Attacking with the Benko Gambit
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Over the years it has become difficult for Black to find active and promising
prospects against 1.d4. White players are usually looking for a stable, solid
and permanent advantage to torture their opponents with.
The Benkö Gambit offers Black the possibility, at the cost of a pawn,
to shatter these ideals and to be the one who is in the driver’s seat.
The player with the black pieces takes quick hold of extremely important strategical
advantages – superior development, better piece prospects, easier play,
clarity of plan, sounder pawn structure, among other things! White must be very
careful in the Benkö, as his attacking prospects are extremely limited
and he is reduced to passive play.
This DVD covers all the potential variations that arise after 1.d4
Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5. You will gain not only grandmaster knowledge of
the specific lines and variations with the latest games from top GMs –
you will also gain the essential strategical and tactical ideas that dominate
the Benkö Gambit structures and setups, enabling you to outplay your opponent
once the opening phase is finished. Carlsen, Kasparov, Anand, Zvjaginsev, Bologan,
Vachier-Lagrave and many others have incorporated the Benkö Gambit as part
of their repertoire – some use it when they want to pressure their opponent
from the get-go or when they are in a must-win situation, others as their main
‘defence’ against 1.d4!
Venture into the world of the Benkö Gambit and see the results over the
board immediately! Video running time: 3 hours 44 min
First reaction by a customer to the new Benkö DVD
As a faithful ChessBase member I want to give you some personal feedback
on Alejandro Ramirez's new DVD. I hope you will pass along my comments
Over the years, I have purchased a lot of ChessBase products. I have
counted and come to 57 DVDs, and this is not including ChessBase Magazine,
to which I am a yearly subscriber. My collection includes many outstanding
DVDs from a number of authors, including Kasimdzhanov and Gustafsson,
to name just two of my favorites.
being said, my personal opinion is Alejandro's DVD is the best ChessBase
video to date. He does an absolutely amazing job which goes far beyond
explaining the basics of this opening. Alejandro has been able to capture
the essence of the different variations in a concise manner and with an
excellent choice of games, which perfectly compliment his thoughts. I
really enjoyed his honest assessments of different variations and willingness
to share his own opinions, which do not always coincide with what the
database may indicate is the strongest move according to theory. He backs
up his opinions with strong arguments which show his deep understanding
of the opening.
While in all fairness the Benko is an easier opening then many others
to present ideas transposing into the middlegame, Alejandro has done such
an amazing job of presenting the longer term ideas that I feel I have
actually learned how to better assess the middlegame in chess in general,
and not just in relation to this particular opening. The ability to convey
this type of deeper understanding to others is extremely rare and is why
I sincerely hope ChessBase will look for opportunities to collaborate
with this talented young grandmaster on future DVDs.
Sampler: Alejandro Ramirez – Attacking with the Benko Gambit
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