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  • 5 months ago

    Ambassador_Spock

    Benoni Counter-Blast is looking for a few good Benoni players.
  • 18 months ago

    ongelooflike

    yeah!The snake bites firmly, I have to try that in practice!

    Foot in Mouth

  • 2 years ago

    wormtownpaul

    Any chance of one more Benoni video on the 7. f4 Taimanov variation?

  • 2 years ago

    theprodigy01

    There was a lot of lemons in there!

  • 3 years ago

    a1s2d

    Hi,

    what would black do if 7.Nb6 ?

  • 3 years ago

    OPIATEOFTHEASSES

    I'm very happy to see this vid on my Ipad2...at last!

     


  • 3 years ago

    cokeeks0414

    it's very interesting!

  • 3 years ago

    Templetonkaka

    nice

  • 3 years ago

    IM Nezhmet

    The bishop on c7 holds up a usual move for white, a4-a5. Note in the Portisch-Benjamin game it found a great home on b6 after b7-b5 was played. It's not necessary in many lines to put it out on a5. Furthermore g7-g6 fianchettoes already weaken the black king and we avoid that weakness in the Snake often getting a knight usefully to g6 via d7 then f8 or e5. The Snake has a positional basis. Particularly nice is the Nimzovichian overprotection of e5.
  • 3 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    @nebunulpecal -- Though it is an awkward maneuver for sure, there are some merits. The two most obvious of which are:

    1 -- The Bishop on a5 can apply pressure to the c3-Knight, which might be critical in some variations, allowing black to be more aggressive against the e4-pawn.

    2 -- The Bishop on c7 (if it never makes it to a5) defends the potentially weak d6-pawn and by extension, applies support to the e5-square (which of course is critical because white is going to try for e5 for a long time).

    So though it is "weird" and I would agree likely not as good for black against solid preparation from white, it does have some value.

    Good video, Mark!

    Cheers

    Danny

  • 3 years ago

    nebunulpecal

    This is completely illogical and wrong because that Bishop is never better on a5 than on g7: Blacks wastes A LOT of time relocating his Bishop on a lame diagonal and depriving his King of a great defender. The only merit of this thing is the surprise factor.

  • 3 years ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Wow... CRAZYNESS! As well as making the Benoni a part of my repertoire (will be learning over xmas) which is long overdue, this "snake" Benoni will most certainly become one of my weapons of choice, it's not only an opening to suit my playing style, but also my personality - CRAZY! Yet another really well explained lecture, we need to see more of your lectures on chess.com because they kick-ass! Cool

  • 3 years ago

    jdm

    Greatness here!!!  Well Done!!!!!

  • 3 years ago

    shady4life

    Great video! thanks.

  • 3 years ago

    lbtr74aao

  • 3 years ago

    baddogno

    Another wonderfully instructive and entertaining video.  Thank you.

  • 3 years ago

    Math0t

    Thanks a lot, very interesting!

    Never played the Benoni before, but I think I will try this snake variation.

  • 3 years ago

    mattwroblewski

    lol Not having a membership makes this opening appear horrible.

  • 3 years ago

    FM gauranga

    Nice video about a classic Snake game. I think the Snake is a good sharp way to create some imbalances early on. Another advantage of the bishop on c7 is that it makes it almost impossible for White to ever play a4-a5. In my opinion, one critical line for Black is when White plays e2-e4 and f2-f4 early on.

  • 3 years ago

    IM Nezhmet

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