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Benoni Loose Lips Sinks Ships

Benoni Loose Lips Sinks Ships

Oct 6, 2016, 6:17 PM 0

Money doesn't grow on trees, and neither do tactics fall out of the sky. Over the years I have been an absolute big fan of the Fritz training method that incorporates you clicking on undefended pieces, pieces that can give check and pieces that can be captured. For me, these are the fundamental alarms bells that go off to heighten you that a tactic may be in the air.


Playing the Black side of a Benoni (for the first time), my opponent has just played 19. Re1. Alarm bells went off for me as the Rook is undefended, leading to ideas on exploiting a pin on the e-file. Loose lips sink ships. Loose pieces sink games. 


Here I assessed it was favourable for Black to essentially exchange off White's d-pawn for his c-pawn, more so because of the activity it gave Black in eventually playing ... d5 himself, to exploit the undefended Rook on e1. There followed 19. ... Nxd5 20. Qxc4 Qb6+ 21. Kh1 Ne3 and this is the piece play I was seeking.

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