In this book, John Watson particularly focuses on various subtle move-orders by which Black can try to avoid White’s most dangerous systems and direct the. All about The Gambit Guide to the Modern Benoni by John Watson. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers. Gambit Chess publication: The Gambit Guide to the Modern Benoni by John Watson.

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This asymmetry suggests that White will try to play on the kingside and in the centre, while Black will seek counterplay on the queenside. The Fianchetto Variation has never been considered particularly dangerous for Black to meet, since White’s setup does not put Black’s position under immediate pressure.

The GAMBIT Guide to the Modern Benoni : John Watson :

This lets white play a pawn break of f2-f4. Revolution in the 70sTranslated by Ken Neat, London: Back to the above variation, and lets take a look at what Watson has to say about this particular variation. White has a central pawn majority, Black a queenside pawn majority.

Black should play 6…O-O, but 6…Nbd7 is also playable, especially if white plans to play g2-g4. Watson provides extensive verbal descriptions of opening strategy throughout the book, which is essential for players to fully understand the opening’s principles. With the knight on c4, Black’s The other capture The creation of such a pronounced structural imbalance so early on in the game implies that Black aims to counterattack rather than equalize.


Black can also try to reach the Modern Benoni through a Benoni Defence move order, i. Ng4, so that White can continue He also included some of the more common transpositions that Benoni players have to face semi-tarrasch, accelerated dragon and so on. As usual with Watson’s opening books, you can be confident that he has done his homework. Capablanca — MarshallNew York by transposition.

Qc2 Rfc8 is mentioned in the book. The fact that one must know a lot of theory just to secure a draw has rendered moern entire variation beginning with And he does a fine job! By far the most huide continuation for White is 8. However, White often prefers not to play 3. For this reason, a better way to play this opening is 1. Watson gives a lot of new ideas and tries to improve the existing theory. The opening regained some more of its former respectability when Vladimir Kramnikneeding a win with Black against Peter Lekoplayed it in the second to last game of the World Championship.

A Quick Guide to the Benoni Defense

It’s not the same. Alright I added the snake and some diagrams.

Gambit books by Watson: However, all of this does not mean the Gambot Benoni is not playable. The quality of production of the book is excellent. Either way, black should fianchetto the kingside bishop to strengthen control of the board. Typically, white responds to 1…c5 with 2. This item doesn’t belong on this page.


Taking the pawn with 3. Nd2but this allows Black to expand on the queenside with This book gives a lot of new ideas, and in some of the variations there is still a lot of work to do.

However, if you encounter this 2…e6 is the strongest response, gaining some control of the center, threatening the c5 pawn, and keeping with the general passive nature of the Benoni.

To support their advance, the king’s bishop is usually fianchettoed on g7. Bf4Black can either defend it with It was therefore with great expectations that I sat down to “read” his new book about one of the most difficult variations right now: Bg4when a transposition to the Classical Main Line is likely: I like the Modern Benoni because in real life at otb, I get a good percentage of wins because the complications are often too much for white.

The Benoni is a response to 1.