Is the Ben-oni defense right for you?

The Ben-oni is a sharp, tactical opening. If you want to improve your calculation skills then this opening will help you. The position is unbalanced from the beginning, so there is a good chance to win for both players. 

You may want to play other opening if you want to play slow, strategical positions or if you want a solid middlegame where you can have the draw at least.

To play the Ben-oni defense can be very exciting if you win and very frustrating if you lose. Nice combinations included.

I wish you the best to try it or study some interesting games! 

Bobby Fischer used the Ben-oni defense in the 3rd game of the World Championship match against Boris Spassky.

In this game black was able to use 3 main ideas for black and preventing 2 main ideas for white.

1. He had active piece-play on the kingside with the knights by Nh5 and Ng4

2. He was able to advance the queenside pawns by b6,a6 and then b5.

3. He attacked the white e4 central pawn by rooks on the e-file.

Finally he won the e4 pawn and later the endgame.

Black's critical weakness is the d6 pawn. White has 2 main plans:

1. Winning the pawn.

2. Exchanging it with e4-e5 and then advance the d-pawn. 

When you replay the game, please look the annotations under the board and look also the variations and side lines!


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  • 18 months ago


    Black pieces are active. Good chances with solid attacking ideas.

  • 21 months ago


    I have never gotten white to push d5 ...  I had bought "Attack with Black" book, which starts d6, and then goes into Benko, Blumfeld, Benoni, but I have YET to get white to play mainlines heh .. 

    Any adivce, need to see games maybe?

  • 21 months ago


    Nice job by Bobby Fischer carrying out his plans while at the same time preventing his opponents!

  • 21 months ago


    Good one.

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