Welcome to my Benoni Defense (ECO A56) game with arrache page!

On this page I have posted my game where I played the Benoni Defense against arrache at ICC.

This game includes analysis and diagrams.

[Event “ICC 15 12”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2007.02.03”]
[Round “-“]
[White “arrache”]
[Black “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ICCResult “Black resigns”]
[WhiteElo “1503”]
[BlackElo “1535”]
[Opening “Benoni defense”]
[ECO “A56”]
[NIC “OI.06”]
[Time “20:00:32”]
[TimeControl “900+12”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. e3 g6 4. Nc3 cxd4 5. exd4 Bg7 6. Nf3 d5 7. c5 O-O 8.
Be2 e6 9. O-O b6 10. b4 a5 11. Ba3 axb4 12. Bxb4 Re8 13. Nb5 Nc6 14. a3 Nxb4
15. axb4 Rxa1 16. Qxa1 bxc5 17. bxc5 Ne4 18. Bd3 Bd7 19. Qb1 Qb8 20. Na3 Nc3
21. Qxb8 Rxb8 22. Nc2 Rb1 23. Rxb1 Nxb1 24. Nb4 Nc3 25. c6 Bc8 26. Ba6 Bxa6
27. Nxa6 Nb5 28. c7 Nxc7 29. Nxc7 h6 30. Kf1 Kf8 31. Ke2 Ke7 32. Kd3 Kd7 33.
Nb5 f6 34. Nc3 Kc6 35. Nd2 e5 36. dxe5 fxe5 37. f3 Kc5 38. h3 d4 39. Nce4+
Kd5 40. Nc4 Bh8 41. Ncd2 Bg7 42. Nf1 Bh8 43. Nfg3 Bg7 44. Ne2 Bh8 45. f4 Bg7
46. fxe5 Bxe5 47. Ng1 g5 48. Nf3 Bg7 49. g4 Bh8 50. Ned2 Bg7 51. Nb3 Bf6 52.
Nbxd4 Bg7 53. Nf5 Bf8 54. N3d4 Ke5 55. Ke3 Kf6 56. Kf3 Kg6 57. Ke4 h5 58.
Ne6 Ba3 59. Kf3 hxg4+ 60. hxg4 Kf6 61. Ned4 Bc1 62. Ne2 Bd2 63. Neg3 Ke5 64.
Ne4 Bf4 65. Nf2 Bc1 66. Nd3+ {Black resigns} 1-0

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Online Game
ICC
White: arrache (1503) Black: Mike Serovey (1535)

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. e3

Benoni Defense after 3. e3.

Benoni Defense after 3. e3.

Over the past two years most of my opponents have played either e3 or Nf3 here instead of d5. If White had played d5 here I would have played the Benko Gambit.

g6 4. Nc3 cxd4 5. exd4 Bg7 6. Nf3 d5

Benoni Defense after 6... d5.

Benoni Defense after 6… d5.

I am trying to play something similar to the Gruenfeld Defense, but I now think that d6 was better here.

7. c5 O-O 8. Be2 e6 9. O-O b6 10. b4 a5 11. Ba3 axb4 12. Bxb4 Re8

Benoni Defense after 12... Re8.

Benoni Defense after 12… Re8.

Black moved the Rook to e8 to get it off the diagonal that the White Bishop at b4 is on. White will soon have a passed pawn on c5 and that pawn will cause Black many problems.

13. Nb5 Nc6 14. a3 Nxb4 15. axb4 Rxa1 16. Qxa1 bxc5 17. bxc5 Ne4 18. Bd3?

Benoni Defense after 18. Bd3?

Benoni Defense after 18. Bd3?

Both sides missed the win of the pesky passed c pawn! The Knight on e4 can now capture on c5 because the pawn at d4 is pinned to the White Queen by the Black Bishop at g6. Black is later forced to sacrifice a Knight for that same pawn. Bd7? 19. Qb1 (Breaking the pin on the d pawn as well as protecting the Knight at b5.) Qb8 20. Na3 Nc3 21. Qxb8 Rxb8 22. Nc2 Rb1

Benoni Defense after 22... Rb1.

Benoni Defense after 22… Rb1.

Black wants to trade off the rooks here to simplify this endgame. If Black can trade off the pawn at d4 he has a chance of winning the c pawn.

23. Rxb1 Nxb1 24. Nb4 Nc3 25. c6! Bc8

Benoni Defense after 25... Bc8.

Benoni Defense after 25… Bc8.

Black moved the Bishop to c8 in order to stop the c pawn from queening but White’s next move removes that Bishop. No better is 25… Be8 after 26. Bb5! because then White is threatening to push the pawn to c7 attacking the Bishop at e8 and threatening to queen the c pawn on the next move. Black is outmaneuvered and will have to sacrifice the Knight to keep that passed c pawn from queening.

26. Ba6!! Bxa6 27. Nxa6 Nb5 28. c7 Nxc7 29. Nxc7 h6

Benoni Defense after 29... h6.

Benoni Defense after 29… h6.

Black is now down a Knight and his only chance of drawing this game is to trade off all of the pawns while hanging onto his Bishop. Both sides decided that now is the time to centralize their kings.

30. Kf1 Kf8 31. Ke2 Ke7 32. Kd3 Kd7 33. Nb5 f6

Benoni Defense after 33... f6.

Benoni Defense after 33… f6.

Black now wants to trade off White’s isolated d pawn and to create a passed d pawn for himself. However, White later uses his extra piece to win that passed pawn.

34. Nc3 Kc6 35. Nd2 e5 36. dxe5 fxe5

Benoni Defense after 36... fxe5.

Benoni Defense after 36… fxe5.

Mission accomplished. Black now has his passed d pawn. White now plays 37. f3 in order to prevent 37… e4+, but White can play the King back to c2 and be OK after the check.

37. f3 Kc5 38. h3 d4 39. Nce4+ Kd5 40. Nc4 Bh8

Benoni Defense after 40... Bh8.

Benoni Defense after 40… Bh8.

Now is the time for Black to play g5 preventing an immediate f4. Black does not want to trade his e pawn for the f pawn because then the Black pawn at d4 is harder to defend. Black now wastes time moving his Bishop back and forth because he cannot make any real progress here. White eventually comes up with a plan to win,  which shows that a player still has to win a won game!

41. Ncd2 Bg7 42. Nf1 Bh8 43. Nfg3 Bg7 44. Ne2 Bh8 45. f4!

Benoni Defense after 45. f4!

Benoni Defense after 45. f4!

This is where having a Black pawn at g5 would have come in handy for Black!

Bg7 46. fxe5 Bxe5 47. Ng1 g5

Benoni Defense after 47... g5.

Benoni Defense after 47… g5.

Now Black plays the pawn to g5, but it is a little late!

48. Nf3 Bg7 49. g4 Bh8 50. Ned2 Bg7 51. Nb3!

Benoni Defense after 51. Nb3!

Benoni Defense after 51. Nb3!

Here is where White wins the passed d pawn and things go downhill for Black.

Bf6 52. Nbxd4 Bg7 53. Nf5 Bf8 54. N3d4 Ke5 55. Ke3 Kf6 56. Kf3 Kg6

Benoni Defense after 56... Kg6.

Benoni Defense after 56… Kg6.

Black now has all of his men consolidated into a corner and only needs to get rid of White’s last two pawns to draw. However, Black needs to be careful about walking into a Knight fork and losing his Bishop or a pawn.

57. Ke4 h5 58. Ne6 Ba3 59. Kf3 hxg4+ 60. hxg4 Kf6 61. Ned4 Bc1 62. Ne2 Bd2 63. Neg3 Ke5?

Benoni Defense after 63... Ke5?

Benoni Defense after 63… Ke5?

Here is where Black begins to go astray and eventually walks into a Knight fork on his King and Bishop. Instead of defending his pawn with his King Black decided to try to win White’s pawn.

64. Ne4 Bf4 65. Nf2 Bc1?? 66. Nd3+ 1-0

Benoni Defense after 66. Nd3+ (Final position).

Benoni Defense after 66. Nd3+ (Final position).

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