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Great to see this opening being covered. It is definitely a surprise weapon! For my first USCF tournament I ever played in, (which occurred 10 YEARS ago; obviously I was unrated) I played this and it shocked the heck out of my opponent who was rated 1968. He ended up thinking about the Bd6 move for quite a bit. I ended up winning by having superior control over e5 and threatened Ba5 causing him to worry about any Re1 ideas. I also unleashed my light-squared bishop to f5-g6 eventually. Really solid defense. Thanks for covering this.
yeah!The snake bites firmly, I have to try that in practice!
Any chance of one more Benoni video on the 7. f4 Taimanov variation?
There was a lot of lemons in there!
what would black do if 7.Nb6 ?
I'm very happy to see this vid on my Ipad2...at last!
it's very interesting!
@nebunulpecal -- Though it is an awkward maneuver for sure, there are some merits. The two most obvious of which are:
1 -- The Bishop on a5 can apply pressure to the c3-Knight, which might be critical in some variations, allowing black to be more aggressive against the e4-pawn.
2 -- The Bishop on c7 (if it never makes it to a5) defends the potentially weak d6-pawn and by extension, applies support to the e5-square (which of course is critical because white is going to try for e5 for a long time).
So though it is "weird" and I would agree likely not as good for black against solid preparation from white, it does have some value.
Good video, Mark!
This is completely illogical and wrong because that Bishop is never better on a5 than on g7: Blacks wastes A LOT of time relocating his Bishop on a lame diagonal and depriving his King of a great defender. The only merit of this thing is the surprise factor.
Wow... CRAZYNESS! As well as making the Benoni a part of my repertoire (will be learning over xmas) which is long overdue, this "snake" Benoni will most certainly become one of my weapons of choice, it's not only an opening to suit my playing style, but also my personality - CRAZY! Yet another really well explained lecture, we need to see more of your lectures on chess.com because they kick-ass!
Greatness here!!! Well Done!!!!!
Great video! thanks.
Another wonderfully instructive and entertaining video. Thank you.
Thanks a lot, very interesting!
Never played the Benoni before, but I think I will try this snake variation.
lol Not having a membership makes this opening appear horrible.
Nice video about a classic Snake game. I think the Snake is a good sharp way to create some imbalances early on. Another advantage of the bishop on c7 is that it makes it almost impossible for White to ever play a4-a5. In my opinion, one critical line for Black is when White plays e2-e4 and f2-f4 early on.
by IM Mark Ginsburg
"Hiss, hiss", goes the Snake Benoni! In this weekend's amazing featured video, IM Mark Ginsburg delivers the perfect climax to his 3-part installment on the Modern Benoni. This interesting sideline offers black dynamic counter chances after the f8-Bishop completes its "snake like" maneuver. What does a "notion, for pawn motion leading to a Knight eviction" from e5 look like? Find out in the Portisch Benjamin battle to end the lecture!
Players: Portisch, Lajos
vs. Benjamin, Joel
Related: « Part 2
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IM Mark Ginsburg
Mark learned chess at age 6 but only at age 13 was he informed that tournaments existed! He received the International Master title at age 22 and had a peak USCF rating of 2578 in 1993. Mark has twice been the Manhattan Chess Club Champion, and has also played quite a bit overseas in Belgium, Holland, England, and Switzerland. Mark has a PhD in Information Systems from NYU. Mark currently resides in Tucson, AZ and has been Co-State Champion of Arizona twice. Chess is a difficult proposition to teach because it combines logic and imagination, but Mark believes that if logic is applied then imaginative ideas work better. This belief comes through in his teaching style and practices...
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