Welcome to my Benoni Defense game with Mark Tork page!

On this page I have posted my game where I played the Benoni Defense against Mark Tork at Stan’s NetChess.

This game includes analysis and diagrams. The game starts off as a Réti and then transposes into a Queen’s Pawn Game and a Pirc.  Although White never played c4 I called this opening a Benoni because of Black’s set up.

Game #236436
Stan’s NetChess
White: Mark Tork Black: Mike Serovey

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. d4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6

Benoni Defense after 4... d6.

Benoni Defense after 4… d6.

At this point in the game we have transposed into a classical Pirc Defense. White’s next two moves take the opening out of the Pirc Defense.

5. g3 O-O 6. d5 c5

Benoni Defense after 6... c5.

Benoni Defense after 6… c5.

It was at this point that I decided to play this like a Benko Gambit or Sicilian Defense and attack on the Queenside.

7. Bg2 a6 8. O-O b5 9. a3 Nbd7 10. b4? Nxe4!!

Benoni Defense after 10... Nxe4!!

Benoni Defense after 10… Nxe4!!

Black now wins a piece and a pawn. If now 11. Nxe4 Bxa1 winning the exchange and anything else loses the Knight on c3.

11. Bb2 Nxc3 12. Qd2 cxb4 13. Rae1 Bb7 14. axb4 Nxd5!

Benoni Defense after 14... Nxd5!

Benoni Defense after 14… Nxd5!

Black is now up a Knight and two pawns. White now tries to get some compensation for his material by attacking Black’s e pawn.

15. Bxg7 Kxg7 16. Ng5 N7f6 17. Re2 e6 18. Qd4 h6 19. Rxe6?!

Benoni Defense after 19. Rxe6?!

Benoni Defense after 19. Rxe6?!

If Black captures the Rook now 20. Nxe6+ forks the King and Queen and thus wins the exchange. Although Black could accept this sacrifice and still be up material it is better to simply take the Knight that White left hanging.

hxg5 20. Ree1 Rb8 21. f4? gxf4

Benoni Defense after 21... gxf4.

Benoni Defense after 21… gxf4.

I gave 21. f4 a question mark because it allows Black to get rid of the doubled pawn and also allows Black to force the trade of queens. Black is up material and trading queens makes it easier for Black to win. In addition, White’s kingside pawn structure is now shattered.

22. gxf4 Qb6 23. Qxb6 Nxb6 24. Rd1 Bxg2 25. Kxg2 d5 0-1

Benoni Defense after 25... d5 (Final position).

Benoni Defense after 25… d5 (Final position).

White is down two knights and a pawn and thus resigned. Black’s isolated d pawn is well protected and Black could now target White’s backwards c pawn. White’s only change for any attack would be to double up the rooks on the a file to attack Black’s a pawn, but Black can easily defend that pawn.

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