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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Nh5 is with If white chooses to play 9. Aug 2, Originally it was thought that the temporary pawn sacrifice If this is your intent, I recommend 2…g6 and 4. 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”. Penrose—Tal, Leipzig ol Black lost a tempo to get white to play g3!! Nd2but this allows Black to expand on the queenside with However, in lower level play, white will often accept the pawn, playing 2.

InNunn concluded his analysis of the Taimanov with the words, “Black badly needs a new idea against 8. The rooks should be placed on c8 and e8, the rook on e8 controlling the kingside, and the rook on c8 supporting the advance of the c pawn.

The Gambit Guide To the Modern Benoni

Here theory divides into three major branches: En route to winning his first USSR championship, [55] Tal provided a brilliant example of how Black’s dark-square control could lead to a kingside attack. The Benoni is an active unbalanced defence and is not suitable for those wanting a quiet solid game. 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.


At the end of this chapter Watson moodern “I won’t pretend that I don’t have some intuitive doubts about this system achieving absolute and incontrovertible equality although it may do so It’s not the same. O-O, it will lead to a slight variation of the Classical Czech Benoni. List of openings theory table List of modeern gambits Irregular Quick checkmates Fool’s mate Scholar’s mate.

Retrieved from ” https: Most of the time he is successful Notably, it was Vladimir Kramnik ‘s choice when he needed a win with Black in the penultimate game of the World Championship. But it is in fact an idea of Perenyi’s, and it looks like black can secure equality in this variation. Re8attacking the e-pawn.

The Gambit Guide To the Modern Benoni by Watson, John

I’m just surprised ths the complete lack of 2. The Benoni is an advanced opening that requires players to constantly be aware of the potential of all pieces, especially the threat of pawn breaks.

This is the response that a player who is more familiar with the Benoni will likely play. Nh5 in the Modern Main Line, [33] grew in popularity after its publication. Kh1created a ti c-pawn with A guide to the Modern Benoni. King’s Indian players may also find this book useful as it covers a number of lines that can arise from King’s Indian move orders.


Bxc5 would have left White’s central pawns unstoppable. From the outset, Black creates extreme imbalance, setting his piece activity and queenside play against White’s spatial preponderance and central majority.

Na6intending to bring the knight to c7 to prepare the The game Donner —Tal, Zurich[38] was a classic demonstration of the power of Black’s queenside pawn advance, backed up by the bishop on g7. One of the most dangerous variations at the moment for black!

The Modern BenoniLondon: At this point 7. The sharp variation To support their advance, the king’s bishop is usually fianchettoed on g7.

This item may be a moderj model or store return that has been used. First, Watson showed that the disruptive check Nc3, such as the Nimzo-Indian with For this reason, a better way to play this opening is 1.

Jun 21, The idea here is to play exd5 cxd5 d6, which gives a semi open e-file.