How to counter the Benko Gambit

9/11/2003 – Last week our Online GM trainer Dorian Rogozenko showed us how Black gets initiative for the sacrificed pawn in the Benko Gambit. Today he will explain how White can counter this strategy. You can attend the lecture on Thursday night on our Playchess.com server. Here are the details...

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Dorian Rogozenko writes: "Last week the Audience seemed very interested in how to counter Benko Gambit, which is apparently a very popular choice fo online games. They wanted to know more about systems where White would decline the pawn sacrifice, especially with 5.b6. Since I myself consider 5.b6 to be a very good way to meet Benko, my next lesson will be about the system 1.d4 Nf6 2.c5 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.b6, mostly from White's point of view. I will explain strategical plans for White and will provide the Audience with a complete tree of variations in the end of the lecture."

GM Dorian Rogozenko's lectures begin at 21:00h server time (= MET, Middle European Time), which translates to 20:00h London and 3 p.m. New York. You can use Fritz or any Fritz-compatible program (Shredder, Junior, Tiger, Hiarcs) to follow the lectures, or download a free trial client here.

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