Learn Benoni defense - from a live chess lesson
Aleksandar Randjelovic

Learn Benoni defense - from a live chess lesson

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The video is made of an online live chess lesson, featuring a student with around 1900/2000 ChessCom/Lichess rating points, whose fascinating voice and comments add a special flavor to the session in general.

By watching the video, you can learn the basic ideas and plans of the Benoni Defense (Modern Benoni). Originally meant to be a lesson that tends to emphasize the importance of understanding the pawn structure, this Benoni sequence is only a prelude to the main discussion which moves into the Nimzo- and Queen's Indian defense pawn structure. However, the other part of the session (Nimzo- and Queen's Indian defense pawn structures) will probably be shown in another video in the future.

Content of the lesson:

  • How to get into Modern Benoni?
  • Discussing Benoni pawn structure
  • How to develop minor pieces?
  • Black's pawn expansion on the queenside
  • White's pawn break in the center (e4-e5)
  • Trading the c8-bishop for the f3-knight
  • Should Black move g6-g5 to stop f2-f4?
  • Black uses the dark-squares (e5 & d4)
  • Is black King in danger after g6-g5?
  • Is solidifying e4 with f2-f3 good for White?
  • White plan - attack the weakness (d6-pawn)!
  • How to install b7-b5 (for Black)?
  • Doubled a-pawns (...Na6, Bxa6 bxa6)

Overall, the order of the content could've been better organized, but I guess this is still OK knowing that this was a live lesson, and not a pre-organized video content.

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