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Benoni / Benko Gambit

By playing the Benoni against 1. d4, black opts for imbalance on the board that often leads to interesting play for both colours. Characteristics of the Benoni Defense for black are a quick c5, a strong bishop on g7 and a pawn storm on the queenside. Usually the Benoni starts with the moves 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5. Most popular of all Benonis is the Modern Benoni, when black plays 3... e6. Other Benonis are the Old Benoni (1. d4 c5), the Czech Benoni (1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e5) and the Snake Benoni (1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 Bd6). Practitioners are non other than former world champions Mikhail Tal and Bobby Fischer. The Benko Gambit, sometimes referred to as the Volga Gambit, is also part of the Benoni-family. By playing 3... b5 black offers white a pawn early in the game. Compensation comes in the form of quick development, a strong bishop on g7, an open a and b file and a steady pawn structure well suited for most endgames. Normally white tries to arrange a king side attack. The gambit is called after Pal Benko, other well known practitioners are Garry Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand and Mikhail Tal. If you're not afraid to play for three results, the Benoni or the Benko is a sharp option for you.



Grandmaster Repertoire 12: The Modern Benoni - Marian Petrov
2013 Quality Chess Grandmaster Repertoire 12: The Modern Benoni-Marian Petrov

The Modern Benoni is by far the most popular of the Benoni-family. After the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 the Modern Benoni occurs. This is one of the most imbalanced of queen pawn openings. Black has a pawn majority on the queen side and a strong bishop on g7. He has ideas of pushing his pawns (sometimes also on the kingside) and aims for dynamic piece play. Black clearly is up for a fight, and white can’t run away. White has to do something in return to blacks evil intentions.
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The Czech Benoni In Action - Asa Hoffmann, Greg Keener
2014 Mongoose Press The Czech Benoni In Action-Asa Hoffmann Greg Keener

The Czech Benoni is very little seen on top level. Occasionally Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian, and Magnus Carlsen had a little flirt with this Benoni, but never in serious tournaments. Also the computer is of the opinion that after the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e5!? white is obviously better because of the space advantage. However, due to the closed centre black doesn’t have to fear anything for a while, preparing pawn breaks and dynamic chances later in the game.
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The Dynamic Benko Gambit: An Attacking Repertoire For Black - Sergey Kasparov
2012 New In Chess,Csi The Dynamic Benko Gambit: An Attacking Repertoire For Black-Sergey Kasparov

The Benko Gambit– sometimes referred to as the Wolga Gambit– is what happens after the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5. If white takes on b5, black usually plays a6, sacrificing a pawn for long term compensation in de form of queen side pressure and a firm pawn structure. If this sounds appealing the Benko could well be in your line of style. Although not a frequently seen guest in Grandmaster territory, the Benko has it’s absolute practical merits for all levels.
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Benko Gambit: Move By Move - Junior Tay
2014 Everyman Chess Benko Gambit: Move By Move-Junior Tay

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Opening Tactics: The Czech Benoni - Michael Duke
2018 Opening Tactics: The Czech Benoni-Michael Duke

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Starting Out: Modern Benoni (starting Out - Everyman Chess) - Endre Dr. Vegh
2005 Everyman Chess Starting Out: Modern Benoni (starting Out - Everyman Chess)-Endre Dr. Vegh

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Chess Developments: The Modern Benoni - Richard Palliser
2012 Everyman Chess Chess Developments: The Modern Benoni-Richard Palliser

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Chess Explained: The Modern Benoni - Zenon Franco
2007 Gambit Publications Chess Explained: The Modern Benoni-Zenon Franco

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Starting Out: Benoni Systems (starting Out - Everyman Chess) - Alex Raetsky, Maxim Chetverik
2005 Everyman Chess Starting Out: Benoni Systems (starting Out - Everyman Chess)-Alex Raetsky Maxim Chetverik

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How To Play Against 1 D4 - Richard Palliser
2010 Everyman Chess How To Play Against 1 D4-Richard Palliser

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Benko Gambit - Jan Pinski
2005 Quality Chess Benko Gambit-Jan Pinski

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Opening Tactics : The Modern Benoni - Michael Duke
2018 Opening Tactics : The Modern Benoni-Michael Duke

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Modern Benoni (everyman Chess) - Andrew Dr Kinsman
2001 Everyman Chess Modern Benoni (everyman Chess)-Andrew Dr Kinsman

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Chess Openings By Example: Modern Benoni - J. Schmidt
2017 Independently Chess Openings By Example: Modern Benoni-J. Schmidt

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