri Averbakh at the same tournament the following year. says Bob Long after 4+ hours of enjoyment with this new video course. [46] Other classic examples[47][48] of this central breakthrough include Ojanen–Keres, Estonia–Finland match, Helsinki 1960[49] To support their advance, the king's bishop is usually fianchettoed on g7. If Black continues in the same manner as in the Classical Main Line, e.g. Black will usually fianchetto his bishop on the kingside to g7 to add extra support to the dark squares. [30] At the beginning of the new millennium, the theoretician John Watson published a well-regarded survey of the opening[31] that may have contributed to the opening's revival. When you get to the end of the game you can compare your thoughts to the annotations. by Richard Palliser | Apr 5, 2012. Modern Benoni. Against Silvino García Martínez he played 9...a6 10.a4 Bg4 11.Bf4 Bxf3 12.Bxf3 and now the innovation 12...Qe7! because 23.bxc5 Rxb1 24.Rxb1 dxc5 25.Bxc5 would have left White's central pawns unstoppable. A successful demonstration of this last idea occurred in the game Pintér–Brynell at the 1998 Elista Olympiad. Taking the pawn with 3.dxc5 is hardly ever seen, because Black easily recovers it after 3...e6 followed by ...Bxc5. Players who use this move order will often choose a different defence against 3.Nc3, such as the Nimzo-Indian with 3...Bb4. The Modern Benoni is just about the most aggressive method that Black can choose to counter White’s 1 d4. However, it is far from a blocked position – the games are characterized by rapid piece play, usually not long maneuvering struggles. Qe7 24.Bd4 Black's queenside play had ground to a halt; Pintér later won with a pawn advance on the kingside. The imbalance inherent in its pawn structure and the counter-chances this implied for Black appealed to aggressive players such as Rashid Nezhmetdinov and Alexander Tolush;[11] the Israeli master Moshe Czerniak also employed it frequently. [1], Still, 3.d5 has long been considered White's most challenging move, as it gains space in the centre. Against Gurgenidze at the 1957 championship in Moscow,[51] he unleashed the double sacrifice 14...Nxf2!! [141][142] To prevent this, Black can either break the pin immediately with 7...h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Bg3 Nh5, or after developing with 7...Bg7 8.e4 h6 9.Bh4. [5], Black can also try to reach the Modern Benoni through a Benoni Defence move order, i.e. Notably, it was Vladimir Kramnik's choice when he needed a win with Black in the penultimate game of the 2004 World Championship, though that particular game resulted in a draw. The term “Benoni” encompasses many openings which all contain a pawn structure with a white pawn on d5 and a black pawn on c5. In his latest database for Modern Chess, one of the best Benoni experts in the world, GM Mihail Marin provides you with a complete Benoni repertoire. Black's intention is to play ...exd5 and create a queenside pawn majority, whose advance will be supported by fianchettoed bishop on g7. "[102], Not until the 21st century did players and analysts begin to revive Black's chances in this line. Games are in chronological order. Apart from 7.Nf3, White also has several important alternatives, including: Before the advent of the Taimanov Attack and the Modern Main Line, the sequence 7.Nf3 Bg7 8.Be2 0-0 9.0-0 was the most frequently contested line in the Modern Benoni. [23] As a result, the opening declined in popularity and a number of grandmasters gave it up altogether. Try to pretend you are playing a real game, think for the Black side, and write down the move you would play. On the plus side for Black, the long a1-h8 diagonal will be an excellent diagonal for the dark-squared bishop, and the White e-pawn on an open file is also not immune from pressure. On the plus side Black gets active piece play with rich counterattacking possibilities, perhaps more so than in … The latter move order has been especially popular since the 1980s, as it allows Black to reach the Modern Benoni while sidestepping the Taimanov Attack. After 7.Nf3, the immediate 7...Bg4? With 1... c5, Black takes a sideways swipe at the central d-pawn. [36] He was the strongest player willing to use the original 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 move order and defend Black's cause in both the Taimanov Attack[32] and the Modern Main Line. Bb7 21.Rad1 Ba8 22.Nce4 White installed a powerful knight on e4, while Black's pieces were hemmed in by the pawn on e5. As far as I can tell, I first played the Benoni in a 1999 game against GM Walter Browne. At only 144 pages the book is not comprehensive by any means. First, Watson showed that the disruptive check 9...Qh4+ was playable,[103] the point being that after 10.g3 White is no longer able to bring the bishop on c1 to the squares g3 or h4, where it can assist in White's kingside attack. These two features differentiate Black's setup from the other Benoni defences and the King's Indian Defence, although transpositions between these openings are common. [138], The variation with 7.Bg5 is named after Wolfgang Uhlmann, who played it a few times in the 1960s. This pawn structure necessarily gives White a space advantage from the first few moves. Blitz games can be very useful for developing the feel for an opening. After the initial moves, Black proceeds to capture on d5, creating a majority of black pawns on the queenside. [77][70][64], By the late 1980s Ljubojević's plan of exchanging the light-squared bishop had been proven so reliable it was deterring White from entering the Classical Main Line altogether. [7][8], The Modern Benoni was invented by Frank Marshall at the New York 1927 chess tournament. A56 - Benoni defence: 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 . Here theory divides into three major branches:[64][65]. May 24, 2015. White most commonly responds with Gligorić's 11.f3 Nc7 12.a4,[73] which clamps down on b5 and overprotects e4 so that White can follow up with Nc4. KillaBeez Feb 10, 2009 #1 I have recently become enamored with the Benoni Defense and need resources on the Benoni. But a mysterious beginning surely must be apt for such a mysterious opening. [76], Black is not obliged to allow this transposition though: 7...Bg7 is also playable. The Modern Benoni is just about the most aggressive method that Black can choose to counter White’s 1 d4. [24][25] By the end of the decade, the Modern Main Line had also emerged as a dangerous weapon for White, which only compounded Black's troubles. I did that with the following beautiful and tough struggle between Psakhis and GM Spiridon Skembris, from the Olympiad, held in 1990 in Novi Sad (the city where I live!). The Modern Benoni is a chess opening that begins with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6. [82] Only later was it discovered that the immediate 10...Re8 is a better way of recovering the pawn, with a complicated game in the offing. Jonathan Schrantz presents the first of three Modern Benoni lectures. 1.d4 c5 2.d5 Nf6, when 3.c4 e6 would complete the transposition. [62] After the game's 22...c4 23.a5! [90][91] To cut across Black's idea of ...Bg4, White has even resorted to 8.h3 allowing 8...b5, but after 9.Bd3 Bg7 10.0-0 0-0 Black obtains an acceptable position. [81] But in Alburt–de Firmian, USA ch 1990, White uncorked 12.Ng5! Other common alternatives are: The Fianchetto Variation has never been considered particularly dangerous for Black to meet, since White's setup does not put Black's position under immediate pressure. Naturally, it is best if you take some time to actually analyze your games. Bd4+ 17.Kg2 Qxh3+ 18.Kf3 Bg4+ 19.Kf4 g5+ 20.Kxg5 Be3+ 21.Kf6 Qh6 mate) Bd4 17.Nd1 Qxh3! The combination of these two features differentiates Black's setup from the other Benoni defenses and the King's Indian Defense, although transpositions between these openings are common. In this opening, the bishop on g7 is the same icon that is the basis of the King’s Indian, but here it can operate on the whole a1-h8 diagonal instead of being locked in by its own pawn on e5, as usually happens in the King’s Indian. The strength of White's knight on c4 often induces Black to exchange it off: typical ways of doing so are ...Nb6, ...Ne5, or ...b7-b6 followed by ...Ba6. Naturally this can be done with any opening, and should improve your chess in general, not just your understanding of that one opening. But here we see that with imaginative play such as Psakhis displayed with 18...Qe7 and 20...Bd4, suddenly things don't look so depressing or cut-and-dry. Norwood used the Benoni to score some excellent results in his chess youth (see his classic game versus Saeed in the Fianchetto Variation). In the 1950s the system was revitalized by players in the Soviet Union, chief among them Mikhail Tal. [23], But in the early 1980s, White scored several crushing victories at high-profile tournaments using the aggressive Taimanov Attack, which caused players to question the fundamental soundness of Black's opening. After the initial moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6, the moves 4.Nf3 and 4.g3 reach positions discussed previously, while 4.dxe6 fxe6 is also ineffective, since Black gains a half-open f-file and the chance to take over the centre with ...d7-d5. by John Watson | Mar 20, 2001. Game 1 ... (A56) Benoni Defense, 40 moves, 0-1. [71][72], Alternatively, Black can try the older move 10...Na6, intending to bring the knight to c7 to prepare the ...b7-b5 break. 4.7 out of 5 stars 4. [99] But in two crushing and high-profile victories with White (against Frans Andre Cuijpers at the 1980 World Junior Chess Championship in Dortmund, and against Nunn at the 1982 Olympiad in Lucerne) Kasparov showed that 9.a4 was more dangerous for Black, it having the advantage of not determining the bishop's retreat square for the time being. [43], The central pawn majority is White's main positional trump in the Modern Benoni. But the player primarily responsible for elevating the Modern Benoni to the status of a major opening was Mikhail Tal, who took up the opening in 1953 after seeing one of Nezhmetdinov's games. [78][76] The desire to prevent ...Bg4 led to the development of the Modern Main Line, 7.Nf3 Bg7 8.h3 0-0 9.Bd3. [94], By far the most popular continuation for White is 8.Bb5+, the Taimanov Attack. The Modern Benoni, Norwood (Cadogan 1994) A more lightweight, but nevertheless enjoyable book from the young English Grandmaster. The sharp variation 9...Re8 10.0-0 c4 received significant attention in the mid-1990s,[86] but after 11.Bxc4 Nxe4 12.Nxe4 Rxe4 13.Bg5 Black has yet to demonstrate clear equality. From childhood, most of us also have a love for chess. It offers Black a fighting game right from the opening, and is ideal for counterattacking players who like to strive for the initiative right from the opening moves … [3], It is possible, indeed common, for Black's second and third moves to be reversed: thus 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 and 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 will both transpose into the Modern Benoni if White allows it with 4.d5. Here it is possible for White to avoid 3.d5: respectable alternatives include 3.Nf3, typically transposing to a line of the English Opening, as well as 3.e3. For instance, the position in the diagram can be reached from the King's Indian via 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 c5 5.d5 d6 6.Nc3 0-0 7.Nf3 e6 8.0-0 exd5 9.cxd5,[8] or from the Catalan via 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Bg2 Bg7 8.Nf3 0-0 9.0-0. Only after 8.a4 does Black play 8...Bg4, when a transposition to the Classical Main Line is likely: 9.Be2 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 Bg7 11.0-0 0-0 12.Bf4 Qe7 is Ljubojević's line, for example. Anot… [40][25], The game Donner–Tal, Zurich 1959,[38] was a classic demonstration of the power of Black's queenside pawn advance, backed up by the bishop on g7. The Modern Benoni is classified under the ECO codes A60–A79. In the Modern Benoni Defense, the main focus of the game is white’s center control of the light squares with its key pawn on d5 and black’s control of the center from the dark squares. The Benoni defense is a closed chess opening and belongs to the family of indian openings and is sometimes called Benoni-Indian Defense. The Benoni is a sharp 1. d4 opening. [8] It became a favoured weapon for players needing to win against 1.d4: for example, Psakhis used it to defeat Yuri Razuvaev in the penultimate round of the 1980 USSR Championship,[22] Apparently I never played it when I was growing up. According to the manuscript, the author suffered from depression and studied the opening beginning with the moves 1.d4 c5 2.d5 (the original Benoni) as a refuge from his sadness. [35] Nevertheless, Étienne Bacrot, Boris Gelfand and Vassily Ivanchuk have all since used the Modern Benoni at the highest levels of competition, while Vugar Gashimov became the opening's most notable proponent. In the main line variations Black allows White to have a preponderance of central pawns which, traditionally, grants the first player the advantage. A collection of notable Benoni games by the greatest attacking player. Nimzowitsch received the third special prize of the tournament for this game and labelled Marshall's opening an "unfortunate" "extravagance" in his annotations;[9] as a result, it lay virtually abandoned for decades. with the point that 18.gxh3 Bxh3 is mate. White can ignore this with 8.e4 b5 9.Qe2, aiming to quickly overrun Black in the centre with the e4-e5 advance. Thus players who are seeking the typical imbalance in pawn structure associated with the Modern Benoni tend to prefer the immediate 3...e6 followed by 4...exd5. It can be solidly defended by playing f2-f3, but this leaves the e5 square as an excellent pivot point for the black pieces. Here are modern Benoni defense traps. The Benoni Defense was first mentioned – and got its name – from an 1825 manuscript by Aaron Reinganum, Ben-oni, or the Pawn-Sacrifice Defense in Chess. Nevertheless, it somehow ended up that I played the Benoni the most. There have been many proclamations by good players that the Benoni is somehow an inferior opening. Thus Black generally plays 4...exd5 immediately. [86][87] In 2001 John Watson published a detailed analysis of 9...Nh5, which stops White from playing Bc1-f4 and allows Black to follow up with ...Nd7-e5. King's Indian Defense; Mesgen Amanov; Modern Benoni; pawn endings; Plus-Score; Rated Beginners' Open; the baddest part of town; Tournaments; Zugzwang; May 24, 2015. After 8.e4 0-0 9.Be2, Black has alternatives to 9...Re8, such as the 9...Na6 10.0-0 Ne8 Kramnik played against Leko at the 2004 World Championship,[132] where Black intends to attack White's centre with ...f5. The Benoni is one of the sharpest openings there is, but its sharpness comes more from the unbalanced nature of the position, rather than some kind of forcing lines that arise from it. A rook on e8 puts pressure on White's e-pawn and restrains it from advancing. However, the Benoni has a very stable pawn structure, and this pawn structure dictates a number of standard plans, which a player should learn. Available instantly. The Modern Benoni Defense (not to be confused with the Old Benoni) is one of the most dynamic defenses available for Black as a response to 1.d4. Frank Marshall invented the Modern Benoni in 1927, but his experiments with the opening went largely ignored for over 20 years. If White answers with 2. d5 the main lines of the Old Benoni Defence are reached. from the Chess Informant, or some other source – which was won by one or anther “Benoni Hero”. runs into 8.Qa4+!, when 8...Bd7 9.Qb3 or 8...Nbd7? [59] The knight on c4 also attacks Black's backward pawn on d6, and White can often increase the pressure on this pawn by playing Bf4 or Nb5. [76][133], The move 7.Bf4 is similar in spirit to 7.Nd2, in that White hopes to inconvenience Black by a quick attack on d6. The Modern Benoni is a chess opening that begins with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6. There was a spark in our eyes to fight again Our expectations, dreams, fears, positive and negative character traits, love and attachment to things that have become importantfor us. when White has a dangerous attack,[144] and in the late 1970s this line was even thought to have refuted the Modern Benoni. [56][57], When Black prepares the ...b7-b5 pawn break with ...a6, White usually tries to hinder it by playing a2-a4, even though this advance weakens the b4-square. This opening is known for creating dynamic, imbalanced positions where each side will have a chance to play for a win! Paperback Chess Developments: The Modern Benoni. After Black's 20...Qb4! Its subsequent adoption by players of a similarly aggressive and uncompromising style such as Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov established the opening's reputation as one of Black's most dynamic responses to 1.d4. Over time, myattention focusedon the Modern Benoni. This database features a powerful weapon against the Modern Benoni - the Taimanov Attack. [139][140] Botvinnik also employed it in his 1960 world championship match against Tal. 7.h3, which is yet another way for White to reach the Modern Main Line after 7...Bg7 8.Nf3 0-0 9.Bd3; and 7.Nge2, which was recommended for White in 2012 by. For years I have struggled with a question –what to play against 1.d4? Over time, my attention focused on the Modern Benoni. Penrose soon crashed through on the f-file and scored a stunning upset over the reigning world champion. https://www.chess.com/article/view/attack-and-defense-in-the-modern-benoni [37], The Modern Benoni is one of Black's sharpest and most active defences against 1.d4. [18] Even so, Fischer was responsible for one of the most famous games ever played with the opening:[10][18] down 2–0 in the 1972 World Championship match, he answered Spassky's 1.d4 with the Modern Benoni in Game 3 and scored a momentum-changing victory. However, in return, Black gains the opportunity for tremendously dynamic counterplay. The pawn structure is very rigid and often persists in the same form into the endgame. White can deny Black this target for the time being by playing 6.Nf3 first. threatening 10.f3 both give White the advantage. The dynamic Modern Benoni Defense has undergone something of a revival over the past five or six years. It is classified under the ECO codes A60–A79. In general, the Modern Benoni pawn structure can be characterized as half-closed. In any case, a slightly inferior position of a kind that you know like the back of your hand is better than a slightly better – but foreign – position. [111][112] Notable past practitioners of this line have included Viktor Korchnoi and Murray Chandler.[114]. He also became the first player to use the Modern Benoni in a world championship match, playing it twice against Mikhail Botvinnik in 1960. Black can initiate further kingside activity by playing ...Nd7-e5 followed by ...g7-g5. [45], A famous example of the e4-e5 break leading to a kingside attack occurred in the game Penrose–Tal from the 1960 Leipzig Olympiad. [99], White's success with this idea led some to question the soundness of the Modern Benoni, at least in its original move order. [76] The exchange of Black's bishop for White's knight eases Black's slightly cramped position and weakens the force of White's e4-e5 break. However, Karel Hromádka's experiments with the Benoni Defence in the 1930s occasionally featured the moves ...e7-e6 and ...exd5, resulting in a transposition to the Modern Benoni.[10]. Black's position remains solid but offers fewer active possibilities than after 10...Nbd7. My aim in this book is to show that the Delayed Benoni is equally as attractive as its cousin, the Modern Benoni. This plan became popular in the 1970s after Fischer used it,[64] and although it is riskier than the alternatives, it remains Black's best option to complicate the game. If White responds with 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5, Black can play 5...d6, which often transposes into the Fianchetto Variation; but a common alternative is 5...b5, which leads to independent positions. In this Czech Benoni the second player is not looking for a “ sound position ” close to equality, but aiming to fight for the initiative and avoid the well-known paths of modern theory in all other defenses. catching Alexander Beliavsky in the lead and ultimately sharing first place with him. Chess is a rich game, and even at the top level playing a position that suits one’s style is more important than abstract theoretical correctness. Bill Brock. White was unable to defend against Black's threats of 22...Rxe4 23.Qxe4 Re8 24.Qc2 Nxd5 and 22...Bxc4+ 23.Nxc4 Rf8+ 24. Modern Benoni. After 10.Nd2, Black's most dynamic plan is to prepare kingside play with 10...Nbd7 followed by ...Ne5 and ...g6-g5. Alternatively, if White immediately completes the knight manoeuvre and attacks the pawn on d6 with 8.Nc4 0-0 9.Bf4, Black can either defend it with 9...Ne8 or sacrifice it with 9...Na6 or 9...b6. The top practitioners of the Benoni include Mikhail Tal, Bobby Fischer, Vugar Gashimov, Veselin Topalov, Dragoljub Velimirovic, and Lev Psakhis. [17] In the 1960s Larry Evans began employing the system frequently, and from 1966 onwards, Bobby Fischer also included it in his repertoire, albeit as a secondary weapon. This defense is suitable for those looking to get their opponents into a closed, strategical position with chances for all three results. Kindle $9.99 $ 9. As mentioned above, were Black to delay the capture on d5, White would then gain the option of recapturing with the e-pawn. To avoid this, White may play 3. [41] However, the actual game did not last long after Donner's 21.Qf1: Tal set his pawns in motion with 21...c4 22.Re2 b5 23.axb5 axb5 24.Kh1, created a passed c-pawn with 24...Bxc3! [63], The most critical lines in the Modern Benoni occur after 6.e4 g6. White's plan is to play for a kingside attack beginning with the moves Ng3, f2-f4, and then either e4-e5 or f4-f5. Lev Polugaevsky,[11] Boris Spassky[11] and Alexey Suetin[12] were among the younger generation of Soviet players who used it regularly in the 1950s and 1960s. [10][34] Thus the opening has acquired a reputation for being risky:[39] as Psakhis once wrote, the Modern Benoni "is definitely not an opening for cowards. [93] After 7...Bg7 White can transpose to the main line of the Four Pawns Attack in the King's Indian Defence with 8.Nf3 0-0 9.Be2. At this point White can still transpose to the Classical or Modern Main Lines after 7.e4. Tactics involving ...Nxe4 are not uncommon—the games Averbakh–Tal, USSR championship, Riga 1958,[15][14] and Uhlmann–Fischer, Interzonal, Palma de Mallorca 1970,[52][53] are well-known examples. 11.Bxe4 Re8 Black seemingly regains the sacrificed piece without trouble. But most players prefer 5...d6, which stops White's d-pawn from advancing to d6. The most common is the Modern Benoni, which involves the trade of the white c-pawn for the black e-pawn, reaching the following pawn structure: The main elements of the pawn structure are the rival pawn majorities – White’s in the center, and Black’s on the queenside, and the backward d6 pawn. Black the additional option of recapturing with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 White plays d5 to space... The early fianchetto of Black 's control over the reigning world champion opening went largely ignored for over 20.! Not fully appreciated until the early 1980s of 22... c4 23.a5 word... White to develop an initiative on that side of the older versions of the game Penrose–Tal, Leipzig ol.. Somehow an inferior opening method that Black can initiate further kingside activity by playing f2-f3, his...... g7-g5 excellent pivot point for the success of a 1.d4 player Courses... Traps but the ideas which you need to apply in your Modern Benoni, Nf6. 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