• 4 years ago


    The benoni is totally playable.  After h3 by white, black need not routinely finish his development so quickly.  In fact leaving the bishop on f8 for an extra move and experimenting with b6 leaves the d6 guarded twice and will be always ready to meet the motif of a5 with b5 and b4 kicking the knight and hoping to get the queenside rolling.  There is a reason this system is not so popular for white and it is that it doesn't force black to make any difficult decisions.

  • 5 years ago


    good bos

  • 5 years ago


    At 19:56 did you ever consider Nxc5?  Sacrifcing a knight for 2 pawns?  It was tempting to me but I am no grandmaster.  I believe it would end up being a Knight for a rook and 2 pawns, or a knight for 3 pawns and initiative, but I am not sure what the best moves are.  I would be interested to know, how you quickly assess this variation and write it off as  'no good' in the a game situation.  Since you did not mention it I assume you determined it was non viable for some reason.  Hopefully, I can learn something to help my own evaluation process.    Thanks!

    Always enjoy your videos.

  • 5 years ago


    "Not long for this life" lol!  Thoroughly enjoyed your video and analysis - thanks!Smile

  • 5 years ago


    Great video, and a very well-thought system against the Benoni exposed with a model game.

    I like the way you methodically took out the main Black sources of counterplay.

    - the Bg4, Bxf3 idea weakening the control of d4 square, and getting rid of a piece that has no clear role in black's strategy. h3 took care of that.

    - the idea of pressuring the e4 pawn. Not playing e4 but e3 instead deprived Black of that target.

    - the idea of queenside expansion b5,b4, chasing the c3 knight and discovering an attack against b2. Qb3 and a5 took care of that.


    Deprived of his main traditional idea Black proved unable to get out of the box and was forced into passivity. Well done Cool

  • 5 years ago


    Great video, I always enjoy the analysis!  "Stop your computers" haha Tongue out

  • 5 years ago


    Great game, great analysis.  You explain the strategic ideas very nicely, it's cool to see how everything black tries leaves something behind for the white pieces to exploit.

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