Welcome to my Benoni Defense game with Denis (The Ancient Brit) page!

On this page I have posted my game where I played  the Benoni Defense against Denis (The Ancient Brit) at Stan’s NetChess.

This game includes analysis and diagrams.  I was actually playing against his chess software, named Dave, at a 1792 rating level. Denis is 68 years old and is from “Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales, the land of castles, mountains and long place names. Five miles from here is Llanfairp wllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndr obwllllantysiliogogogoch! Known as Llanfair P.G. to the locals.” Denis also states, “Because of the way the mountains deflect the warm Gulf Stream air, we have palm trees growing in Bangor. We also have a annual rainfall of 90 inches. The hottest it has been here in the last five years is 75F.” I learn something new every day!

[Event “Game 287787”]
[Site “Stan’s NetChess”]
[Date “2004.12.19”]
[Round “?”]
[White “The Ancient Brit”]
[Black “mserovey”]
[Result “0-1”]

1. d4 c5 2. e3 Nf6 3. dxc5 Qa5+ 4. c3 Qxc5 5. Nh3 d5 6. Nf4 Bg4 7. Qa4+ Bd7
8. Qb4 Qxb4 9. cxb4 e5 10. Nd3 e4 11. Ne5 Bxb4+ 12. Bd2 Bxd2+ 13. Nxd2 Nc6 14.
Nxc6 Bxc6 15. Rc1 O-O 16. Nb3 Rac8 17. Nd4 Bd7 18. Rc3 Rxc3 19. bxc3 Rc8 20. Bb5
Rxc3 21. Kd2 Ra3 22. Rc1 Rxa2+ 23. Ke1 g6 24. Bxd7 Nxd7 25. Kf1 Ne5 26. Rc2 Rxc2
27. Nxc2 a5 28. Ke2 b5 29. Nd4 b4 30. f4 exf3+ 31. gxf3 f5 32. f4 Nc4 33. Nc6
Kf7 34. Kd1 b3 35. Kc1 a4 36. Nd4 b2+ 37. Kb1 a3 38. Nf3 Nxe3 39. Ka2 Nc4 40.
Ng5+ Kg7 41. Nf3 d4 42. Nxd4 Nd2 43. Kxa3 b1=Q 0-1

1. d4 c5

Benoni Defense after 1... c5

Benoni Defense after 1… c5

I played this move order to try to get White to advance the d Pawn and avoid some of those goofy lines in which White never plays c4. I’m wanting to transpose into either the Sicilian Defense or the Benko Gambit. I never really got either one!

2. e3 Nf6 3. dxc5

Benoni Defense after 3. dxc5

Benoni Defense after 3. dxc5

At this point I’m trying to decide if I should play the Queen to a5+ or e6 to recapture my Pawn. This looks like a Réti Opening in reverse. If 3… e6 4. b4 a5 5. bxa5 Qxa5+ I end up with  something similar to what I actually played. I didn’t like moving my Queen twice in the early part of the opening but played it anyway.

Qa5+ 4. c3 (Nc3 is better because it develops a piece.) Qxc5 5. Nh3 d5

Benoni Defense after 5... d5

Benoni Defense after 5… d5

At this point Black has a slight lead in development and the Knight on f6 is better placed than the one on h3. Knights belong in the Center where they have 8 squares they can go to instead of just 4 on the edge of the board. Also, a Knight on the edge of the board does not influence the Center at all! 6. Nf4 (Moves the Knight twice before developing another piece. White gets behind in development because of mistakes like this one.) Bg4 7. Qa4+ Bd7

Benoni Defense after 7... Bd7

Benoni Defense after 7… Bd7

At this point The White Knight has moved twice and the Black Bishop has also moved twice. Black is still OK because now the White Queen has to move again and Black gains another tempo.

8. Qb4? (Doubles a Pawn.) Qxb4 9. cxb4 e5

Benoni Defense after 9... e5

Benoni Defense after 9… e5

Now, Black is attacking both the doubled Pawn on b4 and the Knight on f4. White has to move that Knight for a third time before completing “his” development.

10. Nd3 e4 11. Ne5 (Fourth time this Knight has moved. The same thing happened in the other game against this program!) Bxb4+ 12. Bd2

Benoni Defense after 12. Bd2

Benoni Defense after 12. Bd2

12… Nc6 is also playable. Capturing on d2 does allow White to develop a piece but would still be played after 12… Nc6 13. Nxc6 (Leaving the Bishop on b4 now unprotected.) Bxd2+

Bxd2+ 13. Nxd2 Nc6 14. Nxc6

Benoni Defense after 14. Nxc6

Benoni Defense after 14. Nxc6

In closed positions knights are usually better than bishops. However, in most endgames bishops are stronger. Capturing on d7 may have been better here.

Bxc6 15. Rc1 O-O 16. Nb3 Rac8 17. Nd4 Bd7

Benoni Defense after 17... Bd7

Benoni Defense after 17… Bd7

White still lags behind in development! I’m willing to trade rooks here in order to gain control of the open c file.

18. Rc3? Rxc3! (Now White has an isolated Pawn on c3 and I can develop my other Rook on the c file and attack this Pawn.) 19. bxc3 Rc8

Benoni Defense after 19... Rc8

Benoni Defense after 19… Rc8

20. Bb5 Rxc3 21. Kd2 Ra3 22. Rc1 Rxa2+ 23. Ke1 g6

Benoni Defense after 23... g6

Benoni Defense after 23… g6

Now Black has a position that resembles the Kings Indian Defense. Black is up two passed Queenside pawns and a Center Pawn.

24. Bxd7 Nxd7 25. Kf1? (This move does nothing and move the King away from the Center. We are in an endgame now so both kings belong in the Center.) Ne5 26. Rc2 Rxc2 27. Nxc2 a5

Benoni Defense after 27... a5

Benoni Defense after 27… a5

Passed pawns must be pushed! I thought about 27… Ng4 trying to win a Pawn but realized that pawn grabbing here is not the best strategy. I decided to tie White to defending against the passed pawns queening and then to go after the Kingside pawns.

28. Ke2 b5 29. Nd4 b4 30. f4

Benoni Defense after 30.f4

Benoni Defense after 30.f4

Here Black has a choice between capturing en passant (which I did) or moving the Knight on e5. I realized that the backward Pawn on d5 was weak, either way, so I decided to give my Knight a little more time on e5 and not worry about the d Pawn. White will be tied up for a while with those two passed Queenside pawns.

exf3+ 31. gxf3 f5 (To prevent, or delay, e4.)32. f4 Nc4 33. Nc6 Kf7

Benoni Defense after 33... Kf7

Benoni Defense after 33… Kf7

The Black King needs to be in the Center to prepare for attacking the Kingside pawns and to restrict the movements of the White Knight.

34. Kd1 b3 35. Kc1 a4

Benoni after 35... a4

Benoni after 35… a4

Now the Black Knight is free to move if necessary. The White Pawn on e3 is now hanging.

36. Nd4 b2+ 37. Kb1 a3!

Benoni Defense after 37... a3!

Benoni Defense after 37… a3!

White cannot defend the e Pawn here. We both missed 38… Nd2+!! 39. K-any b1=Q

38. Nf3 Nxe3 39. Ka2 Nc4 40. Ng5+ Kg7 41. Nf3 d4!

Benoni Defense after 41... d4

Benoni Defense after 41… d4

I finally saw the idea that I missed earlier! Black is daring White to take the Pawn on d4 so that the Black Knight can go to d2 to support the Pawn that will Queen on b1.

42. Nxd4 Nd2 43. Kxa3 b1=Q 0-1

Benoni Defense after 43... b1=Q (Final position)

Benoni Defense after 43… b1=Q (Final position)

If 44. Ne6+ Kh6 45. Ka4 Qa2+ winning the Knight. If 44. Ka4 Qa1+ winning the Knight.

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