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The Benko Gambit is one of Black's modern tries against d4. Black attempts to sacrifice a flank pawn to gain open files on the queenside and wrest the initiative away from White. Top Grandmasters such as Carlsen, Topalov, and even Kasparov have played it. Here is a game played by Kasparov in which he utterly crushes his opponent despite the fact that his opponent declined the gambit. Fully annotated by myself.
Regardless of white's rating, he still made some pretty worthless moves here. I mean, this was really really really bad.
So instead of actually looking at reason, you just attack me personally? Not everybody can become a GM. Being a grandmaster doesn't mean that you have acquired a certain knowledge of chess. It means you are in the 99.987th percentile of all tournament players. Someone with an average IQ cannot be in such a percentile no matter how hard they try. It's like somebody without a propensity for languages trying to master 50 languages. No matter how much effort they put into it, they won't be able to accomplish the task in their short lifetime.
(I calculated the percentile by dividing the number of grandmasters by the number of FIDE registered tournament players. That doesn't even include USCF and other national chess organizations)
I'm sorry, but without high natural talent for the game, nobody will reach GM. While I admit GMs make mistakes, it isn't fair to call them incompetent.
I really facinated by the black 15. c4!
Creating in chess is Kasparov Habit..Kasparov is Chess Legend..
very well played by black!
I play the benko, or towards it, in response to d4 all the time, I find some pretty good positional edges for a measly pawn. At first I misread the title of the article article I thought, 'Oh crap, he's going to show a way to get a solid position for white', I thought it might give an edge to my opponents in some of my correspondence games. Fortunately I was incorrect :). Good show Kasparov.
Vasilicus, the White player was a Scandinavian GM. If you want to call GMs astoundingly incompetent, try becoming one yourself.
(Hint: You won't.)
"Not really demonstrating the Battering characteristics of the Benko so much as the astounding incompetence of the white player."
I'm sure Kasparov would make most players look incompetent in that situation!
very nice! thank you for posting it.
Oh my gosh, so many wrong moves. Bc4 is possibly the worst thing I have ever seen in my life, simultaneously taking the c4 square away from the knight and allowing black to kill it off. a4 too early. a5 way too early. Bxa6??. The exclamation point on c4 is unnecessary since any class player would find it. The only significance of the move is that the rest of the annotations and moves after that point are unnecessary since any player with half a brain would resign at that point. Watching the rest of the game was almost like watching you annotate a QK v K mate.
Just kidding, this was pretty dreadful though. Not really demonstrating the Battering characteristics of the Benko so much as the astounding incompetence of the white player.
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Just some thoughts from an improving club player.
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