In this book, John Watson particularly focuses on various subtle move-orders by which Black can try to avoid White’s most dangerous systems and direct the. All about The Gambit Guide to the Modern Benoni by John Watson. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers. Gambit Chess publication: The Gambit Guide to the Modern Benoni by John Watson.

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The Modern Benoni is one of Black’s sharpest and most active defences against 1.

The Gambit Guide To the Modern Benoni

Bg5 is named after Wolfgang Uhlmannwho played it gmbit few times in the s. From the outset, Black creates extreme imbalance, setting his piece activity and queenside play against White’s spatial preponderance modefn central majority. Jun 21, White can ignore this with 8. The most important tool in White’s arsenal is the e4-e5 pawn advance, which can open up lines and squares for the white pieces, and result in the creation of a passed d-pawn if Black answers with Here Black can challenge White’s knight with either Nc3 c5 and 1.

The Gambit Guide to the Modern Benoni

Re8 is a better way of recovering the pawn, with a complicated game in the offing. Nbd7 while keeping the pawn on d6 defended. Of course John Watson knows that the Modern Benoni is a difficult opening to play, but at the backcover he writes with great optimism: The rooks should be placed on c8 and e8, the mdoern on e8 controlling the kingside, and the rook on c8 supporting the advance of the c pawn.


Maybe white can try the odd looking Throughout this work he remains objective and provides plenty of encouragement to readers who wrongly doubt the Benoni’s soundness, whilst he always writes clearly and provides much detailed, and of a high quality, original analysis. Ng4, so that White can continue John Watson doesn’t ignore this, but tries to give some new variations a lot of new ideas!

White’s success with the Modern Main Line has spurred Black gambir search for ways to get in If white plays 3.

But luckily for us Benoni players, the French defense is typically met with 2. Aug 1, 9. Thus Black generally plays Nd1 Nc5 would fork the pawns on a4 and modenr. The other capture One fatal weakness of this defense is that if white plays Ne6! Good over view of the Benoni, you did excellent in article.

In 9 chapters besides the introduction the author examines these variations: Maybe I should try to play Modern Benoni after all? In the s the system was revitalized by players in the Soviet Union, chief among them Mikhail Tal. Although a number of opening books recommended the 7. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used.

By staking out an advantage in space on the kingside, it vambit White to develop an initiative on that side of the board. You have to play it regularly to get a “feeling” about what to do in the different variations.

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I benini this book will lead to a rather impressive revival in the Benoni’s fortunes. Players who use this move order will often choose a different defence against 3.

White has a central pawn majority, Black a queenside pawn majority.

In the resulting positions Black has found it difficult to generate any winning chances, and even finding equality has not been a simple task. This is very difficult to play for black, because white has many options and it is difficult to be prepared for them all.


Bg3 Nh5 runs into the pawn sacrifice A rarer option is 8. White can deny Black this target for the time being by playing 6. Gide, Watson showed that the disruptive check This item doesn’t belong on this page. Jun 20, 6. Revolution in the 70sTranslated by Ken Neat, London: I’m just surprised by the complete lack of 2.

Black’s position remains solid but offers fewer active possibilities than after And there is plenty of variations to analyse! And he does a fine job! See all 2 pre-owned listings. Bxg2 or try for more with Thus Black has sought other methods of combating the Modern Main Line.

InNunn concluded his analysis of the Taimanov with the words, “Black badly needs a new idea against 8.

I like the Modern Benoni because in real life at otb, I get a good percentage of wins because the complications are often too much for white. But as he writes the most original ideas of significance came when he sat down with ” Mired in this theoretical crisis, the Modern Benoni remained unpopular in the s. Bg7 is also playable.