The Benko Gambit is a special answer to 1.d4 in which Black sacrifices ...More
The Benko Gambit is a special answer to 1.d4 in which Black sacrifices a pawn right off the bat. If White plays 4.cxb5 then 4...a6 usually follows. Black hopes that the open a- and b- files, combined with a fianchettoed king-bishop, will give him great pressure on the queenside.
- Unusual positions result
- The gambit is considered sound
- White can decline the gambit in various ways
- There are many different responses for White
- Sometimes White can give back the pawn to gain the initiative