Friday, December 11, 2009

The Benoni

Get ready to play in a chess tournament this weekend.

Here's a little video to help you get your engine started. (-or to just learn a little more about the game.)

I wish that this video asked basic questions I've run into for many years. What is the d5 push for White so better than other moves? What about just taking the c pawn, instead?

Alternatively, many White players reinforce d4 with Pawn-e3. While this temporarily locks in the W bishop, eventually it goes to b2, anyway. Usually, I play Sicilian style c x d4 but in this case, since White recaptures with a pawn instead of a Knight, he still ends up with a great pawn duo at c4 and d4 and superior center control.

The highlight of this video is the Taimanov Variation and Black's avoidance of it.

Chess events in your area . . . and visit jrobi who created these wonderful videos.