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Chess Opening Theory/1. d4/1...Nf6/2. c4/2...c5/3. d5/3...b5/4. cxb5/4...a6

Benko Gambit
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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Moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5
ECO code: A57-A59
Parent: Benoni Defence

Benko GambitEdit

4. ... a6Edit

The standard Benko Gambit line. White has three common options available to him:

  • 5. bxa6, accepting the gambit. Black then plays ...Bxa6, going into the classical Benko Gambit.
  • 5. b6 allows black to regain the pawn immediately via ...Qxb6, but in turn gives black fewer open lines. This is a good line for players who don't wish to get involved in theoretical lines as white.
  • 5. Nc3 is an interesting alternative where white prefers to just continue with development.

Theory tableEdit

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5

5 6 7
bxa6
Bxa6
Nc3
d6
Nf3
g6
b6
Bxa6
Nc3
d6
Nf3
g6
Nc3
Bxa6
Nc3
d6
Nf3
g6

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ReferencesEdit

  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.