The Battering Benko

KillaBeez
Oct 27, 2009, 7:22 PM 3,352 Reads 16 Comments

The Benko Gambit is one of Black's modern tries against d4.  Black attempts to sacrifice a flank pawn to gain open files on the queenside and wrest the initiative away from White.  Top Grandmasters such as Carlsen, Topalov, and even Kasparov have played it.  Here is a game played by Kasparov in which he utterly crushes his opponent despite the fact that his opponent declined the gambit.  Fully annotated by myself.

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