Modern Benoni Part 2

This is a placeholder for comments for the 2nd Modern Benoni Lecture.

You can hear it here:


The first Modern Benoni lecture was the exciting g2-g3 M. Amanov- Z. Amanov won by white, but we think we have improvements for black.  I also discussed the Amanov battle in the USCL Chess League material.

This second one we have here  is "Central Strategy" (h3, e4, Bd3) as recommended by Yermolinsky in the Road to Chess Improvement book.



  • 2 months ago


    Thank you IM Nezhmet!  After watching your video I had an opportunity to play b5 in the following game.  Unfortunately, I missed the strong follow up suggested in your video where the bishop relocates to a6 preventing castling.  But, your instruction still lead to a nice win for me.

  • 2 years ago


    Benoni Counter-Blast is looking for a few good Benoni players.
  • 3 years ago


    While this isn't exactly central strategy as it features a white e3 instead of e4, it seems to be the closest.  I collapse at the end of this game, missing a save of my position, but through 30 moves I think it is interesting and worth looking at.  Let me know what you guys think.

  • 5 years ago


    In the game Georg Meier vs. Vugar Gashimov annotation you note the line

    9..b5 10Nb5 Re8 11Nd2 Nd5.

    What is the concensus on the line

    9..b5 10Nb5 Re8 11Nd2 Ne4 12Be4 Ba6 13a4 Qa5 14Nd6 Nd7 15Qc2 f5....?

    I am thinking of the inspirational game Van Welly vs. Topalov, Wijk aan Zee, 1998 as an example.


    Thank you for a couple of great videos.  Will you look at the Taimanov attack next?

  • 5 years ago

    IM Nezhmet

    Less tactical means less aggressive.  The Modern Benoni is one of the sharpest openings available for black and puts white to the test early.  Listen to the first two videos to get a feel for some of the sharp lines.

  • 5 years ago


    What are some of the benefits/themes of the Benoni?  It seems really intersting, but I'm not quite sure it fits in with my style of play (less tactical and more agressive).

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