Benko Gambit

  • billwall
  • | Sep 11, 2007

The Benko Gambit (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5) has been around since the 1930s.  In the USSR, it was called the Volga Gambit and plyed by Opocensky in the 1940s.  Pal Benko started playing and analyzing it in the 1960s, and wrote his book, The Benko Gambit, in 1973.  Black gives up a pawn for quick queenside development.  However, in this game, White give the pawn back and gets a good attack in the center.  White finally draws out the Black king and finds a forced mate.



  • 24 months ago


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  • 8 years ago


    Understood! Appreciate the advice, Bill. Hope your words of wisdom here helps others.

  • 8 years ago


    I think it is always best to accept the Gambit and try to win in the endgame.

  • 8 years ago


    Wonder if the better line of play for white would be to refuse the gambit and move 4 is b3, bring out the bishop for the a1-h8 control? OR, is the best line to always accept the Benko Gambit? What do you think Bill?

  • 9 years ago


    Re to Ivandh: Sorry, You may mean 13...Nxe5 (not Nxf5). And white has still an advanted position. Wink
  • 9 years ago


    Re to bendcat: I'm only an amateur but I think black lost because he didn't develop quickly, instead he chased white's pieces. Then he made a blunder with 13... Rb8. He was thinking about taking the knight on b5, but he should have played 13... Nxf5. After 14 kxf7 there was nothing black could do to stop checkmate, as far as I can see.


  • 9 years ago


    In Russian chess literature is written that this gambit was invented by B. Argunov from Kuibyshev (now Samara).
  • 9 years ago


    So.. this means benko gambit is weak or its just black had a mistake.
  • 9 years ago


    Very clever indeed.
  • 9 years ago


    Very clever King hunt...
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