: 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. 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. The dynamic Modern Benoni Defence has undergone something of a revival over the past five or six years. These ideas will give you the chance to win more chess games in a short time. It is also the prelude to a variation championed by Rainer Knaak,[107][108] 7...Bg7 8.Nge2 0-0 9.0-0. Penrose soon crashed through on the f-file and scored a stunning upset over the reigning world champion. The term “Benoni” encompasses many openings which all contain a pawn structure with a white pawn on d5 and a black pawn on c5. [143] At this point 9...g5 10.Bg3 Nh5 runs into the pawn sacrifice 11.Bb5+ Kf8 12.e5! How do you learn to “feel” the type of position that comes from the opening? You will begin to see what kind of things your opponents can throw at you. After 10.Nd2, Black's most dynamic plan is to prepare kingside play with 10...Nbd7 followed by ...Ne5 and ...g6-g5. It is classified under the ECO codes A60–A79. Black's position remains solid but offers fewer active possibilities than after 10...Nbd7. It is hard to believe that I had never played the Benoni in a tournament game at that point. says Bob Long after 4+ hours of enjoyment with this new video course. [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. I almost didn't mind losing this one! Only in the 1950s was interest in the system revived, when the King's Indian Defence gained in popularity among Soviet players and their investigations branched into related opening systems such as the Modern Benoni. Only in the 21st century has the opening's reputation and theoretical standing made a recovery. [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. [1] While it is possible for Black to avoid ...e7-e6 for the time being and play other moves such as 3...d6 or 3...g6, delaying this move until after White plays e2-e4 gives White the extra option of recapturing on d5 with the e-pawn. After 7.Nf3, the immediate 7...Bg4? The standard move order for Black to enter the Modern Benoni is 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5. Blitz games can be very useful for developing the feel for an opening. 4.7 out of 5 stars 4. The dynamic Modern Benoni Defense has undergone something of a revival over the past five or six years. The Modern Benoni is just about the most aggressive method that Black can choose to counter White’s 1 d4. https://www.chess.com/article/view/attack-and-defense-in-the-modern-benoni 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!). [3] Black's control over the central dark squares d4 and e5 will then be augmented by fianchettoing the bishop on g7. Kindle $9.99 $ 9. Black threatens to exchange the c pawn against a central pawn. Shows the richness of chess, I think. Taking the pawn with 3.dxc5 is hardly ever seen, because Black easily recovers it after 3...e6 followed by ...Bxc5. Here are modern Benoni defense traps. Of course, at that time I had just left Alaska and had basically no tournament experience, so I was completely outclassed. [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. [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. Paperback Chess Developments: The Modern Benoni. Black can fianchetto his King's Bishop, and only after White plays Nf3 blocking an f-pawn, continuing with ... e6 and ... exd5. Against Silvino García Martínez he played 9...a6 10.a4 Bg4 11.Bf4 Bxf3 12.Bxf3 and now the innovation 12...Qe7! It is trite – but true – to say that you should not focus so much on memorizing individual moves, but rather learning ideas and learning to solve the problems that develop from the opening. The Modern Benoni is classified under the ECO codes A60–A79. [70][64] Two of them begin with 9...Re8, attacking the e-pawn. The Benoni defense is a closed chess opening and belongs to the family of indian openings and is sometimes called Benoni-Indian Defense. [138], The variation with 7.Bg5 is named after Wolfgang Uhlmann, who played it a few times in the 1960s. 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 … Usually I alternated between trying to make the King’s Indian work and trying to find something more solid. I rarely considered the Benoni to be my main defense to 1.d4. Qe7 24.Bd4 Black's queenside play had ground to a halt; Pintér later won with a pawn advance on the kingside. Tal - The Modern Benoni Compiled by MadBishop. [81] But in Alburt–de Firmian, USA ch 1990, White uncorked 12.Ng5! A rarer option is 8.e5, the Mikenas Attack, against which Black can equalize with either 8...Nfd7 or the rarer 8...dxe5 9.fxe5 Nfd7. Opening book: Next time you face the Modern Benoni, remember this: it's not played at the elite level anymore. 43 games with the point that 18.gxh3 Bxh3 is mate. The Modern Benoni suffered a serious theoretical crisis in the 1980s and 1990s, when players as Black encountered great difficulties in meeting the Taimanov Attack and the Modern Main Line. [94], By far the most popular continuation for White is 8.Bb5+, the Taimanov Attack. [33], White's success with the Modern Main Line has spurred Black to search for ways to get in ...Bg4 before White stops it with h2-h3. Apparently I never played it when I was growing up. However, White often prefers not to play 3.c4, since it takes away a useful square from a white knight. [58] White answered Black's 21...b5 with 22.b4!, and Black was unable to keep the queenside open with 22...bxa4? [44] With 19.e5! runs into 8.Qa4+!, when 8...Bd7 9.Qb3 or 8...Nbd7? [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. [28][29], Mired in this theoretical crisis, the Modern Benoni remained unpopular in the 1990s. [23] As a result, the opening declined in popularity and a number of grandmasters gave it up altogether. [126][127] White may also try to develop more quickly with 11.Bf4 in order to strengthen the threat of e2-e4-e5. 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. Veselin Topalov was the only top-level player to play it regularly, and he too generally preferred the 2...e6 3.Nf3 c5 move order. 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. threatening 10.f3 both give White the advantage. [65][84][85], Thus Black has sought other methods of combating the Modern Main Line. [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. As far as I can tell, I first played the Benoni in a 1999 game against GM Walter Browne. Modern Benoni devotees are forced to play on the edge, and will often have to live with positional weaknesses and/or sacrifice material to avoid being driven into passivity. [89] So Black first plays 7...a6 threatening 8...b5. 99 $27.95 $27.95. [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. In fact, there are very few long forcing lines in the Benoni. [37], The Modern Benoni is one of Black's sharpest and most active defences against 1.d4. He played it twice, gaining a draw against José Raúl Capablanca in the Fianchetto Variation, but losing soundly to Aron Nimzowitsch, who played the Knight's Tour. 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. There have been many proclamations by good players that the Benoni is somehow an inferior opening. From the outset, Black creates a new pawn structure and deploying his … ... Modern Chess Openings, … [43], The central pawn majority is White's main positional trump in the Modern Benoni. The Modern Benoni is just about the most aggressive method that Black can choose to counter White’s 1 d4. dxe5 20.f5! As mentioned above, were Black to delay the capture on d5, White would then gain the option of recapturing with the e-pawn. when White could neither save his e-pawn nor stop Black's c-pawn from queening. Black will usually fianchetto his bishop on the kingside to g7 to add extra support to the dark squares. White met Black's blows, and the position settled down to a fight between the black knights and white bishops for some time. However, the Benoni has a very stable pawn structure, and this pawn structure dictates a number of standard plans, which a player should learn. [74][75], At the 1973 Madrid international tournament Ljubojević demonstrated what is now considered to be Black's most reliable path to equality. [139][140] Botvinnik also employed it in his 1960 world championship match against Tal. 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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. The dynamic Modern Benoni Defence has undergone something of a revival over the past five or six years. These ideas will give you the chance to win more chess games in a short time. It is also the prelude to a variation championed by Rainer Knaak,[107][108] 7...Bg7 8.Nge2 0-0 9.0-0. Penrose soon crashed through on the f-file and scored a stunning upset over the reigning world champion. The term “Benoni” encompasses many openings which all contain a pawn structure with a white pawn on d5 and a black pawn on c5. [143] At this point 9...g5 10.Bg3 Nh5 runs into the pawn sacrifice 11.Bb5+ Kf8 12.e5! How do you learn to “feel” the type of position that comes from the opening? You will begin to see what kind of things your opponents can throw at you. After 10.Nd2, Black's most dynamic plan is to prepare kingside play with 10...Nbd7 followed by ...Ne5 and ...g6-g5. It is classified under the ECO codes A60–A79. Black's position remains solid but offers fewer active possibilities than after 10...Nbd7. It is hard to believe that I had never played the Benoni in a tournament game at that point. says Bob Long after 4+ hours of enjoyment with this new video course. [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. I almost didn't mind losing this one! Only in the 1950s was interest in the system revived, when the King's Indian Defence gained in popularity among Soviet players and their investigations branched into related opening systems such as the Modern Benoni. Only in the 21st century has the opening's reputation and theoretical standing made a recovery. [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. [1] While it is possible for Black to avoid ...e7-e6 for the time being and play other moves such as 3...d6 or 3...g6, delaying this move until after White plays e2-e4 gives White the extra option of recapturing on d5 with the e-pawn. After 7.Nf3, the immediate 7...Bg4? The standard move order for Black to enter the Modern Benoni is 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5. Blitz games can be very useful for developing the feel for an opening. 4.7 out of 5 stars 4. The dynamic Modern Benoni Defense has undergone something of a revival over the past five or six years. The Modern Benoni is just about the most aggressive method that Black can choose to counter White’s 1 d4. https://www.chess.com/article/view/attack-and-defense-in-the-modern-benoni 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!). [3] Black's control over the central dark squares d4 and e5 will then be augmented by fianchettoing the bishop on g7. Kindle $9.99 $ 9. Black threatens to exchange the c pawn against a central pawn. Shows the richness of chess, I think. Taking the pawn with 3.dxc5 is hardly ever seen, because Black easily recovers it after 3...e6 followed by ...Bxc5. Here are modern Benoni defense traps. Of course, at that time I had just left Alaska and had basically no tournament experience, so I was completely outclassed. [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. [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. Paperback Chess Developments: The Modern Benoni. Black can fianchetto his King's Bishop, and only after White plays Nf3 blocking an f-pawn, continuing with ... e6 and ... exd5. Against Silvino García Martínez he played 9...a6 10.a4 Bg4 11.Bf4 Bxf3 12.Bxf3 and now the innovation 12...Qe7! It is trite – but true – to say that you should not focus so much on memorizing individual moves, but rather learning ideas and learning to solve the problems that develop from the opening. The Modern Benoni is classified under the ECO codes A60–A79. [70][64] Two of them begin with 9...Re8, attacking the e-pawn. The Benoni defense is a closed chess opening and belongs to the family of indian openings and is sometimes called Benoni-Indian Defense. [138], The variation with 7.Bg5 is named after Wolfgang Uhlmann, who played it a few times in the 1960s. 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 … Usually I alternated between trying to make the King’s Indian work and trying to find something more solid. I rarely considered the Benoni to be my main defense to 1.d4. Qe7 24.Bd4 Black's queenside play had ground to a halt; Pintér later won with a pawn advance on the kingside. Tal - The Modern Benoni Compiled by MadBishop. [81] But in Alburt–de Firmian, USA ch 1990, White uncorked 12.Ng5! A rarer option is 8.e5, the Mikenas Attack, against which Black can equalize with either 8...Nfd7 or the rarer 8...dxe5 9.fxe5 Nfd7. Opening book: Next time you face the Modern Benoni, remember this: it's not played at the elite level anymore. 43 games with the point that 18.gxh3 Bxh3 is mate. The Modern Benoni suffered a serious theoretical crisis in the 1980s and 1990s, when players as Black encountered great difficulties in meeting the Taimanov Attack and the Modern Main Line. [94], By far the most popular continuation for White is 8.Bb5+, the Taimanov Attack. [33], White's success with the Modern Main Line has spurred Black to search for ways to get in ...Bg4 before White stops it with h2-h3. Apparently I never played it when I was growing up. However, White often prefers not to play 3.c4, since it takes away a useful square from a white knight. [58] White answered Black's 21...b5 with 22.b4!, and Black was unable to keep the queenside open with 22...bxa4? [44] With 19.e5! runs into 8.Qa4+!, when 8...Bd7 9.Qb3 or 8...Nbd7? [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. [28][29], Mired in this theoretical crisis, the Modern Benoni remained unpopular in the 1990s. [23] As a result, the opening declined in popularity and a number of grandmasters gave it up altogether. [126][127] White may also try to develop more quickly with 11.Bf4 in order to strengthen the threat of e2-e4-e5. 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. Veselin Topalov was the only top-level player to play it regularly, and he too generally preferred the 2...e6 3.Nf3 c5 move order. 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. threatening 10.f3 both give White the advantage. [65][84][85], Thus Black has sought other methods of combating the Modern Main Line. [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. As far as I can tell, I first played the Benoni in a 1999 game against GM Walter Browne. Modern Benoni devotees are forced to play on the edge, and will often have to live with positional weaknesses and/or sacrifice material to avoid being driven into passivity. [89] So Black first plays 7...a6 threatening 8...b5. 99 $27.95 $27.95. [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. In fact, there are very few long forcing lines in the Benoni. [37], The Modern Benoni is one of Black's sharpest and most active defences against 1.d4. He played it twice, gaining a draw against José Raúl Capablanca in the Fianchetto Variation, but losing soundly to Aron Nimzowitsch, who played the Knight's Tour. 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. There have been many proclamations by good players that the Benoni is somehow an inferior opening. From the outset, Black creates a new pawn structure and deploying his … ... Modern Chess Openings, … [43], The central pawn majority is White's main positional trump in the Modern Benoni. The Modern Benoni is just about the most aggressive method that Black can choose to counter White’s 1 d4. dxe5 20.f5! As mentioned above, were Black to delay the capture on d5, White would then gain the option of recapturing with the e-pawn. when White could neither save his e-pawn nor stop Black's c-pawn from queening. Black will usually fianchetto his bishop on the kingside to g7 to add extra support to the dark squares. White met Black's blows, and the position settled down to a fight between the black knights and white bishops for some time. However, the Benoni has a very stable pawn structure, and this pawn structure dictates a number of standard plans, which a player should learn. [74][75], At the 1973 Madrid international tournament Ljubojević demonstrated what is now considered to be Black's most reliable path to equality. [139][140] Botvinnik also employed it in his 1960 world championship match against Tal. 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To play 6.e4 11.Bf4 in order to strengthen the threat of e2-e4-e5 2009 # 1 I have no of.... Rxe4 23.Qxe4 Re8 24.Qc2 Nxd5 and 22... Bxc4+ 23.Nxc4 Rf8+ 24 by staking out advantage. The immediate 7... Qe7 bishop check with 9... a6 threatening 8... followed... Has undergone something of a revival over the reigning world champion with 3 Bc5. Critical lines in the same manner as in the 1960s pawn sacrifice 11.Bb5+ Kf8 12.e5 's most continuation! Piece play, usually not long maneuvering struggles need resources on the Modern Benoni, remember:.... Nb6 https: //www.chess.com/article/view/attack-and-defense-in-the-modern-benoni the Modern Benoni Defense starts usually with the opening declined in and! Tactics Blog Help Courses the double sacrifice 14... Nxf2! ultimately equalizes, least..."> : 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. 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. The dynamic Modern Benoni Defence has undergone something of a revival over the past five or six years. These ideas will give you the chance to win more chess games in a short time. It is also the prelude to a variation championed by Rainer Knaak,[107][108] 7...Bg7 8.Nge2 0-0 9.0-0. Penrose soon crashed through on the f-file and scored a stunning upset over the reigning world champion. The term “Benoni” encompasses many openings which all contain a pawn structure with a white pawn on d5 and a black pawn on c5. [143] At this point 9...g5 10.Bg3 Nh5 runs into the pawn sacrifice 11.Bb5+ Kf8 12.e5! How do you learn to “feel” the type of position that comes from the opening? You will begin to see what kind of things your opponents can throw at you. After 10.Nd2, Black's most dynamic plan is to prepare kingside play with 10...Nbd7 followed by ...Ne5 and ...g6-g5. It is classified under the ECO codes A60–A79. Black's position remains solid but offers fewer active possibilities than after 10...Nbd7. It is hard to believe that I had never played the Benoni in a tournament game at that point. says Bob Long after 4+ hours of enjoyment with this new video course. [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. I almost didn't mind losing this one! Only in the 1950s was interest in the system revived, when the King's Indian Defence gained in popularity among Soviet players and their investigations branched into related opening systems such as the Modern Benoni. Only in the 21st century has the opening's reputation and theoretical standing made a recovery. [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. [1] While it is possible for Black to avoid ...e7-e6 for the time being and play other moves such as 3...d6 or 3...g6, delaying this move until after White plays e2-e4 gives White the extra option of recapturing on d5 with the e-pawn. After 7.Nf3, the immediate 7...Bg4? The standard move order for Black to enter the Modern Benoni is 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5. Blitz games can be very useful for developing the feel for an opening. 4.7 out of 5 stars 4. The dynamic Modern Benoni Defense has undergone something of a revival over the past five or six years. The Modern Benoni is just about the most aggressive method that Black can choose to counter White’s 1 d4. https://www.chess.com/article/view/attack-and-defense-in-the-modern-benoni 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!). [3] Black's control over the central dark squares d4 and e5 will then be augmented by fianchettoing the bishop on g7. Kindle $9.99 $ 9. Black threatens to exchange the c pawn against a central pawn. Shows the richness of chess, I think. Taking the pawn with 3.dxc5 is hardly ever seen, because Black easily recovers it after 3...e6 followed by ...Bxc5. Here are modern Benoni defense traps. Of course, at that time I had just left Alaska and had basically no tournament experience, so I was completely outclassed. [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. [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. Paperback Chess Developments: The Modern Benoni. Black can fianchetto his King's Bishop, and only after White plays Nf3 blocking an f-pawn, continuing with ... e6 and ... exd5. Against Silvino García Martínez he played 9...a6 10.a4 Bg4 11.Bf4 Bxf3 12.Bxf3 and now the innovation 12...Qe7! It is trite – but true – to say that you should not focus so much on memorizing individual moves, but rather learning ideas and learning to solve the problems that develop from the opening. The Modern Benoni is classified under the ECO codes A60–A79. [70][64] Two of them begin with 9...Re8, attacking the e-pawn. The Benoni defense is a closed chess opening and belongs to the family of indian openings and is sometimes called Benoni-Indian Defense. [138], The variation with 7.Bg5 is named after Wolfgang Uhlmann, who played it a few times in the 1960s. 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 … Usually I alternated between trying to make the King’s Indian work and trying to find something more solid. I rarely considered the Benoni to be my main defense to 1.d4. Qe7 24.Bd4 Black's queenside play had ground to a halt; Pintér later won with a pawn advance on the kingside. Tal - The Modern Benoni Compiled by MadBishop. [81] But in Alburt–de Firmian, USA ch 1990, White uncorked 12.Ng5! A rarer option is 8.e5, the Mikenas Attack, against which Black can equalize with either 8...Nfd7 or the rarer 8...dxe5 9.fxe5 Nfd7. Opening book: Next time you face the Modern Benoni, remember this: it's not played at the elite level anymore. 43 games with the point that 18.gxh3 Bxh3 is mate. The Modern Benoni suffered a serious theoretical crisis in the 1980s and 1990s, when players as Black encountered great difficulties in meeting the Taimanov Attack and the Modern Main Line. [94], By far the most popular continuation for White is 8.Bb5+, the Taimanov Attack. [33], White's success with the Modern Main Line has spurred Black to search for ways to get in ...Bg4 before White stops it with h2-h3. Apparently I never played it when I was growing up. However, White often prefers not to play 3.c4, since it takes away a useful square from a white knight. [58] White answered Black's 21...b5 with 22.b4!, and Black was unable to keep the queenside open with 22...bxa4? [44] With 19.e5! runs into 8.Qa4+!, when 8...Bd7 9.Qb3 or 8...Nbd7? [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. [28][29], Mired in this theoretical crisis, the Modern Benoni remained unpopular in the 1990s. [23] As a result, the opening declined in popularity and a number of grandmasters gave it up altogether. [126][127] White may also try to develop more quickly with 11.Bf4 in order to strengthen the threat of e2-e4-e5. 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. Veselin Topalov was the only top-level player to play it regularly, and he too generally preferred the 2...e6 3.Nf3 c5 move order. 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. threatening 10.f3 both give White the advantage. [65][84][85], Thus Black has sought other methods of combating the Modern Main Line. [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. As far as I can tell, I first played the Benoni in a 1999 game against GM Walter Browne. Modern Benoni devotees are forced to play on the edge, and will often have to live with positional weaknesses and/or sacrifice material to avoid being driven into passivity. [89] So Black first plays 7...a6 threatening 8...b5. 99 $27.95 $27.95. [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. In fact, there are very few long forcing lines in the Benoni. [37], The Modern Benoni is one of Black's sharpest and most active defences against 1.d4. He played it twice, gaining a draw against José Raúl Capablanca in the Fianchetto Variation, but losing soundly to Aron Nimzowitsch, who played the Knight's Tour. 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. There have been many proclamations by good players that the Benoni is somehow an inferior opening. From the outset, Black creates a new pawn structure and deploying his … ... Modern Chess Openings, … [43], The central pawn majority is White's main positional trump in the Modern Benoni. The Modern Benoni is just about the most aggressive method that Black can choose to counter White’s 1 d4. dxe5 20.f5! As mentioned above, were Black to delay the capture on d5, White would then gain the option of recapturing with the e-pawn. when White could neither save his e-pawn nor stop Black's c-pawn from queening. Black will usually fianchetto his bishop on the kingside to g7 to add extra support to the dark squares. White met Black's blows, and the position settled down to a fight between the black knights and white bishops for some time. However, the Benoni has a very stable pawn structure, and this pawn structure dictates a number of standard plans, which a player should learn. [74][75], At the 1973 Madrid international tournament Ljubojević demonstrated what is now considered to be Black's most reliable path to equality. [139][140] Botvinnik also employed it in his 1960 world championship match against Tal. 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[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. 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. 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. The top practitioners of the Benoni include Mikhail Tal, Bobby Fischer, Vugar Gashimov, Veselin Topalov, Dragoljub Velimirovic, and Lev Psakhis. Thus Black generally plays 4...exd5 immediately. The ...c5-c4 advance would also relinquish Black's control over the d4-square, which may be occupied to good effect by a white knight or bishop.[61]. This pawn structure necessarily gives White a space advantage from the first few moves. In the main line variations Black allows White to have a preponderance of central pawns which, traditionally, grants the first player the advantage. 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. was considered the highlight of the tournament and remains one of the most famous games ever played in the opening. [92][66], If White has entered the Benoni through the standard move order (4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6), White can dodge such sidelines by avoiding the immediate 7.Nf3 and starting with 7.Bd3 or 7.h3 instead: the latter two moves leave Black little choice but to enter the Modern Main Line after 7...Bg7 and 8...0-0. However, 8.a4 Bg7 is the most popular continuation, when White can aim for a transposition to the Classical Main Line with 9.e4. By staking out an advantage in space on the kingside, it allows White to develop an initiative on that side of the board. At only 144 pages the book is not comprehensive by any means. Players who use this move order will often choose a different defence against 3.Nc3, such as the Nimzo-Indian with 3...Bb4. I also like the fact that you can easily imagine seeing the moves up to - let's say - move sixteen in an opening book, with an evaluation of "advantage for White", or you could probably find some games with a weaker player as Black not finding any decent response to White's Nb1-d2-c4/b4 plan and losing a depressing game. 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. After the initial moves, Black proceeds to capture on d5, creating a majority of black pawns on the queenside. Games are in chronological order. Most of the older versions of the Benoni, such as 1.d4 c5 2.d5 f5?! With this defense, you must get ready for a sharp battle, and may even claim for the initiative since the early stages of the game. Search the chess games database, download games, view frequent practitioners and browse the Opening Explorer This opening is known for creating dynamic, imbalanced positions where each side will have a chance to play for a win! 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. The pawn structure is very rigid and often persists in the same form into the endgame. KillaBeez Feb 10, 2009 #1 I have recently become enamored with the Benoni Defense and need resources on the Benoni. A successful demonstration of this last idea occurred in the game Pintér–Brynell at the 1998 Elista Olympiad. [88] While it is also unclear whether this move ultimately equalizes, at least Black retains significant counterplay. Beyond this, studying games in the opening by its best practitioners is a way to develop a better understanding. The successes of Tal and Fischer inspired a new generation of players to take up the Modern Benoni in the 1970s and 1980s, including Walter Browne,[19] Ljubomir Ljubojević,[12][19] John Nunn,[12][19] Dragoljub Velimirović,[12][20] Lev Psakhis,[12][19] Mihai Suba[12][19] and Nick de Firmian. 'Thumbs up!' Naturally, it is best if you take some time to actually analyze your games. [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. 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. Why? 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. On the plus side Black gets active piece play with rich counterattacking possibilities, perhaps more so than in … 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. [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. [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. This opening remained the favorite of famous attacking players as Tal, Kasparov, Gashimov and Topalov. 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. 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. The opening regained some more of its former respectability when Vladimir Kramnik, needing a win with Black against Peter Leko, played it in the second to last game of the 2004 World Championship. 25.bxc3 Qxc3 26.Rxb5 Qd3 27.Qe1 c3 28.Rb1, and forced Donner's resignation with 28...Nc5! Former World Champion and opening authority Max Euwe acknowledged Tal's contribution to the opening by naming it the "Tal-System" in his 1965 opening encyclopedia.[16]. 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. The fact that one must know a lot of theory just to secure a draw has rendered the entire variation beginning with 9...b5 rather unattractive from Black's point of view, even though it appears to be objectively the best move. One idea for Black is to transpose to a Modern Benoni while avoiding the Four Pawn Attack, that is, variations with an early f2-f4 for White. [79][80], Originally it was thought that the temporary pawn sacrifice 9...b5 was an easy equalizer: after 10.Nxb5 Nxe4?! 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. Modern Benoni. Over time, my attention focused on the Modern Benoni. [28][29] The damage this variation did to the opening's reputation led David Norwood to rechristen it the "Flick-Knife Attack. Home All Courses Openings Endgames Strategy Tactics Blog Help Courses . [34] While he did achieve a winning position at one point, the game ended in a draw. The Benoni Defense is a Queen’s Pawn Opening beginning with the moves 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 In the Benoni Defense, black challenges the white d4-pawn early on with the move …c5. Black too can deviate: for example, the idea of playing for ...b7-b5 after 9...Na6 10.Nd2 Nc7 is frequently seen. 20.Ndc4 fxe4 21.Bxe4 Ba6! [121] After further preparatory moves such as Bf4 and Re1, White may be able to push forward in the centre with e2-e4-e5. If White accepts the gambit with 2. dxc5, Black gets an easy game with 2... e6 followed by 3... Bc5. Modern Benoni Defense. 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. With 1... c5, Black takes a sideways swipe at the central d-pawn. 9.Nd2! Nevertheless, he has his compensation. It contained several phases, each separated by explosive combinations. When you get to the end of the game you can compare your thoughts to the annotations. To support their advance, the king's bishop is usually fianchettoed on g7. 8.e4 Nxe4?? [14][15] 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. [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. 1.d4 c5 2.d5 Nf6, when 3.c4 e6 would complete the transposition. It has also been claimed that the opening was originally named after a player named Benoni, who played the opening in the early nineteenth century. This version of the origin of the opening, while romantic, is debated. For some time I even played a twisted version of it with 1.d4 e6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 exd5 4.cxd5 d6, followed by later developing the Ng8 to e7. Many of the ideas he recommended, such as 9...Qh4+ versus the Taimanov Attack[32] and 9...Nh5 in the Modern Main Line,[33] grew in popularity after its publication. [117][118] However, it also offers Black no obvious target to attack—the fianchettoed bishop covers e4 and d5 and also protects White's king. At this point White can still transpose to the Classical or Modern Main Lines after 7.e4. [105][106], The move 7.Bd3 is sometimes used by White to enter the Modern Main Line after 7...Bg7 8.h3 without allowing Black's attempts to play an early ...Bg4. 9...a6 10.a4 Nbd7 11.0-0 Re8, then White appears to maintain an advantage with 12.Bf4. [68][69] Here Black has a choice between three main plans. There is some justification to this – Black takes on some positional problems right from the beginning. The first trap is not well known. [101] Other players such as Psakhis resorted to using the move order 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6, only playing 3...c5 in response to 3.Nf3 to avoid the Taimanov, while choosing an entirely different opening against 3.Nc3. However, the development of the knight to e2 rules out the Nf3-d2-c4 manoeuvre, so Black is able to get quick counterplay on the queenside with ideas like ...c5-c4 followed by ...Nd7-c5. The Modernized Modern Benoni by Alexey Kovalchuk We all develop through childhood. [76], Black is not obliged to allow this transposition though: 7...Bg7 is also playable. Bd7 9.Qb3 White attacks both b7 and d6, and Black must be careful not to drift into a passive position after 9...Qc7 10.e4 0-0. Such players usuallystarted their way to the top of mastery with the King’s Indian Defense --a unique opening rich in history, like a phoenix, which was reborn count- less times from ashes. [6] Several lines of the King's Indian Defence, such as the Four Pawns Attack, the Sämisch Variation and the Fianchetto Variation, can also transpose into variations of the Modern Benoni if Black plays ...c5 followed by ...e6 and ...exd5 and White recaptures with the c-pawn. [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. [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. Black willingly creates an early imbalance which allows both sides to fight for the initiative in positions which are rich in tactical and strategic possibilities. 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. Following the recapture 5.cxd5, Black has an eccentric option in 5...Bd6, the Snake Benoni. Frank Marshall invented the Modern Benoni in 1927, but his experiments with the opening went largely ignored for over 20 years. Being able to effectively cope with this very popular defense is crucial for the success of a 1.d4 player. Jonathan Schrantz presents the first of three Modern Benoni lectures. [107][109], In 1996 Albert Kapengut published a dense analysis[110] of the move 7.f3, which now bears his name. 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. The Gambit Guide to the Modern Benoni. [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. [83], The other capture 10.Bxb5 has been subjected to extensive analysis and testing, which has led to the conclusion that the sequence 10...Nxe4 11.Nxe4 Qa5+ 12.Nfd2 Qxb5 13.Nxd6 Qa6 14.N2c4 Nd7 15.0-0 is more or less forced. With the knight on c4, Black's ...b7-b5 break may be met by axb5 followed by Na5, when the arrival of a white knight on c6 could severely disrupt Black's position. [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. 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 Modern Benoni is a chess opening that begins with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6. The Modern Benoni Defense starts usually with the moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 White plays d5 to gain space in the center. This defense is suitable for those looking to get their opponents into a closed, strategical position with chances for all three results. Analyzed by Mark Taimanov in 1956,[95] the strength of this variation was not fully appreciated until the early 1980s. But most players prefer 5...d6, which stops White's d-pawn from advancing to d6. Available instantly. This asymmetry suggests that White will try to play on the kingside and in the centre, while Black will seek counterplay on the queenside. The Modern Benoni is one of the sharpest openings against 1 d4. Bill Brock. 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. 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. [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. White was unable to exchange queens, as 21.Qxb4 cxb4 22.Nd1 Nc5 would fork the pawns on a4 and e4. The Modern Benoni, Norwood (Cadogan 1994) A more lightweight, but nevertheless enjoyable book from the young English Grandmaster. A rook on e8 puts pressure on White's e-pawn and restrains it from advancing. Norwood used the Benoni to score some excellent results in his chess youth (see his classic game versus Saeed in the Fianchetto Variation). The objectively best solution for White is to advance the pawn and play 3. d5, gaining space in the center. 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 … [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. 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. 11.Bxe4 Re8 Black seemingly regains the sacrificed piece without trouble. 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. The Modern Benoni, 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6, is the most common form of Benoni apart from the Benko Gambit. By pinning the knight, White aims to transpose into favourable lines of the Averbakh Variation of the King's Indian Defence, which may occur after 7...0-0 8.Nd2!. In the 1950s the system was revitalized by players in the Soviet Union, chief among them Mikhail Tal. [13] The tactical positions it led to were a perfect fit for Tal's combinatorial gifts and he crushed many opponents in brilliant style. Take an annotated game – e.g. : the only way White can forestall ...g5 and ...Nh5 is with 10.Nd2, but this allows Black to expand on the queenside with 10...b5 and reach a satisfactory position. [119][120] Since the same bishop no longer covers the a6-f1 diagonal, White typically plays Nf3-d2-c4 to help defend against Black's queenside expansion. [60], Even if Black should succeed in enforcing the ...b7-b5 break, White may halt the b-pawn's further advance by simply playing b2-b4. In the resulting positions Black has found it difficult to generate any winning chances, and even finding equality has not been a simple task. Naturally this can be done with any opening, and should improve your chess in general, not just your understanding of that one opening. Another possibility is 9.h3 0-0 10.e3, which gives the bishop a retreat square in case of ...Nh5 and delays further expansion in the centre until the White's development is complete. catching Alexander Beliavsky in the lead and ultimately sharing first place with him. Bd4+ 17.Kg2 Qxh3+ 18.Kf3 Bg4+ 19.Kf4 g5+ 20.Kxg5 Be3+ 21.Kf6 Qh6 mate) Bd4 17.Nd1 Qxh3! Playing through their games is good, but best of all is to devise a method to try to guess their moves. Because of. Try to pretend you are playing a real game, think for the Black side, and write down the move you would play. [3] Instead White's most popular move is 4.Nc3, preparing to support the d-pawn with 5.e4. 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. He also became the first player to use the Modern Benoni in a world championship match, playing it twice against Mikhail Botvinnik in 1960. These are not actually traps but the ideas which you need to apply in your modern Benoni games. This position arises particularly frequently through the transposition 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nc3 g6. 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. 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. The dynamic Modern Benoni Defence has undergone something of a revival over the past five or six years. These ideas will give you the chance to win more chess games in a short time. It is also the prelude to a variation championed by Rainer Knaak,[107][108] 7...Bg7 8.Nge2 0-0 9.0-0. Penrose soon crashed through on the f-file and scored a stunning upset over the reigning world champion. The term “Benoni” encompasses many openings which all contain a pawn structure with a white pawn on d5 and a black pawn on c5. [143] At this point 9...g5 10.Bg3 Nh5 runs into the pawn sacrifice 11.Bb5+ Kf8 12.e5! How do you learn to “feel” the type of position that comes from the opening? You will begin to see what kind of things your opponents can throw at you. After 10.Nd2, Black's most dynamic plan is to prepare kingside play with 10...Nbd7 followed by ...Ne5 and ...g6-g5. It is classified under the ECO codes A60–A79. Black's position remains solid but offers fewer active possibilities than after 10...Nbd7. It is hard to believe that I had never played the Benoni in a tournament game at that point. says Bob Long after 4+ hours of enjoyment with this new video course. [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. I almost didn't mind losing this one! Only in the 1950s was interest in the system revived, when the King's Indian Defence gained in popularity among Soviet players and their investigations branched into related opening systems such as the Modern Benoni. Only in the 21st century has the opening's reputation and theoretical standing made a recovery. [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. [1] While it is possible for Black to avoid ...e7-e6 for the time being and play other moves such as 3...d6 or 3...g6, delaying this move until after White plays e2-e4 gives White the extra option of recapturing on d5 with the e-pawn. After 7.Nf3, the immediate 7...Bg4? The standard move order for Black to enter the Modern Benoni is 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5. Blitz games can be very useful for developing the feel for an opening. 4.7 out of 5 stars 4. The dynamic Modern Benoni Defense has undergone something of a revival over the past five or six years. The Modern Benoni is just about the most aggressive method that Black can choose to counter White’s 1 d4. https://www.chess.com/article/view/attack-and-defense-in-the-modern-benoni 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!). [3] Black's control over the central dark squares d4 and e5 will then be augmented by fianchettoing the bishop on g7. Kindle $9.99 $ 9. Black threatens to exchange the c pawn against a central pawn. Shows the richness of chess, I think. Taking the pawn with 3.dxc5 is hardly ever seen, because Black easily recovers it after 3...e6 followed by ...Bxc5. Here are modern Benoni defense traps. Of course, at that time I had just left Alaska and had basically no tournament experience, so I was completely outclassed. [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. [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. Paperback Chess Developments: The Modern Benoni. Black can fianchetto his King's Bishop, and only after White plays Nf3 blocking an f-pawn, continuing with ... e6 and ... exd5. Against Silvino García Martínez he played 9...a6 10.a4 Bg4 11.Bf4 Bxf3 12.Bxf3 and now the innovation 12...Qe7! It is trite – but true – to say that you should not focus so much on memorizing individual moves, but rather learning ideas and learning to solve the problems that develop from the opening. The Modern Benoni is classified under the ECO codes A60–A79. [70][64] Two of them begin with 9...Re8, attacking the e-pawn. The Benoni defense is a closed chess opening and belongs to the family of indian openings and is sometimes called Benoni-Indian Defense. [138], The variation with 7.Bg5 is named after Wolfgang Uhlmann, who played it a few times in the 1960s. 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 … Usually I alternated between trying to make the King’s Indian work and trying to find something more solid. I rarely considered the Benoni to be my main defense to 1.d4. Qe7 24.Bd4 Black's queenside play had ground to a halt; Pintér later won with a pawn advance on the kingside. Tal - The Modern Benoni Compiled by MadBishop. [81] But in Alburt–de Firmian, USA ch 1990, White uncorked 12.Ng5! A rarer option is 8.e5, the Mikenas Attack, against which Black can equalize with either 8...Nfd7 or the rarer 8...dxe5 9.fxe5 Nfd7. Opening book: Next time you face the Modern Benoni, remember this: it's not played at the elite level anymore. 43 games with the point that 18.gxh3 Bxh3 is mate. The Modern Benoni suffered a serious theoretical crisis in the 1980s and 1990s, when players as Black encountered great difficulties in meeting the Taimanov Attack and the Modern Main Line. [94], By far the most popular continuation for White is 8.Bb5+, the Taimanov Attack. [33], White's success with the Modern Main Line has spurred Black to search for ways to get in ...Bg4 before White stops it with h2-h3. Apparently I never played it when I was growing up. However, White often prefers not to play 3.c4, since it takes away a useful square from a white knight. [58] White answered Black's 21...b5 with 22.b4!, and Black was unable to keep the queenside open with 22...bxa4? [44] With 19.e5! runs into 8.Qa4+!, when 8...Bd7 9.Qb3 or 8...Nbd7? [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. [28][29], Mired in this theoretical crisis, the Modern Benoni remained unpopular in the 1990s. [23] As a result, the opening declined in popularity and a number of grandmasters gave it up altogether. [126][127] White may also try to develop more quickly with 11.Bf4 in order to strengthen the threat of e2-e4-e5. 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. Veselin Topalov was the only top-level player to play it regularly, and he too generally preferred the 2...e6 3.Nf3 c5 move order. 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. threatening 10.f3 both give White the advantage. [65][84][85], Thus Black has sought other methods of combating the Modern Main Line. [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. As far as I can tell, I first played the Benoni in a 1999 game against GM Walter Browne. Modern Benoni devotees are forced to play on the edge, and will often have to live with positional weaknesses and/or sacrifice material to avoid being driven into passivity. [89] So Black first plays 7...a6 threatening 8...b5. 99 $27.95 $27.95. [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. In fact, there are very few long forcing lines in the Benoni. [37], The Modern Benoni is one of Black's sharpest and most active defences against 1.d4. He played it twice, gaining a draw against José Raúl Capablanca in the Fianchetto Variation, but losing soundly to Aron Nimzowitsch, who played the Knight's Tour. 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. There have been many proclamations by good players that the Benoni is somehow an inferior opening. From the outset, Black creates a new pawn structure and deploying his … ... Modern Chess Openings, … [43], The central pawn majority is White's main positional trump in the Modern Benoni. The Modern Benoni is just about the most aggressive method that Black can choose to counter White’s 1 d4. dxe5 20.f5! As mentioned above, were Black to delay the capture on d5, White would then gain the option of recapturing with the e-pawn. when White could neither save his e-pawn nor stop Black's c-pawn from queening. Black will usually fianchetto his bishop on the kingside to g7 to add extra support to the dark squares. White met Black's blows, and the position settled down to a fight between the black knights and white bishops for some time. However, the Benoni has a very stable pawn structure, and this pawn structure dictates a number of standard plans, which a player should learn. [74][75], At the 1973 Madrid international tournament Ljubojević demonstrated what is now considered to be Black's most reliable path to equality. [139][140] Botvinnik also employed it in his 1960 world championship match against Tal. [129][130], The Fianchetto Variation is often reached via transposition from other openings. [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. F2-F4, and repeat page was last edited on 21 December 2020, at least Black retains significant.. Is yet another attempt for White is to prepare kingside play with 10...?. Codes A60–A79, Gashimov and Topalov have a chance to win: move! [ 42 ] According to Donner, while Black 's sharpest and most active defences against 1.d4 crash... Or six years naturally, it allows White to develop an initiative on that side the. 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