New: Kasimdzhanov: The Benoni is back in Buisness

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4/7/2020 – The Benoni Defense leads to asymmetrical, double-edged positions that give Black good chances to play for a win. On his new DVD, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, coach and second of Fabiano Caruana, shows why the Benoni is much better than it's theoretical reputation and that it is an entirely solid line which offers Black a lot of dynamic possibilities.

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Rustam Kasimdzhanov: The Benoni is back in Business

The Benoni is characterised by the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 and is a popular opening weapon amongst club players. On top level it’s a rare guest but with this DVD Rustam Kasimdzhanov, opening expert and second and coach of Fabiano Caruana, might change that.

New ways and approaches in most lines and countless improvements of official theory will show you how to play this opening at any level with success. Kasimdzhanov's preferred move order to reach the Benoni is 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 which complements his already published DVD on the Nimzoindian (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4).

Kasimdzhanov goes into extreme detail, showing that the Benoni is a reliable opening that often leads to truly fascinating positions. Players of all levels will enhance their knowledge of the opening and their general understanding of dynamic positions.

Moreover, you’ll be able to practice the lines shown in the Opening Trainer and you can play key positions to improve your understanding of typical structures and patterns of the Benoni.

• Video running time: 5 hours 45 minutes (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Database with model games
• Further Training chapter with repertoire and play features

Languages: English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-762-3
System: Windows 7 or higher, Mac OS X (only download)
Delivery: Download, Post
Level: Advanced Tournament player Professional

(€25.13 without VAT (for customers outside the EU)
$28.40 (without VAT)


  1. Introduction
  2. Famous Games
  3. Nimzowitch-Marshall 1927
  4. Geller-Tal 1959
  5. Spassky-Fischer 1972
  6. Leko-Kramnik 2004
  7. 7.h3 Bg7 8.e4 0-0 9.Bd3 b5
  8. Introduction
  9. 10.Bxb5 Nxe4 11.Nxe4 Qa5+ 12.Nfd2 Qxb5 13.Nxd6 Qa6
  10. 10.Nxb5 Re8 11.Nc3/Bg5/Nd2
  11. 10.Nxb5 Re8 11.0-0 Nxe4 12.Qa4/Qb3/Bxe4/Bf4
  12. 10.Nxb5 Re8 11.0-0 Nxe4 12.Re1 a6 13.Ng5/Qa4/Na3/Nc3
  13. 10.Nxb5 Re8 11.0-0 Nxe4 12.Re1 a6 13.Rxe4 Rxe4 14.Nxd6 Rb4
  14. 7.Nd2 Bg7
  15. Introduction
  16. 8.Nc4 0-0 9.g3 Ng4
  17. 8.Nc4 0-0 9.Bg5/Bf4 Nbd7
  18. 8.e4 0-0 9.Be2 Na6 10.0-0 Nc7
  19. 8.e4 0-0 9.Be2 Re8 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.f4/Qc2
  20. 10...Nbd7 11.Qc2 Ne5
  21. 10...Nbd7 11.Re1/h3
  22. 10...Nbd7 11.a4 Ne5/a6
  23. 7.g3 Bg7 8.Bg2 0-0 9.0-0 Re8
  24. Introduction
  25. 10.Nd2 a6 11.a4 Nbd7
  26. 10.a4 Ne4
  27. 10.h3/Re1
  28. 10.Bf4 Ne4 and 10...Bf5
  29. 10.Bf4 Bf5 11.Nh4 Bg4
  30. 7.Bf4 Bg7
  31. 8.e3/e4/Qa4+
  32. 8.Qa4 Bd7 9.Qb3 b5 10.Bxd6 Qb6 11.Be5 0-0 12.e3 c4 13.Qd1 b4
  33. Sidelines
  34. 8.Bb5+/Be2/Bd3
  35. 8.h3 0-0 9.Be3 Re8 10.Nd2 a6
  36. 8.h3 0-0 9.Be3 Re8 10.Bd3 Nxe4
  37. 8.h3 0-0 9.Bg5 Qe8
  38. Avoiding the Benoni
  39. Outro
  40. Excercises 1-18

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A lifetime repertoire: Play the Nimzo Indian

This DVD provides everything you need to know to be able to play one of the most classical openings with Black, the Nimzo-Indian, arising after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4. Nearly every World Championship and top tournament features the Nimzo-Indian.

Rustam Kasimdzhanov

Born in 1979, the grandmaster from Uzbekistan has for many years been known as a very strong and imaginative player. However in 2004 Rustam Kasimdzhanov shocked the chess world by winning the FIDE world chess championship title, beating a string of world-class players like Ivanchuk, Grischuk, Topalov and Adams in the process.

Kasimdzhanov is a witty and entertaining player and presenter who explains chess eloquently, clearly and with a fine sense of humour. His lessons are entertaining and instructive – ideal for students who want to avoid "dry" theory.

Kazimdzhanov helped Vishy Anand in three world championship matches. Currently, he is coach and second of Fabiano Caruana.

Windows 7 or higher
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet access for program activation.

only available as download! Minimum: MacOS "Yosemite" 10.10

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