Understanding before Moving 85: Basics of the Benko Gambit (4)

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6/26/2022 – Herman Grooten is an International Master, a renowned trainer and the author of several highly acclaimed books about chess training and chess strategy. In the 85th instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman continues to explain why playing the Benko Gambit might be a good choice for club players. | Photo: Pascal Simon

Key Concepts of Chess - Pawn Structures Vol.1 and 2 Key Concepts of Chess - Pawn Structures Vol.1 and 2

In this two-part course the emphasis will be on typical pawn-structures.


In our series on the Benkö we have already seen a number of interesting strategic plans for Black and we also saw typical ideas to increase the pressure on White's queenside. Black's pressure is often so great that he can even enter an endgame with a pawn down, in which his pieces are much active than the enemy pieces.

Now, let's look at some tactical patterns. But before we look at at a typical combination, let's look at an unusual one.

In the diagrammed position (which is from a game Kortschnoj-Baklan) the old boss just made a terrible inaccuracy which is punished harshly. White just played 17.Ng2?, and in doing so he allowed Black a great trick. Are you able to find it? And more importantly, can you also come up with a tree of variations that shows that the combination is indeed correct?


Attacking with the Benko Gambit

Don't give 1.d4 players an easy ride — sacrifice a pawn with 3.b5 for a lasting initiative. GM Ramirez shows you clear ideas for play in every variation.

Attacking with the Benko Gambit - Part 2

GM Ramirez completes his repertoire suggestion versus 1.d4 with powerful systems among others against the ColleSystem, Trompowsky or the declining move 3.Nf3. An absolute asset - not only for friends of the Benko Gambit!

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