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what's the best way to play against the BG?I don't have a clue....and I shudder in terror when I have to face this is a long game. any ideas are welcome.
Well, I'm certainly no expert, but I did play the Benko Gambit for a bit and came up against some interesting tries. For one thing, taking the pawn on move five is by no means forced for white--I feel that it is almost more challenging for black if white doesn't actually accept the gambit, and lets the pawn just sit there. I mean, black doesn't have the pawn deficit, but he certainly doesn't get anywhere near the nice position he gets in the regular Benko. I might look into some lines where white doesn't actually take the full gambit.
That said though, I think you looked ok coming out of the opening in the game you posted. I mean, I wouldn't necessarily blame your loss the opening.
Hum. I would place my pawns on b3 and a4, block off the queenside, avoid creating weaknesses. Then it's really up to you, b3-b4, h2-h4-h5-hg6, e4-e5 (My own preference)...
22 Qg4+ Kf6
23 Bg5+ Ke5
24 Qf5 Kd4
25 Be3 mate
Much better for white
oh man.....I hate myself for missing that thanks guys
sometimes I see b6?! but what is the idea behind this move?!
Here's a nice discussion of this line
ah...thanks for that :) it seems there are many safe ways to decline this gambit
b6 move is the decline benko gambit and if Qxb6 black will not have advantage anymore because its future attack on quuenside is stoped by Qxb6...
Why would you want to decline the gambit though, it's a free pawn...
To accept that kind of gambit favors your oponent...in this position if you accept that gambit you will have serious problem with your queeside for example 5.bxa6 Bxa6 folowed by d6 g6 Nbd7 0-0 qa5 and Rhb8
You can accept it but honestly I'd just decline it with one of those lines where the bishop ends up on c4. It's a lot less work...
Combining a kingside fianchetto with e2-e4 in the Benko is fundamentally flawed- d3 and c4 become very weak. Epishin's 11.Rb1! is the critical move, with a lot of established theory existing. I believe white has some advantage after all, but Black can play different at an earlier point, say (Sergey) Kasparov's 9...Nfd7!? (instead of 9...Nbd7), which makes good sense, positionally speaking.
ah...ok.yeah I did the fianchetto thing because I was afraid of losing castling rights after 6.Nc3 Bxa6 7.e4 Bxf1. but I guess it's not that bad.
but I think I'm just gonna start declining this gambit with 4.Nf3.this gambit is too tedious to deal with
5. b6 and u wont have much diffculty defending against blacks queenside attack
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