• 22 months ago


    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. 

  • 2 years ago


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


    yeah!The snake bites firmly, I have to try that in practice!

    Foot in Mouth

  • 4 years ago


    Any chance of one more Benoni video on the 7. f4 Taimanov variation?

  • 4 years ago


    There was a lot of lemons in there!

  • 5 years ago



    what would black do if 7.Nb6 ?

  • 5 years ago


    I'm very happy to see this vid on my last!


  • 5 years ago


    it's very interesting!

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  • 5 years ago

    IM Nezhmet

    The bishop on c7 holds up a usual move for white, a4-a5. Note in the Portisch-Benjamin game it found a great home on b6 after b7-b5 was played. It's not necessary in many lines to put it out on a5. Furthermore g7-g6 fianchettoes already weaken the black king and we avoid that weakness in the Snake often getting a knight usefully to g6 via d7 then f8 or e5. The Snake has a positional basis. Particularly nice is the Nimzovichian overprotection of e5.
  • 5 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    @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!



  • 5 years ago


    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.

  • 5 years ago


    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 because they kick-ass! Cool

  • 5 years ago


    Greatness here!!!  Well Done!!!!!

  • 5 years ago


    Great video! thanks.

  • 5 years ago


  • 5 years ago


    Another wonderfully instructive and entertaining video.  Thank you.

  • 5 years ago


    Thanks a lot, very interesting!

    Never played the Benoni before, but I think I will try this snake variation.

  • 5 years ago


    lol Not having a membership makes this opening appear horrible.

  • 5 years ago

    FM gauranga

    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.

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