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i've started to play 1.d4 as an opening move recently and came across the reponse. 1... c5 today. is this a sound response? what's the best way of playing now?
2. d5 Is the main move. It transposes to Benoni/Benko related positions in many cases. For example 2. ...Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. e4... etc.
It's certainly playable but I like to think of it as a sub-par defense for black. In the benoni white has played c4, but in this he can keep the c pawn back so white has more room for piece activity Nc3 and the f1-a6 diagonal for pieces.
Well, that's what I've been told anyway, I'm not a d4 player so I've never had these positions myself.
I agree completely with zkman. In fact, I would go even further.
1.d4 c5 2.d5 is the only move that guarantees white an advantage out of the opening. The main problem with 1..c5 is that if your goal is to play the Benoni you have chosen a rather inflexible move order. White ends up getting more options against the Modern Benoni and Benko than Black does. This is why it is less popular than other methods of reaching these openings.
i suppose at my level and in blitz it doesn't matter much but i can see after 2. d5 it could get very cramped for black, i hate to play it as black myself
I've got an advantage against a GM as white by 2.dc5 (although the game later petered out to a draw). But yes, 2.d5 is the thematic move, when routinely white should omit playing c2-c4 (this has a few advantages over a regular Benoni).
1.d4 c5 2.d5 is the only move that guarantees white an advantage out of the opening.
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