An Intro to the Benko Gambit
Here is a look at the main line of the Benko Gambit. This variation comes from the moves 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5! and will provide context as we look at the ideas and plans in this line and then go on to look at other variations of the Benko Gambit.
In this main line white accepts blacks challenge to accept the pawns offered on b5 and a6. In return for being a pawn down, black gets pressure down the a and b files and considerable piece activity. the Benko Gambit isn't played at the highest levels, but it is regarded as a valid opening where black does get almost full compensation. White must tread carefully and precisely. If you enjoy playing dynamic chess, the Benko Gambit is a great way to enjoy that type of game.
Check out these other lines of the Benko Gambit:
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