Welcome to my Benoni Defense games page!

On this page I display links to my chess games in which I played either side of the Benoni Defense.

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The games include analysis and diagrams. I will place the actual games on separate pages listed by the opponent played.

There are several variations of the Benoni Defense and I have sometimes transposed into the Benoni Defense from other openings. The typical move order goes something like this:

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 d6

Benoni Defense after 3... d6.

Benoni Defense after 3… d6.

Plans for Black usually include g6, Bg7 and 0-0. Black will then play either e6 or e5 and go for some play in the Center. I will usually play b5 and transpose into the Benko Gambit. However, there are many times in which my opponent will keep me in some variation of the Benoni Defense.

Here are some chess videos on the Benoni Defense

Modern Benoni

The Benoni Defense is a very aggressive opening that white can play against white’s initial 1. d4.  Against the very common opening from white of d4 a player must have multiple things that he can throw at white to give him a good chance to win.  In this video we take a look at the Modern Benoni which is one of the more sound variations of the Benoni Defense and some of the key concepts you should look at while you are playing both as white and as black


Modern Benoni, Czech Benoni and Taimanov variations

An opening strategy used by black to have a strong attack against white queen pawn openings.  The Benoni Defence and variations have been used by the likes of Bobby Fischer and Kasparov to name a few.


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