Chess Opening for Black: Benko Gambit

The Benko Gambit, also called as the Volga Gambit, is a chess opening in the Benoni Defense with the following moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5.

Beginning in the late 1960s, this opening idea was promoted by Hungarian-American grandmaster Pal Benko, who provided many new suggestions and published his book “The Benko Gambit” in 1974. The name Benko Gambit stuck and is particularly used in English-speaking countries.

As we all know the famous quote from the first undisputed World Chess Champion Wilhelm Steinitz “A sacrifice is best refuted by accepting it”, the main line continues with White accepting the pawn sacrifice with 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 Bxa6 followed by Black fianchettoing the f8-bishop by playing g6 and Bg7, which becomes powerful later with its ability to pin White in the long diagonal.

In this video lesson, RCA guest coach IM Asaf Givon explains the opening especially after White accepting the sacrifice and he also explains about the Accelerated Benko Gambit.

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  1. Thanks for this information! Very good coverage here with much to consider! cheers!

  2. Why you don't show what happen after white pushed e5, ne8, bf4 defending the e pawn.

  3. Who is the guy narrating? Im interested in other videos he has. He seems to be a good teacher

  4. I like the Benko but I always play the Old Benoni to improve my chances of playing the Benko. Playing Nf6 allows too many options for white.

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