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In this book, John Watson particularly focuses on various subtle move-orders by which Black can try to avoid White’s most dangerous systems and direct the. All about The Gambit Guide to the Modern Benoni by John Watson. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers. Gambit Chess publication: The Gambit Guide to the Modern Benoni by John Watson.

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Of course John Watson knows that the Modern Benoni is a difficult opening to play, but at the backcover he writes with great optimism: This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. Jul 29, 8. A ReappraisalNew York: You have to play it regularly to get a “feeling” about what to do in the different variations.

The most important thing to say about trying to reach a Czech Benoni by the Old Benoni move order is White doesn’t have to play c4, and can later play Nc4. This is not the best opening; it defies basic opening principles by not developing pieces and by moving the same piece three times in the opening.

The GAMBIT Guide to the Modern Benoni

By pinning the knight, White beonni to transpose into favourable lines of the Averbakh Variation of the King’s Indian Defence, which may occur after These developments did not go unnoticed outside the Soviet Union: Whose Boat Is This Boat? In the resulting positions Black has found it difficult to generate any winning chances, and even finding equality has not been a simple task.


Aug 1, 9. Of all the main variations of the Benoni, this one is the least sound, but it is easier to pick up for less skilled players and is a good introduction to the Benoni Defense. This variation contrasts greatly from other Benoni lines because it ignores positional play and becomes a very tactical game early on.

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Paperback John Steinbeck Books. And even if for some reason you wanted to say exactly what Wikipedia has to say about it I would suggest using blogs instead.

Qb3but after Qc2 Nxd5 and In the Blumenfeld Gambit Accepted, the bishops belong on b7 and d6, and the intent is to place a pawn on d5 by removing the c4 pawn as a defender and supporting the capture of the pawn on d5 with the knight and bishop, giving black a powerful center.

Bg4, White has even resorted to 8. Although this move gains space in the centre, it also gives Black a target of attack on the half-open e-file.

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I finally added the Modern and several more transpositions. If white chooses to release the pin by fianchettoing the bishop, it is only to gain control of the center through e4, as the bishop on g2 would be blocked by the d5 pawn. The standard move order for Black to enter the Vuide Benoni is 1.

The rooks should be placed on c8 and e8, the rook on e8 controlling the kingside, and the th on c8 supporting the advance of the c pawn. This is easily supportable by a5-a6 and the pawn on c5 should be supported by a knight on d7. One thing that could change my mind is that there is so many different moveorders to remember, and I think that this is one of the main problems with “The Modern Benoni”.


Nc3, such as the Nimzo-Indian with It doesn’t have to be a one-dimensional opening all about f5. But in the early s, White scored several crushing victories at high-profile tournaments using the aggressive Taimanov Attackwhich caused players to question the fundamental soundness of Black’s opening.

The Gambit Guide To the Modern Benoni

The other capture Kh1created a passed c-pawn with The quality of production of the book is excellent. These two features differentiate Black’s setup from the other Benoni defences and the King’s Indian Defencealthough transpositions between these openings are common. White was unable to exchange queens, as Here Black can challenge White’s knight with either Famous examples include his game against Bukhuti Gurgenidze at the USSR championship, excerpted belowand his win against Yuri Averbakh at the same tournament the following year.

After this introduction the author then starts with the “proper” Modern Benoni after the moves: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. White can deny Black this target for the time being by playing 6.