Ramirez: Attacking with the Benko Gambit

by ChessBase
2/8/2013 – The Benkö Gambit offers Black the possibility to combat the stable 1.d4 systems and get into the driver’s seat. Our new DVD trainer is, according to an early purchaser "the best ChessBase video to date. Alejandro Ramirez does an absolutely amazing job, and I actually learned how to better assess the middlegame in general, and not just in relation to this particular opening." Definitely worth looking into.

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Alejandro Ramirez:
Attacking with the Benko Gambit

ISBN: 978-3-86681-352
EAN: 4027975007410
Delivery: Download or Post

€27.90 (€23.45 without VAT for Customers outside the EU, $31.47 without VAT)

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 as well.

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.

That 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.

Warm regards,
Matt Renner

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